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Blog Action Day 2008 – Talking About Poverty.

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:

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  3. thanks for taking the time and using your blog to raise awarenss about poverty. good for you. i hope it encourages others to make a difference today.

  4. kouji haiku says:

    it’s good of you to donate your proceeds.

    i love kiva. :) am currently unable to make a donation though, so i put up its banner on my blog (as well as that of freerice and goodsearch).

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

  5. Even crazier… 30,000 children die each day due to poverty. I work for an international non profit and it’s just so cool to see everyone getting involved. It’s a great cause!

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  8. cwaltz says:

    I already made my commitment over at being frugal but feel it would be remiss to point out that those with little resources for spending can contribute by logging onto FreeRice. The site tests you on subjects like math, art, word skills and for each right answer contributes food to folks in poverty.

    http://www.freerice.com

  9. david says:

    Thanks cwaltz, appreciate that.

  10. I think that’s really great that you’re helping to raise awareness and participating in something that is for a greater cause. Donating your ad income is an admirable initiative to take, and I hope other sites can do the same. You’ve definitely motivated me to reconsider my spending habits and appreciate what I have instead of stressing over how to afford a Wii by Christmas.

  11. Alexis says:

    It does seem that as a country we focus on the things we don’t have rather than the things we do. I agree that while some of us are bummed because we can’t afford a new iphone or car, some would be very grateful for a warm blanket and food. How easy is it to take blankets and warm clothes you don’t use to your local donation center? I live in a city where you can’t walk very far down the street without someone asking for change, it puts things in perspective. Today is about raising awareness and reminding everyone to do something. Do anything you can to help, no matter how small or how little you think it will help. A little “change” goes a long way…

    We’re also participating in blog action day! Our site provides resources, computers, training, and community outreach to those in poverty for the purpose of giving them the necessary skills they need to get into the workforce. We’re trying to do our part to end the cycle of poverty, I believe every bit counts.

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  14. katie says:

    Kiva is a great choice for donation! Blog Action Day has really raised awareness to microloaning because I have seen several post about it and many commentors in praising the financing results as well. I work with Surivor Corp and wanted to share with readers a link to GuluWalk 2008. People from all over the world have the opportunity to participate in helping the children of N. Uganda have food and shelter. It is another one of the great causes out there. Come walk if it is in your city!

  15. Tim says:

    those stats don’t omit students, so the number is lower. ok, so there are lots of folks below the “poverty line”. not sure what that means, because there isn’t abject poverty in the U.S.

    with that said, it is admirable on awareness, unfortunately, i wish it wasn’t all about money. throwing money at poverty does not solve the problem of poverty. i like things that empower people, rather than hand outs. so good for the microloans

    i also wish that people would list other ways to help than by giving money. you can volunteer at a hospice or a food shelter or habitat for humanity, etc.

  16. david says:

    However you add up the numbers, too many people are living in poverty. Blog Action Day was an even by almost 10,000 of us bloggers to raise awareness and money – it’s not really the time to be negative about the number of poor or how we are raising money. It was meant to be a positive thing about making change.

  17. Tim says:

    @david: yes, but when you use misleading figures, that is rather disingenuous, too. Why shouldn’t it be about how you define or the number of poor, or why shouldn’t it be about how you raise money when, “Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion, and this year’s issue is POVERTY.” I think discussion on how to spend or how to act is very germane, because throwing money at “poverty” or a purely monetary aspect does not reduce, has not reduced, or end poverty. Every blog action day blog I’ve seen talks only about raising money. There is a ton of money out there to “end poverty” already and you would figure with all that money, poverty would have ended centuries ago; however, throwing money at the problem has never resolved the problem, so, sorry, someone should be critical of the monetary aspect. You want to be positive about change, then start looking at ways of doing things better rather than just raising money.

  18. david says:

    You can have your opinion, but I choose not to dwell on whether the number is off or not by a little bit. People live in poverty, the act by all of us was a positive thing if only to get people to think about poverty. Arguing about it defeats the purpose.

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