WAVES are taking a stand for others by tackling these 21 global issues. WAVES is all about action. Find an issue that breaks your heart. Download the How to Start sheet.

Global Issues

Here's a quick look at the 21 major issues that are threatening people throughout the world.



At the end of the day, WAVES is all about action. Scroll down and find an issue that breaks your heart. Click the button to download the one-page "How to Start" sheet and get busy. Or make a donation to support WAVES IN ACTION.


According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the majority of bullying still takes place in schools; 1 in 3 students say they have been bullied at school. Daily, there are many kids who skip school because of bullying.

Many bullies treat others poorly because of their own lack of self-esteem. They doubt their own value. Being a voice of kindness to help others know they matter and standing up for the mistreated is a great way to fight bullying. Think of ways your WAVE can put God's love to work to tackle this issue.



Many low-wage working families cannot afford childcare. Monthly childcare expenses typically exceed the monthly cost of rent for many families. Therefore, a large a percent of low-income families lack the means to provide their kids with quality childcare.

Your WAVE could really make a difference on this issue. Just by volunteering a little time each month, you could help a family get ahead financially. And you could be a great influence in the lives of some children desperate for role models they can look up to. What else could your WAVE do to tackle this issue.



Its common to take the things we easily have access to for granted. For example, in many countries clean water can easily be accessed and it is used abundantly. While in other countries, clean water is nonexistent, and the lack of it leads to widespread diseases. It is estimated that every day 1,000 children die from illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions.

From not wasting water to donating to organizations creating water wells in developing nations, your efforts really matter. Next time you let the faucet run and throw away unconsumed bottled water, think about the thousands of children who need clean water. Brainstorm ways your WAVE could tackle this issue to make a difference.



Why do people commit crimes? We think everyone has asked this at some point in their life. It is hard to understand why people do the things they do, but there is always a way to help. Maybe people are really struggling with personal issues and cannot think of another way out. Sometimes it has to do with peer pressure or depression.

The FBI says, "In 2015, there were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for an estimated $390 million in losses." Crime is not only a United States issues it is a world issue. What are some ideas your WAVE has to tackle the issue of crime?



According to the U.S Department of Education, minority students, to an overwhelming degree, disproportionately attend underfunded and under-resourced schools.  For example, in schools where more than three-quarters of the students were classified as low-income, there were three times as many noncertified or out-of-field teachers in both English and science. How is your WAVE going to tackle this issue?



According to the UN, in the sub-Saharan, 11.07 million children leave school before completing their primary education. In South and West Asia, that number reaches 13.54 million. Research from The Center for Global Development found that in developing countries, just one additional year of education could increase a persons future income by an average of 10%.

Education is crucial to creating a promising future. Children of all races, ethnicity, and genders deserve a quality education worldwide. Please consider ways your WAVE could tackle this issue to help children who really desire to learn.



Look around, can you see employment issues around your town? No matter where you are located around the world you can think of someone that has been affected by a job in someway. They may have lost a job or can not find one. In 2013, only 43.6% of the world was employed! That is a huge statistic that is going unnoticed. What are some ways your WAVE can help those affected by job loss? Pray and brainstorm about ways you can make a difference.



A lot of people around the world cannot get the health care they need. Sometimes there is not even a hospital for miles, and usually the hospital does not have enough beds. Most people cannot not even afford the medicine they need to stay healthy. Even 5.0% of children aged 0–17 years were uninsured... in 2016. What are ways your WAVE could tackle health care?



1.8 million children have AIDS worldwide. 2.1 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015. This disease creates many orphans across the world. HIV/AIDS continues to be an epidemic throughout the world and doesn't get the attention is deserves. Your WAVE could make a significant difference in the fight for this terrible disease. What could you do to bring awareness and financial support to this issue?



The last time a global survey was attempted—by the United Nations in 2005—an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide and 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing.In the United States alone, 564,708 people were homeless on any given night in January 2015. As you sleep in a warm bed with a roof over your head tonight, start thinking about ways your WAVE could help people who wish they were as blessed as you. What are ways your WAVE could tackle housing and homelessness?



in 9 people do not have enough food to live a healthy, active life. Poor nutrition causes nearly alf of deaths in children under five (3.1 million children each year). Hunger is especially harmful in childhood because it deprives kids of more than just food. Hunger causes kids to lack energy, the ability to focus, engage, learn, and grow. There are hungry children in every community in the world—including yours. This might be one of the easiest issues your WAVES can tackle. Start praying about ways to help. How do you think your WAVE can tackle hunger?



In 2015, about 305,000 African children died from malaria before their fifth birthdays. Devastatingly, malaria is a preventable and easily curable disease, but many poverty-stricken countries do not have the resources to treat malaria. For just a couple of dollars a month per member of your WAVE, you could save many lives. Think about how you can give up even the smallest of things and donate the money to organizations tackling this issue. Do you have any other ideas?



According to the UN, since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011, an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes seeking safety. Children account for roughly half of that number. Syrian children have been forced to leave school. The UN estimates between 2 million and 3 million Syrian children are not currently attending school.

Sadly, the war reversed 10 years of progress in education for Syrian children. Many of us will never have to deal with losing our homes and fleeing our nations, but we should have empathy for our peers facing this reality in the world. What can your WAVE do to help with the global refugee issue?



Three billion people in the world live on less than $2.50 a day. In the USA, a recent study revealed that coffee drinkers spend an average of $1,092 on coffee per year. That breaks down to $2.99 per day spent on coffee alone. Could making a dent in poverty really be as easy as just giving up a cup-a-joe or energy drink and using the money for the needs of others? What are ways your WAVE could tackle poverty



The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night in the United States there are roughly 1.3 million homeless youth living on the streets, in rundown buildings, with friends or with strangers. Homeless youth are more susceptible to abuse, mental health issues, sexual exploitation, substance abuse, illness, and death.

This issue is real in every corner of the world. Young people need a safe place to go, not only when they runaway, but every day. What could you WAVE do to help provide safe places for our peers to feel connected and valued? BTW: Your WAVE should be the first place they should be welcome.



According to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations it is estimated that a total of 246 million people—slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide—used an illicit drug in 2013. Roughly 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. In 2013, it was estimated that 187,000 people prematurely lost their lives due to drug-related deaths.

Drug abuse is a way to escape the pain and reality of life for many of our generation. And too often, we turn a blind eye to our peers caught in this lifestyle. Many times, stopping starts when someone shows they care. What can your WAVE do to help those poisoning themselves and missing out on the best life can offer through Jesus?



Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. It's estimated that 90% of people who attempt or die by suicide have one or more mental health conditions.  Also, in the UK, research has shown many people who die by suicide have a mental illness most commonly depression or an alcohol/substance problem. Suicide is also strongly connected to feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.

Can you imagine how much pain a person must feel who is contemplating taking their own life? There are many ways to help prevent this tragedy by tackling other issues like bullying and substance abuse. Think of ways your WAVE can address suicide and let people know their life matters to Jesus.



According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, whereas approximately 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence graduate from high school.

Teen pregnancy happens, and young moms need help. They don't need to feel like they've failed and that their future is ruined. We should lead the way on this issue with a spirit of grace. What could your WAVE do to come alongside teen moms to let them know people care?



About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade. Many people are unaware that human trafficking happens in their own city. Sporting events, the cyber world, airports, amusement parks, and shopping malls are the top places that human trafficking takes place.

This is one of the greatest ills of our society throughout the world. There are many organizations working to fight trafficking and the sex trade today. Your WAVE can get involved by simply creating awareness at a minimum. Can you think of anything else your WAVE can do to help tackle the issue of trafficking? 



In the United States, violence is the number one killer of people between the ages 15-24. There is a strong correlation between poverty and violence. Typically, being poor in America means living in a devastated, crime-ridden neighborhood where violence is much more likely. Violence takes place in private and in public. Sometimes it's evident, other times it's done in secret. Either way, it's destroying our generation worldwide. Your WAVES should pray about about ways to tackle this issue in your world.