Today is Blog Action Day, and the 2008 theme is poverty.
As you’ve been noticing recently, global poverty is one of the issues that tugs at my heart, and I try to be an advocate for fighting poverty through the work of charities, through actions in my community and through organizations working around the world. Why my harping? Because 26,000+ chidren die from poverty-related causes every single day.
I truly believe that looking out for those with less is the right thing for all of us to do.
I don’t believe there’s any one right way to fight poverty, though. You may feel a desire to help in a different way then I do, and that’s a good thing, because different actions help in different ways. Child sponsorship can’t get government to forgive another government’s crushing debts, but political advocacy can’t let a little girl know she matters enough that someone remember her birthday. Some people and groups take care of wounds that are gushing right now, while others try to find the source and stop it. We need it all.
WHAT CAN YOU GIVE?
Even just a bit of empathy.
Here’s what I will give back today:
FOR EVERY COMMENT ON THIS POST, I WILL DONATE $1.00 to Ethiopian Orphan Relief or our local SLR voucher program (Donations split 50/50–and I suppose I must set some limit!) For every comment sharing what you are doing or will do to fight poverty, I will donate $2.
Will you write a letter to your sponsored child? Email your state representative? Take some extra food to the food bank? Repeat this same challenge on your own blog? Get involved in something, let me know, and watch my gift grow. Game ends Friday at midnight PST. The real challenge never ends.
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