I Am Rich

I woke up this morning and had a bowl of oatmeal.

I’ll have two more meals today.

Each day, 925 million people around the world experience hunger. 

Each of my 3 kids will have 3 meals today, plus snacks.

14 million little ones in America live in food insecure homes.

And we’ll enjoy nice glasses of water with each meal.

884 million people are unable to get clean water.

My daughter is at school right now.

My other two kids will, with certainty, go to school when they are old enough.

Across the globe, over 115 million kids are not attending school.

I feel well. But if I get sick, I’ll go to the doctor.

Roughly 12 million women in sub-Saharan Africa have HIV.

My kids have gone to the doctor 5 times in the last month.

One of those visits was to vaccinate my youngest, the baby.

20% of the world’s children still are unable to receive standard vaccinations before their first birthdays.

While my husband is at work today, I’ll vacuum and sweep my floors.

On any given night, over 600,000 American may be homeless.

In my 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, climate-controlled home.

Worldwide, 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity in their homes.

My house is in a quiet neighborhood. We aren’t scared when we go to bed at night.

Worldwide, 300 million kids are victims are abuse, exploitation, and violence.

I am rich.

Abundantly rich.

And most days, I don’t even realize it.


Sources: PBS, World Vision, Feeding America, Gates Foundation, Compassion

Photo credit: Poverty by Sean Ellis

Dana Adams About Dana Adams

Dana Adams is the owner/editor of ChumMom and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds down the Adams family fort, where she is knee-deep in diapers and Cheerios as a stay-at-home mom to three little ones, ages four and under. Dana is married to her high school sweetheart, Ryan.