But that will have to wait.
Because this story is much, much more important:
Andrew Adansi-Bonnah is 11. And during his eight-week school holiday, he wants to raise 20 million Ghanaian cedis — or about $13 million — for his cause by walking office to office collecting donations in Ghana's capital, Accra. [...]Beautiful, no? But it gets better:
Andrew said he was inspired by images of skeletal babies and stick-thin children he saw on television, which led him to name his campaign Save Somali Children from Hunger."There are hungry people in Ghana but our situation is not as desperate as the people of Somalia," said the skinny, soft-spoken boy.
Andrew said he is confident he can raise all of the money. Ghanaians on average earn $2,500 a year, compared to Somalia's average yearly income of $600, according to 2010 CIA estimates. [...]No, sweet boy, it's not right.
"This is a moment that mankind can touch lives," he said. "There is no point for others to have so much to eat while others have nothing to eat. It is not right."
I went here right away to make a small donation; Catholic Relief Services may at times draw my ire for various reasons, but at least I can be fairly sure that money donated to CRS to provide emergency food and water supplies to the people of East Africa won't be spent on condoms and IUDs instead.
Like many people, I've been horrified at the stories coming out of Somalia and other parts of East Africa. The thought of those long, desperate treks across hostile land in search of food; the horror stories of parents abandoning dead and dying little ones along the road; the slow and sometimes indifferent-seeming response of the international community to the crisis--all of these things make for hard reading or viewing.
But it's easy to feel helpless, to get bogged down in everyday life and forget one's good intentions to help out through whatever donations one can make and to add these suffering brothers and sisters to our daily prayers; I've certainly been guilty of that.
If you can--if it is financially possible for you to do so--can you send a little relief to Somalia today? The link to Catholic Relief Services' East Africa Drought appeal is here; feel free to add links to other organizations in the comment boxes if you think these will be useful (but only links for direct aid to Somalia/East Africa are sought at this time).
An eleven-year-old boy in Ghana, a country that has had its own share of desperate poverty, believes that his efforts to raise money for the suffering in Somalia can make a difference. Let's be inspired by that trusting faith, and add our efforts to his, here in this land of plenty!