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3 billion people live on less than $2 per day, 1.3 billion of them on less than $1 per day. (world’s population: 6.7 billion). Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has more wealth than the bottom 45% of American households combined. . To put that into perspective,

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3 billion people live on less than $2 per day, 1.3 billion of them on less than $1 per day.

(world’s population: 6.7 billion)

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To put that into perspective, of

here’s a map illustrating wealth by country in 2002.

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Starvation of claims one life every 3.6 seconds, usually a child under the age of five.

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If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet, and spare change somewhere around the house, you are among the richest 8% of the world’s population.

If you have a car,

you are among the richest 7%.

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43% of the world lives without have computers.basic sanitation.

Close to half of the people in developing countries are suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.

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Less than have computers.one percent of what the world spends each year on weapons is enough money to put every child into school.

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Wealth Distribution have computers.

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Where do have computers.youstand?

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$8 have computers.could buy you 15 organic apples


25 fruit trees for farmers in

Honduras to grow and sell

fruit at their local market.


could buy you a Season of

Grey’s Anatomy on DVD


a First Aid kit for an entire village in Haiti.

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$73 have computers. could buy you a new mobile phone


a new mobile health clinic to

care for AIDS orphans in



could buy you a second

generation HDTV


schooling for an entire

generation of children in an Angolan village.

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Where are our priorities? have computers.

What we spend:

How much it would cost:

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“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought

to be until you are what you ought

to be. This is the interrelated

structure of reality.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you can't feed 100 people,

then feed just one." -Mother Teresa

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So what can you do? can never be what I ought

Get involved!

There are tons of ways to do it:

- Check out www.charitynavigator.org or www.onepercentmatters.org to find organizations that interest you

- Check out http://uuis.umich.edu/maizepgs/

to find organizations on campus

- Sign up at www.thedp.org for DP Day (Detroit Project) on March 29 to help serve the Detroit community

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Meet Lenatus… can never be what I ought

By skipping out on dinner and a movie or coffee every so often, I easily save $30 a month, which provides Lenatus and his family with clean water, nutritious food, health care, and schooling.

Check out www.worldvision.org or www.compassion.com for more info on child sponsorship.

Go in with a couple of friends if $30 is too much!

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Whatever you do… can never be what I ought

do something to share the


you enjoy with


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Submitted by: can never be what I ought

Lacey Bierlein (University of Michigan)

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