BENEFITING: International Rescue Committee
In the high school where I work, I teach a Holocaust and human rights course where I stress to my students action and accountability in dealing with human rights, genocide, the responsibility we have for one another, and refusing to never be a bystander. My class and I are teaming up with the International Rescue Committee, or the IRC, to do our small part in making the world a better place. Through this wonderful organization, we are hoping to provide a water distribution station to families hit by poverty or natural disaster and to provide emergency food packets to children around the world, and we need your help! Water and sanitation play a major part in ensuring the life and longevity of a person. In 2016, 663 million people or almost 10% of people living on our planet lacked access to clean water and 2.4 billion people or a little over 34% of people did not have adequate sanitation. In addition to this, natural disasters can leave millions of more people without access to clean water. Each day, nearly 1,000 children in developing nations die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases. Following the massive floods in Pakistan that submerged one-fifth of the country, the IRC moved quickly to provide access to clean water and other necessities for hundreds of thousands of uprooted people. A water distribution station helps provide families in need with a supply of safe, healthy water—a critical part of the rebuilding process. In addition to access to water, time is of the essence for malnourished children or those starving. One in nine people in the world today do not have enough to eat, with 98% of the world’s undernourished people living in developing nations and areas such as Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. 60% of the world’s hungry are women, 1 out of 6 infants born in 2016 were born with a low birth weight in developing nations, and nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernourishment. That means about 3 million children die unnecessarily each year. Believe it or not, every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger-related diseases. To survive a food crisis, like the one in Nigeria, children need something quick and nutritious. With your donation of any amount, the IRC will give children access to therapeutic foods that requires neither preparation nor medical supervision. It’s easy to distribute, tastes good to children and — most importantly — puts them on the path to health. For example, $68 can deliver a month’s supply of emergency food packets for at least 50 malnourished children.