Stats tell a lot

I got this cute e-mail forward last night, and it really made me start to think about some of the things in Ethiopia. Most the e-mail was just cue stuff, but there was this striking resemblence to Ethiopia there:

Here are some  statistics for the US for the Year  1906 : 
—The average life expectancy  was 47 years. 
—Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. 
—Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.  . 
—There were only 8,000 cars   and only 144 miles  of paved roads. 
—The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. 
—The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower! 
—The average wage in was 22 cents per hour. 
—The average  worker made between $200 and $400 per year . 
—A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
—a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. 
—More than 95 percent of all births  took place at HOME . 
—Ninety percent of all  doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which  were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.” 
—Sugar cost four cents a pound. 
—Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. 
—Coffee was fifteen cents a pound. 
—Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used  borax or egg yolks for shampoo. 
—Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from  entering into their country for any reason. 
—Five leading causes of death  were: 
—–1. Pneumonia and influenza
—–2. Tuberculosis
—–3. Diarrhea
—–4. Heart disease
—–5. Stroke 
—The American flag had 45 stars.  . 
—The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!! 
—Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea  hadn’t been invented yet. 
—There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. 
—Two out of every 10  adults couldn’t read or write.  Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. 
—Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect  guardian of health.” ( Shocking? DUH! ) 
—Eighteen percent of households   had at least  one full-time servant or domestic help. 
—There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. ! 

So I hopped on the CIA’s website, and the World Bank’s site, along with the UN and a few otheres, and was able to piece the following together:

Here are some  statistics for Ethiopia for the Year  2006 : 
—The average life expectancy  is 43 years. 
—Only 1 percent of the homes have a telephone. This does not include Cell Phones . 
—There are only 2100 miles  of paved roads. (basically the length of I-95, the US curently has 2,582,278miles)
—There is no real speed limit, or even real observable traffic laws in teh cities. 
—The average  worker makes $110 per year . 
—Only 6% of births have a skilled attendant present. 
—Five leading causes of death  are:
—–1. HIV/AIDS
—–2. Malaria
—–3. Respitory Infections
—–4. Diarrhea
—–5. Perinatal Conditions 
—6 out of every 10  adults can’t read or write.  Only 31 percent of all Ethiopians have graduated from high school.
—Only 2 out of every 10 women have had any formal education.
—The average family has 5 kids. 

There is so much more I could show to give a statistical image of where Ethiopia is right now, but this already says a lot. It’s not quite like time travel, as they are a modern society, but they are stuck about 100 years behind us economically.

It has me thinking again, which is always dangerous, but hopefully it will get you to think as well. It’s not good enough to say that sucks and do nothing, we do need to act, and we do need to help. I’m just wondering on how we can send AID that will truly help improve the society, not just throw money at a problem.

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One Response to “Stats tell a lot”

  1. I am so glad you did this post Avery. I received the same email and commented to my husband that America 100 years ago, reminded me very much of Ethiopia today. I don’t know if that is a hopeful thing or a desperately sad thing. We (Americans) have come SOOOO far. Could Ethiopia too? I just pray it will not take 100 years. Let’s all keep working at doing our parts!

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