Why do I donate my time, my energy, and my effort to SUM1? Why am I so interested in the health and well-being of people half a world away from me? Why do I care?
The answer isn’t easy, but it is important. I often use quotes on our Twitter and Facebook pages to illustrate a point, or to encourage our followers and subscribers to think. One I used recently has stuck with me. Seneca said, “See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.
I’m an extremely fortunate person. I live safely and securely between four walls, my children and I are healthy, I go to school, I have a job I love, I have clean running water in my home, I don’t have to worry about death from diarrheal diseases, I don’t have to contemplate how the contaminated water I bring home is harming my kids. I’m so lucky, but for me, being lucky means I have the time and energy to think about, and help, those who don’t have the things I do. I have the time to make a difference, and I’m physically and emotionally capable of doing so. It became imperative for me to help change the way things are.
I chose SUM1 because I have issues. People laugh when I tell them that, but it’s true. I have issues, most of them related to hygiene and cleanliness. I can’t abide messes. I can’t handle being dirty. I wash my hands a lot, probably more than most people, and I’m okay with it. When I looked at the world, and discovered the prevalence of diseases related to a lack of hygiene, my OCD little heart cried. How would I live with these issues? How would I cope knowing that my children had a chance of dying before age 5? I had to take action, I had to do something. My choice was to join the team at SUM1. I felt that the work SUM1 does is vitally important, especially since SUM1 works in regions where sanitation is virtually non-existent.
So, here I am, the Social Media Director for SUM1, spending several hours a day searching for articles and information about our issues to post on Facebook and Twitter, researching items for our meetings, hoping to leave my comfort zone in the near future to help our cause, and having my heart broken every time I read the terrible statistics on death due to sanitation issues.
Why do I do this? How could I not? How could I see the information I read every day and not do something about it? How could I walk away from the mothers losing their children, the children losing their mothers and not seek to change the conditions they live in? The question isn’t “why”, the question is “Why not?”
Due to the popularity of the project, +1ndia will now become a separate project of a brand-spankin’-new organization. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to present to you, SUM1. SUM1 = Sanitation Uniting Mankind, 1 person, 1 family, 1 village at a time to change the world.
We are currently in the works of getting our 501(c)3 status. As soon as we do we are then clear to march ahead with BIG plans and exciting new ideas and ways you can help.
Please stay tuned!