You know those flintstone or gummy bear vitamins your parents used to make you take? Well did you know that those vitamins that to you were just a candy and served a purpose of extra enrichment to your immune system could just as easily save the lives of children? That’s because: An estimated 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient. An estimated 250,000 to 500,000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year. Half of them die within 12 months of losing their sight. This is easily corrected with an inexpensive vitamin supplement. So now that you know this why don’t you use the power that you have as a healthy human being to spread the word and find out how you can share the joy of sight and life with these children!
Every day, poverty kills more than 50,000 innocent people - 18 million every year.
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- Source: World Health Organization (2004 report, most recent available, current deaths may be far higher due to global economic setbacks and the rising cost of food)
A picture that spoke out from Hearts & Minds’ 2012 trip to Haiti. In this woman’s face you can see the strain she has gone through and by the bounty of food in front of her along with her smile it is easy to see how grateful she is for it and also just how hard she has worked for it. Many people in Haiti survive and don’t surrender to poverty with the crops they take care of which provide them with enough to survive. It is truly inspirational.
“Without proper access to clean water, community members often suffer from nutritional deficiencies and waterborne diseases. For millions of people living in developing countries like Togo, these conditions are everyday realities that inhibit their ability to work, pursue an education or raise a family. Access to clean water is not only the basis of reducing poverty and illness; it is the foundation of a productive and fully functioning community.”
- Peace Corps Health Volunteer Danielle Maisano
Image description: Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park’s most popular destinations (including the Hall of Mosses pictured above).
Photo from the National Park Service