Who deserves to be happy?

Posted on June 12, 2011


Today has been nothing but rain. Everyone at home is asleep and I am sat in front of the TV. Usually I just shift channels when the adverts come on, but since the remote is on the other side of the couch and the weather is making me lazy, I’m stuck watching through the adverts. One advert caught my attention. It was about moments. Moments to be happy.

It was an Action Aid advert. In a bid to get donations for children in africa to give them a chance of happiness. After watching that advert, I switched my PC back on and went onto the Action Aid website. The first thing I came across were stories of the children who are helped by Action Aid. Action Aid has been working hard for years to help end hunger, poverty, HIV and AIDS. As well as give equal rights to Women and help the economy of developing countries.

We are fortunate people living here in the UK or USA or other well-developed countries that sometimes we forget that there are people who are less fortunate than us. In Islam, it is said that we should never look at those above us and wish for things we haven’t got. We should look at those below us and be grateful of what we have. Sometimes we forget to be thankful and forget to look at those below us.

Action Aid currently have a live project going on to stop the use of land in Africa for the use of Biofuel. Biofuel is thought to be the answer to our energy shortages. However, what many fail to realise is that the land used to harbour biofuel was once used to feed the african people. The more land used to harvest biofuel means the less land to grow food. Every 10 seconds, one child dies of hunger. Action Aid predicts that with the current industrial biofuels policies, they could push hundreds of millions of extra people into hunger by 2020.

To help Action Aid you can visit their site and see for yourselves what they do. However, you can go straight to their project page for Biofuels and join their campaign.