Friday, October 16, 2015

Raise Your Voice

 By Grant B. and Luke D.

This year, The Student Blogging Challenge theme is “Raise your voice”. This topic is important for many reasons. There are too many things going on in the world everyone needs to know about. 

We probably all know one third of Africa doesn’t have access to clean water. But most don’t know the enormous size of the continent. To put into perspective, the U.S., Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the entire eastern portion of Europe, China, India, Japan, AND the UK can all fit comfortably inside of Africa. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. You may say, “But what about all the things I heard about people helping in Africa?” Well here’s another interesting thing. A game a the AT&T Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. Or how about that less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget goes into fighting poverty. There is so much more we could do, yet, we would rather sit in an indoor stadium and watch football. Or spending $750,000 on a soccer field for prisoners. There are so many things the U.S. government spends money on, and then watches in apathy as 5 million children die in Africa alone each year! 

Which brings me back to the “Raise your voice” topic. We all need to realize how much we could be doing but we don’t do. We need to raise our voice against stupid government spendings. That money should be used on people who need it to survive. Not on watch a bunch of grown men fighting over an oval ball. Some people though, have already started. Here are some people who are starting to raise their voice.

Here is Cameron Cohen. He had a medical condition and wanted to help other children in the same condition.

Another young difference maker is Jeremy Medeiros. He had a friend who had a tumor in his jaw. He raised $5,475 for his surgery. His voice managed to save his friend.

These example are very large scale, but you may be thinking how you can do something in your community alone. There are many websites online in which donations can be made. You also may be able to spend volunteer time at a soup kitchen for the homeless. It may not seem like much, but one person at a time, we all could help and may be able to put some sense into someone, and stop useless government spending. I hope this has been somewhat of an inspiration for you. Even if one person does something, that’s one person raising their voice, and one person making a difference.

Thank you for the picture of Jeremy


  1. G'day Grant and Luke,
    This is a very informative post about how raising your voice can help others. I am part of Kiva where you give loans to people around the world to improve their lot in life. Your class might be interested in looking into Kiva.

    This post has been flipped to the One World Our World magazine on the student blogging challenge sidebar.

  2. Hello Grant and Luke, I Loved your post named Raise Your Voice. It is so amazing how those kids did that to save their friend and make a kids life a little happier. I wanted to know what made you feel compelled to do this post and write about these kids. If you would like to read my blog here is a link
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