It's easy to look on the hard things in life and get discouraged. But, our intern, Heather, reminds us to step back for another point of view.
I’m an optimist. In my world view, the glass is usually a little more than half full, and if you see it as otherwise, you’re probably just looking from the wrong angle.
Sometimes my optimism has a hard time reconciling with harsh realities like the water and HIV/AIDS crises throughout Africa. When confronted with the facts, I find myself thinking, “There has to be a way to fix it all, right? There must be hope.”
It’s really easy to look at statistics like these:
380 million people lack access to safe drinking water* 97% of people living with HIV live in low- and middle-income countries, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa* *Statistics from here.
and grow discouraged.
But friends, my optimism just won’t let me focus on the negative. Let’s take a look at a few more statistics that point to the hope lying in the center of this mess.
Because of prevention education, new HIV infections are believed to be on the decline throughout the world.
People in resource poor countries like Africa who are receiving HIV treatment has increased tenfold in the last 12 years.
Blood:Water alone has reached nearly 1 million people with clean water over the last 10 years.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the issue in front of us. But if we take a step back and look at how far we’ve come, we are encouraged to continue in the fight, slowly by slowly.
No matter if you’re a pessimist, a realist, or a fellow optimist, take a moment and relish in the hope we have for a better future for our friends in Africa. It’ll do good for your soul. Trust me.