As you might have heard, the Rational Faiths community has adopted a Stake through the Liahona Children’s Foundation. This means that we’re collecting donations to help children in Cambodia have food and education.
Cambodia, I learned while doing research for this post, is one of the hungriest countries in the world according to the Global Hunger Index . It also suffers from wealth and income inequality, and boasts an annual average income nationwide of $950. That means that, on average, a working person in Cambodia brings home $2.60 a day, with 1/3 of the population bringing home less than $1/day. Even with a lower cost of living, $2.60 is not enough (to say nothing of 1$/day): 40% of the children in the country are malnourished.
I’m going to estimate, for the sake of this post, that $1/day can feed and educate a child in Cambodia. Now it’s probably much cheaper than that–most children in the country are currently fed and educated for far less than $1/day, but let’s just use $1 as a good round number.
This means that a donation to the LCF will go a really long way:
For the cost of one song from iTunes, you can help feed/educate a child for a day.
For the cost of one month of Netflix you can feed/educate a child for a week.
For the cost of one tank of gas you can feed/educate a child for a month.
For the cost of one cell phone bill you can feed/educate a child for three months.
For the cost of a used iPad you can feed/educate a child for a full year.
For the cost of a 15 year-old used car, you can feed/educate a child for three years.
I’ll let Elder Holland take it from here, quoting Mother Theresa:
“What we do is nothing but a drop in the ocean,” she would say on another occasion. “But if we didn’t do it, the ocean would be one drop less [than it is].”
 2013 Global Hunger Index (PDF)