One thing I take for granted every day: electricity.
I don't really notice how much I need electricity until the power goes out, especially at night. I have no idea how to cook without using a microwave, an oven, or a stove. I have no idea how to entertain myself with a tv, a computer, or a light to read a book. In fact, every time the power goes out I pretty much just sit there until it comes back on.
I'm pretty lost without electricity and yet, approximately 25% of the world lives without it.
The downside to not having electricity? You have to use candles, or kerosene lamps. I can't imagine studying for school by candlelight, and besides that, kerosene can be really dangerous. The Lifeline Energy site states that hundreds of children die each year from drinking kerosene, and kerosene accidents oftentimes cause homes to catch fire. In dry climates and close communities, these fires can spread, killing families and destroying all they've worked for.
By donating to Lifeline Energy, you can provide a renewable light source for families in South Africa. You can also donate to provide portable radios for communities or Lifeplayers for schools! Pretty amazing, right? :)
"Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful."- A.R. Ammons