Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion, and this year’s issue is POVERTY. How much do you have? Do you have a roof over your head? Food on your plate? A job you get up to go to in the morning? Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 Americans lives below the poverty level? 36.5 million people by the most recent statistics – that is a shameful number for the richest country on earth to have on it’s hands. The United States is number 16 out of 18 nations in the United Nations Development Programme poverty index. 16th. Out of 18 nations. Only Ireland and Italy of the 18 developed nations in the index have more people living in poverty than we do. I think we as a country need to work on some priorities to better enable and help people step up and work their way out of poverty instead of keeping things the status quo. It has been this way for far too long.
Too many people complain about their lack of a 42-inch plasma TV, or a new BMW, or their thrice-yearly vacations to St. Thomas. What does that stuff matter in the grand scheme of things? It doesn’t – none of that is needed to survive, yet too many people think it is a right and not a privilege to have these commodities. And I think we need to start thinking about what other people don’t have before we complain about our lack of the newest gadget, car, gizmo, or other non-essential item. There are millions of people who would be happy with just something to eat; and here we are sad that we only got to take 1 vacation this year. Think about it. Be thankful for what you have – too many people go without each and every single day.
In honor of Blog Action Day 2008, I will be donating any and all advertising income from all my sites to Kiva.org, which is one of the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending websites, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. These entrepreneurs use their loans to start businesses that lift them and their communities out of poverty. If you would like to donate as well, please check out the Blog Action Day Lending Team.
And to see what some of my blogging friends are up to on this day, check them out here:
- World Poverty & How You Can Help – Being Frugal
- How the US Military Fights Poverty Worldwide – Military Finance Network
- Teach a Child, Save a Generation – One Caveman’s Financial Journey
- Fighting Poverty in America and Abroad – Cash Money Life
- blog action day – poverty – Plonkee Money
- War On Poverty – Moolanomy
- Poverty – It’s our responsibility to help – Gather Little By Little
- I Want To Sponsor A Kid – Debt Kid
- How We Give And Why – Mrs. Micah
- Causes Of Poverty – Free From Broke