Maybe you were meant to change the world.
“Every year, 9 million children die before their fifth birthday.”
” A woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a one-in-thirty chance of dying while giving birth-in the developed word, the chance is one in 5,600.”
“There are at least twenty-five countries, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where the average person is expected to live no more than fifty-five years.”
It was at that point that I had to put the book down. I was on a flight to Tallinn, Estonia and I felt broken and overwhelmed by what I had just read, as well as being broken I was reminded about why we started This Is EPIC; To Change Lives.
We have a big vision at This Is EPIC, we are out to end poverty on a global scale. We know that this may not happen in our lifetime but if we can make an impact on one life it will make the journey infinitely worthwhile.
We believe that people and communties have the ability, talent and passion to overcome their own challenges by being empowered, not by having distant ideas forced upon them. We understand that the needs of communities are not going to be met by us working in isolation and thinking that providing informal financial services is the panacea to all problems faced by developing countries. This is part of the reason why we are working closely with other organisations such as Projects For All, The Tumaini Fund and The Eleanor Foundation to empower communities across multiple areas such as education, healthcare, economic stability and Water & Sanitation.
Collaboration is key to helping solve the challenges faced by humanity. We have realised that there are so many amazing people and organisations already working to change peoples lives, and part of our role is to work with them to increase and enhance that positive impact.
It is easy to get discouraged when you read statistics that outline the scale of the challenges that are faced by humanity, but take courage and heart that you can make a difference, to the one, to the one hundred, to the one thousand and to the seven billion.
You can make a difference.
Maybe you were meant to change the world?
Reference book “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo.