Dripping Lives

What is the single most essential need for our survival?

Many might say food, shelter, etc.

But truth is, it is something that we as most americans take for granted every day. Something that we use so much of, that it is involved in everything we do!

If you havent figured it out, it’s water!

We use water in hygiene, cleaning, drinking, our cloths, our cars, our houses, well basically in everything!


We look at how much water is around us, its amazing how much we use and how we take it for granted! An average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day! Wow, and the funny thing is most of this water goes to waste. We always waste water and take it for granted because it is basically free for us americans due to the subsidy on water. But what bout other countries? What about countries with limited amount of resources, especially water? Counties that have citizens basically spending have their days working for water just to stay alive. The sad part is they pay 5 to 10 times more than a rich person might pay for water. Can we ever survive if we lived like this?

Don’t really care yet? well consider some of these facts!

  • An estimated 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation and 1.1 billion people are without access to safe water.
  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
  •  90 percent of wastewater in developing countries is discharged into rivers and streams without any treatment
  • In the past ten years, diarrhea related to unsanitary water has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since WWII.
  •  Homeowners in Washington, DC, pay about $350 a year worth amount of water. Buying that same amount of water from a vendor in Guatemala City would cost more than $1,700.
Now imagine being a citizen of one of these citizens. How would you feel? You would probably see this as unfair! Which it is! I mean does that make sense? desperately poor people paying more for an essential than a rich person might? Of course not!

Now people say “we can’t do anything they live thousands of miles away”. Well that’s a myth! We can all take our part in helping this crisis! And mainly by changing our lifestyles and attitude towards water!

Here are some facts about our daily uses and how it can help to change it:
  •  Older toilets use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush. However, WaterSense labeled toilets require 75 to 80 percent less water.
  •  leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day.
  • A bathroom faucet generally runs at 2 gallons of water per minute. By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving, a person can save more than 200 gallons of water per month.
  • High-efficiency washing machines can conserve large amounts of water. Older machines use about 27 to 54 gallons of water per load, but the new high-efficiency machines uses less than 27 gallons per load.
  • Washing the dishes with an open tap can use up to 20 gallons of water, but filling the sink or a bowl and closing the tap saves 10 of those gallons.
  • Keeping a pitcher of water in the refrigerator saves time and water instead of running the tap until it gets cold.
Wow, that’s a lot of water conserved! Now imagine how many children and starving humans can benefit from these savings. By doing these things, you’ll each probably save about 20 lives!
If your more interested in seeing how much water you personally waste and use daily you can click here and follow the instructions and will see exactly how much you use a day.

But the problem is saving lives is still not enough motivation for us. Well maybe higher prices for water might. But our government doesn’t care for how many lives they might save, they only look in the self interest of its people. Well maybe that’s just too selfish for leaders. Well hopefully, we , the leaders of the future, can take a stand and change the ways of our living for the greater benefit of saving many lives!

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Started With Pleasure, and Ended With 7 Billion…

We are all human, and the truth is humans like sex. It’s an endless appetite in our human nature. We all desire it and we all cant get enough of it. Especially live within a society that must include sex as part of every day activities. We even create movies about sex.

There nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with us being a sex driven society. But that’s because we are educated, and able to use contraceptives that would diminish the probability of having a child.

But how about other countries? countries like India, Haiti, Nigeria, and other African countries..

These are counties where the women and men are uneducated, and live only to reproduce to survive. But the fat of the matter is, this reproduction is not whats hindering them but rather over reproduction. These are all humans like us, with sexual organs and sexual desires just like us. What can they do? Stop sex? Of course not, but due to their lack of education and contraceptives their sexual desires often lead to a child that they can not support and it hinders the family as a whole. Many of these families simply have the numerous amount of children because they know not all will survive and need children to take care of their family in there elderly years. But doing so only adds to the competition for survival within a family in these poor countries. To add to the dangers that these families face by having a child, most women that do not want to bear a child look to the alternative of abortion. And due to the poverty within these counties, abortions are often practiced in the allies of the streets with unsterile utensils and untrained physicians. Doing this most often leads to the illness of the mothers and eventually their deaths.

Can you imagine being in a family like this one?

I sure can’t, I can’t even stand the thought of kids competing with their siblings to survive.

But if you are one of those heartless people who say who cares that’s far away from us it wont affect us. Think about this: our planet currently has 6,965,444,793 inhabitants. And this number is rising at the rate of 490,000 babies a day. Can you imagine that? Well if you can’t let me tell you some of the issues that may arise with this issue of overpopulation, there is more of a competition for essentials in this world, there would also be major diseases going around. And to add to all of that, more populations means more pollutions which eventually affects us in our daily lives wherever we live. So if you think overpopulation in other countries wont affect you, think again, we are all citizens of one family, we are all members of earth.

If your interested in seeing the populations of today please visit: http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

Well people say we can’t do anything about other countries not being educated about sex. Wrong! Here are some actions we can all take in order to make sure we control this out of control issue.

  • Donate to charities that help struggling countries with planned parenthood.
  • Inform other members of our society about the dangers arising from this issue.
  • Send aid to organizations that provide contraceptives to people in other countries.
  • And we can always research on our own about this growing issue. By visiting sites like http://www.overpopulation.org/
Remember we don’t live on this planet alone there will other that will need our help, and if we don’t do what we can, then we’ll only be hurting ourselves. Next time we take our contraceptives for granted, think of how many families are dying for something like that. We can all lend a helping hand, but all it takes is some motivation, and if the thought of having 7 billion people inhabit the planet doesn’t motivate you to help, I don’t know what will.

Immature Immature…

I recall as a child, I was always very stuborn. (I still kinda am) But like every other child, I went about my stubbornness in the wrong way. Whenever someone said something I did not like,I ignored them! Whenever someone said something that annoyed me i would give them this discusting facial expression and walk away.

so as you can imagine, I always kinda looked like this.

Well without the bow of course!

But that was my past,I have grown up and became a man. A man that deals with all the situations in the correct way (well almost all). I have changed from who I was, I no longer ignore those ideas I detest, or those thoughts that annoy me. I stand up for myself and defend myself and speak out for myself whenever I have something to express. Which is how all mature people are. Thats the difference between an adult a child, a child can handle any situation rather than run from it. I mean come one, how would the world be if when an adult was faced with an issue all they do is ignore it and made this face.

Our world would be full of immature children!

Luckily it isn’t, however, its led by some.

Recently in a United Nations conference, some of the leaders of the greatest nations in the world acted just as I did as a child. During a speech given by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, the representative of the USA, France, and the UK stood up and walked out in the middle of the speech. Mahmoud was talking about how they are going into innocent countries and such to gain revenge for 9/11. Which by the way I completely disagree about, he was talking like a fool. But the way our representative reacted was even more foolish and immature. If our great leaders stayed for the entire speech they might of heard some of the reasonable thoughts that Mahmoud said besides the crap he said before. He also talked about how we are wasting millions of dollars for operations that do not need to be held. These millions of dollars can be put towards fixing this economy that is quickly tumbling downhill.

So besides his ignorant parts of his speech about revenge for 9/11 and killing Osama Ben Ladin, Mahmoud had some reasonable ideas that should be taken into account in our crazy and corrupted economy. I mean think about it,how much money have we spent on wars that we can use to help our economy. Don’t know how much it is? Check it out.

http://costofwar.com/en/

Well now you see how much, think about how many were left homeless and starving due to our economical issues. If you don’t care about other countries, then you should at least care about yours. The wars are corrupting it both mentally and financially.

We can’t change our immature leaders, but we can make sure they show up as our leaders again. And we can make sure that we will never be the same leaders as them in our futures. We live in a grownup society, so lets act like grownups.


Extending A Hand

Imagine, living off two dollars a day. I mean, I spend more than two dollars a day on my coffe; yet alone my food, my gas, and my car payments. I really can’t see how I can ever survive with only two dollars a day. On the other hand, I have seen it done. As a matter of fact I come for a world where it is done by over 35% of the population. And thats only the media released percentage (we all know how accurate that is). I fortunatly was not among this unfortunate population, but was still affected by them. Being surrounded by this was not pleasurable and certainly not fun. But thanks to my parents I was able to leave that harsh world behind and come to America to explore new worlds and opportunities. Something that many will never get the chance to.

Just because those unfortunate few do not get the same opportunities to come to this wondrous land, does not mean they should not have the opportunity to the main human rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. They are like a new born baby, unable to feed itself and requiring a mother to feed it. Well we, the people of the United States have many opportunities to help them; but over seek these opportunities to help for our own self intrest. Even though it can be as simple as writting a short blog to inform the world of these tragedies.

Why do we as Americans do this? Why can’t we just pick up a pencil and write a letter to our congress to help those in need of a strong government? or write a small check that will keep a child alive for a year? or write how we feel about these countries and share them to discover the truth?

Because we do not care! We are all (including myself) involved in our daily lives with our families, our work, our school, or our social lives. But the truth is we dont have to give up any of this, we only have to incorporate time to help those who are helpless. Thats a lesson that I learned the hard way, that we can all do our part in helping those who truely need it. After seeing gruesome pictures and videos of families in my country killed for going to church, I was touched; and inspired. Inspired to tell the world the truth, the truth that no one cares about. Because everyone only cares for themselves.

Take a good look at these children. Would you send out a check for 20 dollars to keep them alive for a year?

If no, would you if you found out they were your sisters? If yes, would you do more if you found out they are your sisters?

Well here is the truth, we all of the same family, of the same home, and of the same race. We are all members of the family under mother earth, we all dwell in the same earth, and we are all of the human race. So why is it that we care only for those in our houses but not those thousands of miles away. We are greedy!

But there is hope, many like me, are attempting to reach out to the world and inform the citizens of the world of the truth, or the horrors and the disasters. By doing so, we will educate the rulers of the future which is the only way we can help those countries in need. We can finally all be like the mother extending to her babies and feeding them. And finally give them their natural human rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Just as we (Americans) have.

I began this blog to illustrate who I am, and have rambled on and on about these poor and helpless children. But this IS who I am, a man interested in these poor kids, and is seeking anyway to help them, whether it by charities, or by writing a blog about them. I am very connected to these children, and only because I feel fortunate, fortunate that I went from the sad life in Egypt, to the prosperous life America. Fortunate that I went from hell to heaven. And only wish everyone can enjoy this fortune in any way possible.

Although I left, Egypt and its poor people will always be a part of me. Now I can only wish to give them back through my effort in helping them.