Saturday, July 3, 2010

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said, "Global poverty is a powder keg that could be ignited by our indifference."

Yet every day I discover new antidotes for global despair in the form of cutting-edge non-profits working on the world's enormous problems. From hunger, poverty and the rights of women to drought, HIV/AIDS and water scarcity, these non-profits have a desire for a better world that seems unstoppable. The founders may or may not be rich and they may just as easily live in Middletown, Ohio, as Jakarta, Indonesia. Somehow, their own lives have been touched in such a way that they are compelled to do the work they do. Americans are charitable and caring especially since many of us know, compared to the rest of the world, we have too much. Our instincts to share and help are a deep part of our heritage and simply right.