DID YOU KNOW? Over 700 million people around the world live on less than $2 a day.
As you go through this day, start tracking how much your personal meals and snacks cost, above $2. Could you donate that difference to WOC?
DID YOU KNOW? Hand-washing is critical to prevent the spread of disease.
This is one lesson driven home by COVID! But, not everyone around the world has ready access to soap -- even if they do have clean water. Walk around your house and count up the number of bars and bottles of cleaning soap you have. Remember to check cabinet storage so you find everything not already out near your faucets. Include dish soap and laundry soap.
How much could you add to your WOC offering, for each unit you counted? A dime? A quarter? A dollar? What you give helps build up basic sanitation programs around the world.
DID YOU KNOW? The people who reap, clean and package most of the fresh foods we find in grocery store produce sections are migrant workers. More than 3 million of these workers, who travel between farms and harvests, often without a permanent home or established healthcare, are documented employees of U.S. produce growers.
How many different types of fresh fruit and vegetables do you have in your home right now?
Count the types -- not the pieces of each, but each variety -- and set aside $1, for WOC and in honor of the harvesters, for each you find.
DID YOU KNOW? The average U.S. family uses about 300 gallons of water per day!
Water proved crucial for all of us last week, during the freeze. We’re usually able to take fresh, safe, running water for granted -- but what we experienced when water supplies froze and became unsafe is closer to the daily effort many people associate with water, all the time!
Do you think your household uses more or less than the average 300 gallons/ day? Make an estimate or have your children guess, before you take a water bill and divide the monthly total by the number of days.
In many places Week of Compassion is working, families have to walk more than 3 miles, carrying every gallon, to retrieve water. Each gallon weighs 8.5 pounds.
How many pounds could you carry for 3 miles at a time? If you had a backpack? Could you manage 17 lbs (or 2 gallons)? 25?
Once you make your best guess, calculate how many trips you’d need to cover your own family’s daily usage. It’s bound to be staggering! Consider putting aside money for your WOC offering, based on that number. You could make it a nickle a trip, a dime, or even a quarter.