It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the problems taking place in the world. It seems like everything you hear on the news is one negative thing after another. It is discouraging and you wonder whether anything you do actually makes a difference. It is a depressing thought, but the truth is that most people think the world is getting worse. And with such negative beliefs it leaves you doing nothing. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Earlier this year the Gates Foundation published their annual letter and did an amazing job dispelling three myths that block progress from the poor, which also in turn dissuades people from doing something to help those in need. The letter breaks down each myth, argues that the future is promising, and emphasizes that each and every single thing we do has a profound impact on someone else’s life.
Myth 1: Poor countries are doomed to stay poor. The letter explains that countries are not doomed to stay poor because there are many examples of developing nations that have already developed, proving that it can be done. The piece goes further to predict that by the year 2035 most countries will be self-sufficient.
Myth 2: Foreign aid is a big waste. The letter argues that foreign aid is a phenomenal investment as the radical improvement in how many people are living longer healthier lives today versus 30 years ago proves it is making an impact. It urges that the question shouldn’t be whether aid works but instead how it can work better.
Myth 3: Saving lives leads to overpopulation. Lastly the letter dispels the belief that saving lives leads to overpopulation because when child mortality rates decline, birth rates will follow suit, which has already been the case in countless countries.
As you can see, the future is bright and progress is undoubtedly taking place. With that said, The Hunger Project is celebrating World Hunger Day on May 28th. It is an annual event that celebrates sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty. We want to urge everyone to help in any way that they can. Whether that is making a donation to the Hunger Project, downloading the Hunger Project's One World One Song, hosting a fundraising event or of course buying a KUTOA bar and feeding a child in need. Every bit helps and is making a difference. And as the annual letter says, "The belief that the world can't solve extreme poverty and disease isn't just mistaken. It is harmful." Let's stop allowing these misguided beliefs to impede upon the potential we can achieve and let's all do our part to help improve the world.