Right In The Mustache takes a two prong approach to our efforts. We feel there is a need in the world for RELIEF now and RESTORATION long term. We try to impact both. There is an old proverb that says, “If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” We feel that there is a need for both of these things and therefore are supporting two charities, one that provides immediate relief and one that provides long term sustainability. Here’s a look at both of them:
It is estimated that each year approximately 9 million people die of hunger related issues. 9 million. That is 25,00 every day. Let me help you put that in perspective; it is like 9/11 happening 8 times a day every day of the year. It kills just as many people as every form of cancer combined, and guess what, we already have the cure. It’s called food, and it only cost about 22 cents per meal.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian organization that provides meals all across the world to feed kids both physically and spiritually. They have worked with scientists at General Mills to develop a nutritionally balanced meal that can be produced very inexpensively and is simple enough that these malnourished children can digest it. They are providing an immediate solution to the number one killer in the world.
The second greatest killer in the world is malnourishment, dehydration and disease that results from a lack of access to clean water. Over 1 billion people (about 20%) of the population do not have access to safe water, and about 2.5 billion (over a third of the world) don’t have access to advanced sanitation. Can you believe that something that we take for granted so often is a luxury to over a third of the world?
Blood:Water Mission is a Nashville based charity that is fighting to change that disparity. Through their many different projects and solutions that they offer, $1 provides clean water to 1 person in Africa for 1 year. And when you provide clean water, you are not just giving them something to drink, but you are changing their culture entirely. Water provides irrigation which allows these communities to begin growing crops. It also is essential for raising livestock to further develop their farming. Additionally in these communities, women and children typically spend their entire days walking long distances to gather unsafe water for drinking. By providing a local safe water source, they now have the time available to get an education and start businesses. By bringing water into a community you change the entire socioeconomic landscape. This is the long term solution that we want to support. I don’t mind growing a mustache every November until I’m 70, but wouldn’t it be awesome that if by that time there wasn’t still a need.
Many fund raisers work off the concept of sponsorship (i.e. you give me $_____ for every time I do ______). However, we’re not running in a marathon, or even walking a 5k. We’re just growing mustaches.
Why a mustache? It serves two major functions. First, it will be a daily reminder for us of the cause that we have chosen to support. Every morning when we look in the mirror we will be forced to rededicate another day to this effort. Secondly, it will serve as a conversation starter. We do not anticipate making it through a single day without hearing the question, “What’s with the stache?” And every time somebody asks is another opportunity for us to share this cause.
The Hard Sell
So here’s the part where we ask you to contribute. Are you willing to give for this? We are not trying to be pushy, but we are talking about kids eating and drinking. These are the biggest killers in the world and the cure is so simple and so inexpensive. Check out the “Giving Suggestions” link above to give you an idea of how big of an impact you can make. Please consider this. Take the time to think about it, pray about it, and then act on what you feel led to do.
All for His glory,
Dallas Owen & the rest of the growers at Right In The Mustache