Here in North America, we often do not realize how good things are for us. We have plumbed in heat, running water, plenty to eat, and countless modern conveniences. Most of the problems we encounter are self-inflicted by wanting too many things and taking on too much debt.
In many countries of the world, this is not the case, and countless people are happy to have just a cardboard box to shelter themselves at night. In a modern world, there is no reason that this should be happening. It is not right that there is so much excess here while others lack their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
Sometimes we can be so far-removed from the issue that we have no idea what is going on. Can you imagine having no money to feed and clothe your children, with no hope of a job or any government assistance to change your situation? That is the reality for many people in many countries of the world.
Nepal is one of the countries where employment is scarce an many basic needs go unmet. According to Wikipedia, Nepal was ranked 145th among nations on the Human Development Index. With a challenge of this size, there are many in the nation who are fighting to make it better. There are natural resources that people are working hard to harvest and export to other countries to bring money into the country and better the living situation. One of these products is soap nuts.
Soap nuts are an organic laundry detergent that grows on trees in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Workers work hard at harvesting, packaging and exporting them, making a wage that is substantially above the national average.
One way that you can help improve the living situation in Nepal is to try soap nuts as your own laundry detegent. Your purchase of soap nuts will infuse money into a nation that needs the capital to provide basic needs.
You can change the world, one load of laundry at a time!