This is an amazing building in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. It is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Many hands have built it. Many lives enjoy it. Each room has its own swimming pool.
The business it supports has given employment to many people.
Then, I think of the homeless of the world…
I think of those without running water when I see many, many private swimming pools…and my heart weeps that we use our intelligence for luxury, while our brothers and sisters have no place to live, no food to eat, no water to drink…
Why can’t these same beautiful minds create a building to shelter the homeless?
Why can’t these same beautiful minds create a way to bring water to every person in the world?
Where I was born has been a blessing to me. I have a home, food to eat and water to drink whenever I want it. I live in a condition that only exists for 75% of the world’s population. 25% may seem minute—but NOT when we are speaking about HUMAN BEINGS in need of water, food and shelter, not to mention health concerns.
1. According to an article posted on http://www.slumdogs.org/homeless-facts/…”Housing is a basic human need, yet the statistics of United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2005 notes that, an estimated 100 million people -one-quarter of the world’s population- live without shelter or in unhealthy and unacceptable conditions…
2. Over 100 million people around the world have no shelter whatsoever. The health consequences of this level of homelessness are profound. The Action Aid in 2003 had found out that there were 78 million homeless people in India alone. CRY(Child Relief and You) in 2006 estimated that there are 11 million homeless children live on the street. The statistics are grim. What is worse is that very little is known of what it means to be part of such horrific numbers. (SOURCE: http://www.slumdogs.org/homeless-facts/)”
3. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over 610,042 people experience homelessness on any given night in the US.
Other interesting sites with more information on the Homeless:
I am not saying that beauty and beautiful buildings are not wonderful and good. I am just saying we each have so much to be grateful for and if each person did ONE act a day towards helping another human being, we would all be happier and it would be a more peaceful, just world.