The helpful biscuit

One  in six people do not get enough food to be healthy.  Hunger and malnutrition are still the number one risk to health worldwide.  It’s not AIDS, cancer, crime, natural disasters…it is hunger. Something we can all do something about.  It’s as easy as asking your government to help and donating to the right organization.  We cannot say “I can’t do anything.”  We can’t say we do enough.

Just imagine what it’s like to be starving to death.  So weak they can hardly move, people in hunger stricken areas still travel for days to be able to get food for their children.  Read this story of a father in Ethiopia.

Pressuring your government or donating yourself will increase the reach for NGO’s !

Help! it’s easy

Organizations such as World Food Programme and UNICEF, start out giving aid in a very simple way.  They distribute a special made biscuit, which does not have to be cooked and has a long shelf life.   “These high energy/protein biscuits contain minerals and vitamins and have been developed for malnourished children during emergencies. They are easy to distribute and provide a simple solution to quickly improving the level of nutrition.”


You can buy them here.

While they are great to use during emergencies such as natural disasters and famine due to droughts, they are also commonly used in poor countries for yearlong school feeding programs.   These programs provide biscuits to students so they can attend class, improve their nutritional situation, and grow healthy enough to retain all of the benefits of education.

While this doesn’t solve the worldwide food shortage problem, it’s a good place to start.  People are going hungry now.  Just because we are not the ONE in “1 in 6 people that don’t have enough food”, doesn’t mean that we can’t change that number.  In fact, I think it makes us responsible to change the number, and we should be held accountable.  Don’t you think?

Hunger in Maryland?

While Maryland is often ranked the wealthiest state in the nation, the number of Marylanders that are hungry is startling. There are 455,000 Marylanders at or below the federal poverty level. This number is likely larger due to the working poor who utilize emergency food services to make ends meet and the effects of the economic recession on middle class families.

If this happens in the developed world imagine what’s going on in the developing countries…

Isn’t it time to take action? See what’s happening in Haiti, where part of Chili’s next mission takes place.

This is what is happening in Haiti

This is what is happening in Haiti

It could be luck but…

Have you ever thought about the idea that you were born in a certain country, under certain circumstances? Have you ever thought that that was absolutely coincidental? You could have been born in Jakarta, Canberra, San Pedro Sula, Nairobi or La Paz, in a high income home or in a poor one, but you were born where you were born and maybe you had access to a good healthcare system and a good education, to love and comprehension, to a life where basic needs were always fulfilled. Have you ever thought about that?

You can still tell us that even in the worst circumstances this world is not static and people can do things to better their lives. It’s true but… opportunities are not equal for everybody in most of the countries. Opportunities are not as accessible as they should be in the developing world, for instance, but this is not exclusive for it, this happens in the developed world too; of course not in the same magnitude, we agree on that, but still, it happens. Just watch a little bit closer next time you take a walk by your hood.

We would like you to think about this next time you pass by a child doing a display of juggling on a street when the light stop is red, or when they are offering you to clean your windshield, or when you are walking and you see prostitution or when you see hobos, or elderly people unprotected begging for some coins, or homeless sleeping at the entrance of a shop or looking for some shelter at an ATM’s place.

They are the unlucky ones, aren’t they?

It could be luck, yes, it could be that. The thing is if it is about luck what can we, the luckiest ones, do to help those who weren’t as fortunate as us?

I saw a billboard, a huge one, in Tijuana, Mexico; it was the picture of a little girl, of whom you could only see her eyes. The copy said: ‘I am not a tourist attraction. It’s a crime to make me one’. I personally saw those children a while after, as I walked down the streets. They were standing on the sidewalks; people passed them by, nobody seemed to notice them, only the sex hunters, of course.

The US-Mexican boarder is a particular case for many reasons, but one of the most important is related to impunity, it’s easy for Americans and many other visitors to cross it and get sex for nothing, even with a child.

And then there is another fact, life has or seldom has any value; because the boarder itself is the place where what is been trade is people’s hope. And when it comes to hope it’s quite simple to fall in desperation, lose perspective, and prior hopes and dreams even without noticing that freedom is what is been exchanged. Hope seekers hope, and patiently wait, and as they wait they are seen and slaved for the unscrupulous illusion sellers.

The ad I saw was made by World Vision but what impacted me much more was the data I found after seeing the phenomena by myself:

  • According to the latest estimates (2000), some 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year.
  • Sexual exploitation is by far the most commonly identified form of human trafficking (79 percent), followed by forced labor (18 percent). (Global Report on Trafficking (2008) p. 6). The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls. Surprisingly, in 30 per cent of the countries which provided information on the gender of traffickers, women make up the largest proportion of traffickers. In some parts of the world, women’s trafficking is the norm.
  • Trafficking in human beings is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing transnational crimes – generating approximately $9.5 billion per year. Source: UNICEF
  • According to the Mexican government, more than 20,000 Mexican children are victims of sex trafficking every year, especially in tourist and border areas.

Please don’t pass these children by, they are not invisible, they are people, and they need our help. The first thing we can do is as simple as opening our eyes.

Start now! Let hope seekers keep their faith. Reveal illusion sellers and report sex hunters.

We can really do something about this.

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It is said that bumble bees are not supposed to fly, yet they do. They are not supposed to fly because of their body features and their wing size, yet there they go.

Every time someone says he wants to change the world, he is soon tagged as an idealist, a romantic or even a revolutionary. If those are the names, then you can call us idealists, romantics or even revolutionaries.

But still, we think that we can change the world. How? Doing the things we know: writing, drawing, thinking critically, and connecting people.

If we join all those things, we have the power of expression and the power of well intended minds serving good causes, helping address those issues that are vital nowadays and best of all, we are contributing to shape public policy.

When we see the powerful motor that every human being carries inside, we perceive ourselves as an unstoppable force. So we think of Off Earth Alliance as a company pursuing a quite simple mission, to save the earth.

– I think that you are a bunch of idealists, and yet there is another thing, you know… you just can’t have ‘to save the Earth’ as the purpose of your company.

– Maybe – responded the bees.