Have Much, Waste Much

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Kairos Children's Fund - kairoschildrens.fundOriginally published in 2019

Those who have, don’t know need, while those who don’t have, just don’t have what they need. I see so much abundance in this world, and I see so much need. Nobody wants to be apathetic, but it is a choice. We can choose to help.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how much “we” have in developed countries, and how little people in underdeveloped countries have. When I say we, I am including myself because I am an American. Yet increasingly, people in my own city are becoming the haves and not the have-nots. An article in The Guardian gives us a picture of the waste that is prevalent today. This article says that about half of all the food produced in the world ends up as waste: ”As much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2bn tonnes – ends up as waste every year, engineers warned in a report called Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not, found that between 30% and 50% or 1.2-2bn tonnes of food produced around the world never makes it on to a plate.”Let’s draw a line between those who strive for what they need and those who strive more for what they think they need than for what they really need.

Those below the line are twice as needy as those above it, and if you are above the line you can help those below it. Don’t think you can’t, because you can. The apathy comes in when one thinks that he can not do what he can. When one thinks a want is a need, when others really need it.

Think about it. Are you above or below the line of need? If you find yourself buying toys for your kids, or cheap phones, you are most likely above the line. Help someone below it.A good place to start is with the Kairos Children’s Fund. $20 is the cost of a big burger, a days worth of cell phone calls. Yet this amount can send a kid to school for a month. It’s hard to validate our spending when we realize how far this small amount can go.

Kairos Children's Fund is a small charity that encourages sponsors to engage with their sponsored child. Get to know them. We require our scholars to write letters, and even if they want to they can communicate through a proxy on Facebook or email. This means that they will write the communication to their sponsor, but the proxy will also have access to the account for reasons of safety and security.