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H.O.W. Humanity One World - How You Can Change the World

Marlene knows what it is like to need help. Now, blessed with abundance, she lives a life of sharing and encourages others to do the same.

Yes! YOU can change the world!

Yes! YOU can change the world!

One Person One Time

One person doing a favor for one person one time is enough to make a difference in the world.

Over seven billion people are living on earth right now. At the time this hub was written, 171,395 people had been born this day. The number changes rapidly, as someone is being born every millisecond of the day.

According to World Poverty Statistics, about three billion people live on less than $2.50 per day. That’s poverty, people! That means that about 50% of the world population lives in poverty.

As I read the statistics on how many people are in the world and how many people it would take to change the world, it occurred to me that the numbers don't really matter. What matters is that one person really could change the world. If just one half of the world helped the other half of the world, this world could thrive. Starvation, loneliness, and isolation could feasibly be a thing of the past.

So, now I’m thinking that if there are over seven billion people living on earth and three billion people living in poverty, then if only half the people on earth helped the other half of the people on earth, you know… the ones living in poverty, then it is possible to make the world a place where no one goes hungry.

Bees and Plants Need Each Other

Bee siphoning the nectar from a lavender plant.

Bee siphoning the nectar from a lavender plant.

My Garden Gives Me Inspiration

Just sitting in my garden, I see how the natural process of pollination keeps both plants and animals alive. A bee feeds on the nectar produced by a flower. As the bee flies from flower to flower, pollen collects on the bee's body. And, when the bee lands on another flower to extract the nectar, some of the pollen falls off, delivering pollen to the plant. Pollination is necessary for the plant to develop seeds and reproduce.

One flower produces the nutrient one bee needs to survive. One bee delivers the pollen another flower needs to produce more seeds allowing the flower to continue growing.

One person doing a favor for another can go a long way toward helping someone survive.

We All Have Something to Offer

The pollination process reminds me that we all have something to offer. If we live a life of abundance, then of course we have a lot to offer. At the same time, if we live a life of meager means, we still have something to offer. If we can offer but a friendly smile to a stranger, we have brightened that person’s day. We all have something to offer.

  • Smile
    You never know when you are going to walk across the path of someone who is feeling lonely and out of sorts. Your smile could be the catalyst that pulls them up out of their slump. Your smile could be the one thing that lets them know there is at least one person in the world who cares about them.
  • Give a Compliment
    People thrive on feedback from others. Even when we know we have done our best job to complete a task, it always feels better when someone else takes notice. So, give a person a compliment for a job done well.

People Need People

In the African Bantu language, the word ubuntu means that a person becomes a person only through other people (Interview of Desmond Tutu, New Scientist, April 2006).

  • Make a Phone Call or Visit
    The world can be a lonely place. We all get busy, that’s true. But, not everyone in our lives are busy. Some of them are struggling with day-to-day issues affecting their lives. Depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, and loneliness are all emotions that can drag a person down a destructive path.

    You can put a road block in a destructive path. Interrupt a downward spiral by making a phone call to a family member or friend. Even better than a phone call is a visit. People need other people to function. In fact, neuroscientists have discovered that humans and their brains and minds are made in a way that causes us to need continuous interaction with other people. In other words, we need each other to feel whole and to survive.

Beware of Ordinances Regarding Handing Out Food

Some ordinances ban giving food to homeless people. Be sure to check with your city or county regarding this matter. One of the concerns is litter, as the homeless people do not always discard their trash in trash bins, leaving trash wherever they consume their food. The other concern is sanitation of the food being handed out. Be sure that all of the food you hand out is pre-packaged from the factory. Do not hand out food that you package yourself. The only exception would be fresh fruit.

In my county, there is a hefty fine if we are cited for handing food to homeless people on the street. -MarleneB

  • Pack a Food Box
    You don’t have to give money to funds set up to help people in need. While these are noble and worthwhile projects with worthwhile endeavors, this hub is about what YOU can do to make a difference.

    There are people living on the streets, hungry and in need of a meal right now. You could be the person to feed them the nourishment they need. Pack a small box or bag and fill it with non-perishable food items. Include plastic eating utensils, cleaning wipes, napkins and a small bag to use as a temporary trash bag (to help decrease litter).

    Keep in mind that homeless people may not have a way to transport a large box. They may be traveling on foot or riding a bicycle. So, keep your container small enough to carry and transport. Also, keep in mind that homeless people are not equipped with handy kitchen gadgets like a can opener, toaster, microwave oven, or refrigerator. They won’t have a way to open, heat, or store the food you give them. So, provide them with food in containers that have easy-to-open flip tops and with food that is meal-sized so they won't need to think about storing extra portions. Most important, provide them with foods that do not need to be stored in the refrigerator.

Read My Other Hub About Feeding the Hungry

For more detailed information about what goes into putting together a food package, read my hub titled H.O.W. Humanity One World | Put Together a Feed the Hungry Package to Feed One Person at a Time. Read about city ordinances and other things to be aware of. Also, in this hub I compiled a list of products, along with prices and a cost per unit so you can estimate the cost of putting together a food package.

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Suggestions for a Food Box

Think about what makes up a balanced meal and try to make a package that makes up a meal complete with a serving of protein, fruit or vegetable and starchy/fiber-rich foods. If you can find a pre-packaged dairy product, then include that, as well.

Some things I have included are Canned Vienna Sausages, Small Package of Tuna, Canned Beans, Canned Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Apples, Fresh Oranges, Individually Wrapped Prunes and other Dried Fruit, Packaged Cheese and Crackers, Pudding, and Bottled Water

Luke 9:23-24

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

Go Deep: Get More Involved

Join a cause to get more involved. One such cause is H.O.W. Humanity One World. This is a cause started by Bill Holland, a man with a heart of gold. Bill’s philosophy is that we, as a compassionate society can come together in a united way, making a conscientious effort to join hands in making things better for the world.

If you are following the H.O.W. Humanity One World 365/365 Challenge, then you would have committed to doing one random act of kindness each day in 2013. Imagine how many lives you could save by doing one kind thing to one person each day.

Yes! You can make a difference. In just one day, with just one act, one person can make a difference in the world.

Video: I Cry Real Tears

This is an inspirational video. It's only 3:51 in length. Watch and hear a poem written by Bill Holland, founder of H.O.W. Humanity One World. H.O.W. is about making the world a better place. The poem is titled, "I Cry Real Tears".

I Cry Real Tears


Worldometers Real Time World Statistics

World Poverty Statistics Global issues The Human Development Report – Research Date: 7/23/2012

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Parllinator Partnership: Your Source for Pollinator Action and Information

American Physiological Society Physiological Reviews – Brain Basis of Human social Interaction: From Concepts to Brain Imaging

United States Department of Agriculture Publications/Dietary Guidelines

© 2013 Marlene Bertrand


Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on January 10, 2015:

Hello manatita44. I believe 2015 will be a wonderful year and I pray for you, the same as you pray for me. Thank you for your care and support.

manatita44 from london on January 10, 2015:

Beautiful Marlene, and thank you for Bill's Video, too.

My prayers that 2015 will serve you well, in a spirit of joy, abundance and loving mercy for you and dear ones. Peace.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on October 03, 2013:

Thank you Benjamin Chege. I am really intrigued by the H.O.W. movement which advocates for people recognizing that even though they are just one person, they have to power to change the world.

Benjamin Chege on October 02, 2013:

Hi Marlene Bertrand. So inspiring. Voted up, useful and beautiful. I like the fact that your hub hub recognizes that anyone can, in their own capacity, work toward changing the world for the better. I am so inspired. Great hub.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 01, 2013:

Hello Rajan. This world is huge. Yet, each day there is something any one of us can do to make it a better place for at least one other person. I live to make one person better each day. And, like you said, we don't need loads of money to make it happen.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 01, 2013:

You are right Marlene. Each one of us can do our bit for humanity in so many ways that you outline here. We do not need loads of money or even money to do some simple acts like giving a smile or caring for someone or sparing time to teach.

We just need the will to do it and what a difference it would make if all of us did one good act a day to help someone out.

Lovely hub, very motivating.

Voted up.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on July 08, 2013:

Hi Brett, thank you for your positive feedback. Like you, I see the homeless. And, as you have experienced, there are a few scammers out there, taking away from people who really need help. Nevertheless, I keep on moving on in an effort to have an opportunity to get to the ones who will receive what they need in their troubled environment.

Brett C from Asia on July 02, 2013:

A great hub. It is like the ripple effect, one positive effect can send waves out into the pond of society. I like your ideas. Often if I see the homeless, I will offer them food. Unfortunately, this often gets a rude response from scammers, but I still offer as some really need it! There are so many that are ignored by society, real people with real histories. This is a great movement, so sharing it on all platforms now.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on June 16, 2013:

Hi alocsin, yes a friendly smile can go a long way toward making someone's day special. And, you are right about the food box taking some prep time. It's just one of those things I sit down to do periodically (fill up bags of food) and keep a few in a box in my car.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 13, 2013:

I like the range of ideas here. Certainly to smile and give a compliment is easy to do. But my favorite is the food box, because I never know what to do when a homeless person begs for money. This is an excellent solution but involves some preparation. Voting this Up and Useful.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 18, 2013:

Hello MsDora. Thank you for your positive comment. I hope it inspires people to go out and make this place a better world. :)

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 18, 2013:

Really beautiful and touching, Marlene. Practical and relevant. Voted Up.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2013:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan. I agree with you. I think everyone is important. It doesn't matter who they are or what they do for a living (I'm talking about legal stuff, of course), everyone is valuable and has something to put out into the world to help make life better. Even if all they do is make eye contact with someone, it may be exactly what a person needs to feel blessed in that moment.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2013:

Hi whonunuwho, thank you. I do believe that when people help other people, it makes a difference in the world. If we all look to see what we can do to help someone else, then eventually the world becomes a place where there is more good than bad.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2013:

Indeed, bravewarrior, there is something in each of us that we can share with someone else to make the world a better place just for sharing.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2013:

Hello catmalone, you are so right about listening. When we listen, we learn a lot about a person. When we listen, we learn exactly how to serve them best.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2013:

This is so beautiful and motivating! If each of us help others, the world would be a wonderful place. We should be grateful to everyone, who does even a small thing for us, to the home helper, to the sweeper and the like.

Very well done! Thanks.

whonunuwho from United States on April 13, 2013:

This is an inspirational hub and well done. The message is so plain and evident to all who read. It is a marvelous method in which we all may live and accomplish great things. whonu

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 13, 2013:

Excellent message, Marlene! We all have something to offer in order to brighten someone's day. Sometimes that's all it takes.

catmalone on April 12, 2013:

Very inspirational hub! I believe we can all change lives, one person at a time. Sometime people just want to be heard and being a good listner is a gift in itself because is expresses patience, compassion and a real genuine concern for an human being. A person that listen and not judge can make a difference in someone life. Thanks for the useful information!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 12, 2013:

Hi Jo_Goldsmith11. It does feel good to be part of such a fine organization. Like you said, it is great being in the presence of so many people who want to make a difference in the world. Thank you very much for your compliment. Yes. Let's hope this movement spreads madly across the world.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on April 12, 2013:

You have done an outstanding job! I am so proud to be apart of H.O.W. and join so many like you and it's founder and creative genius Bill Holland. Voted this up and shared. I hope it spreads like a ripple to a wave. Wishing you the very best. :)

bravo! :)

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 12, 2013:

Hi Barbara Kay. Thank you for your comment. I actually know what it is like being hungry, so that is one area I can truly empathize. But, I really like the idea of leaving hats. That is so thoughtful.

Barbara Badder from USA on April 12, 2013:

One of the men in our area leaves hats on pine trees. Michigan has cold winters! He said they are always gone when he comes back the next day. Packing a small meal for the homeless is a good idea. Inspiring article.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 12, 2013:

Thank you c mark walker!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 12, 2013:

billybuc, thank you for creating this challenge. I look forward to reading inspirational hubs from other followers of H.O.W.

Charles Mark Walker from Jasper Georgia on April 12, 2013:


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2013:

Thank you so much, Marlene, for writing this hub for the H.O.W. movement. I am touched by your kindness and your caring heart. If only we had a million of you....but we'll have to do this one person at a time, won't we? :)

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