The link goes to a well written article about the lessons the author learned on a trip to Bangladesh. http://www.survivalblog.com/2013/01/bangladesh-lessons-learned-and-brought-home-by-kg.html
There are some good practical suggestions, but what impressed me the most were her final observations:
"Be grateful for what you have and where you are
One of the most poignant parts of my trip came during a conversation with Nayeem, a young man also working in the field of bioenergy. He described how he joined the film club at his university, and began watching Russian, German, American, and other movies. As he spoke, it became clear that he wasn’t watching flicks and eating popcorn just for fun. This was his only way out of Bangladesh. Despite being bright, hard-working, driven, and successful, Nayeem knew that even if he saved everything he earned for almost his whole life, his chances of leaving his country for a better future were essentially nonexistent. But through film, he could, at least for an hour or two, live elsewhere.
Lesson learned: I’ve been incredibly blessed by being born into this country at this time. Despite the problems facing me, I’m grateful I currently have the freedom to live a life where the work I do can concretely manifest itself in the direction I choose to take. I’m not stuck – and I’d find it hard to believe that any of us in the US really are. It might be hard to make changes, but I’m glad I still can."
There are two things I take from this - there are young people out there who are not blinkered and spoiled by the materialism of this country and we need more people in this country to travel beyond their borders and see the abject poverty in the rest of the world to appreciate what they have...