My Blog Action Day Post on Poverty 2008

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Poverty

 

Today: October 15th 2008

Information:  Blog Action Day 2008 on Poverty --> http://blogactionday.org/

Purpose:  This historical day represents the online movement throughout the world to promote awareness and particpation in fighting against poverty.  Bloggers unite to promote thier influence through blog participation, videos and other creative online marketing platforms.  Last years movement was based on the environment this year is based on poverty.

411 behind Poverty:  First of all thank you very much for checking out my blog.  I know that sometimes people look past things that doesn't help themselves out personally or gain personal gains from reading this and thats fine thats human nature but not everyone is like that and I thank those people who are not that way.

Poverty from the wikipedia definition is 

" deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, and may also include the deprivation of opportunities to learn, to obtain better employment to escape poverty, and/or to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens."

So bottom line is the deprived state of being poor.  Poverty is most commonly seen in third world countries but in Reality poverty exists everywhere including here in the United States of America.

Below are some powerful Poverty Statistics to consider from http://www.globalissues.org

Poverty

  • At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
  • 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names
  • Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
  • 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity:
My 2 cents:

We may complain about the current stock market....

We may complain about our jobs...

We may complain about the Real Estate Market....

We may complain about Gas Prices...

The Reality is ...we should all be humble and grateful for what we have.

Our problems in essence is really tiny compared to the struggles and current situations of the world around us.

What we can do:

We have the power to change the world whether we help out 3rd world countries or help out people in our own country....its the Power of Influence...Leading by Example...and overall Karma.

Even if its something very small as donating a can to the Salvation Army this year...or volunteering time for the homeless...whatever it is...its that little Spark that will ignite the world to a HUGE FLAME of positive change that is very addicting and contagious!

Take that small step and do something that you never done before, every bit helps and join me in taking a step forward in a better world.

My Pledge this year:angel tree

I will help donate to the Angel Tree this Christmas.

I will help donate to a KIVA fund for loans that changes lives.

I am donating clothes to the Salvation Army.

I will continue to help spread awareness and positive energy in helping end poverty.

This may not seem like a lot or will be the deciding factor to end poverty...but will help contribute and help pave the way for the future....

 

 

Will you join me? If so comment away

 



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Vickie Slade
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Justin, you are so right about us complaining about so many different things, when others are so less fortunate that we are.  Your post really puts things into perspective.  I like to donate to poverty charities too, but I need to do more.  Donations can also be in the form of time, and do not necessarily have to be monitary.

Thanks again.

October 15, 2008 07:25 PM #1
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Janice Roosevelt
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Justin: what a blessing you are to have launched your own campaign. It is about choosing to help others even when you don't feel like it. You are so right in focusing on the positive, what we can do, not on what we can't. Namaste, Janice

October 15, 2008 07:28 PM #2
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Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Justin,

I try to NEVER complain...it's something that I've been raised to avoid. Growing up I was always aware of what we had and at times what we DIDN'T have...we had the things that TRULY mattered. We had a loving home, food, health, and HAPPINESS...it is vital that we teach our kids to be humble...So many people take for granted what they actually HAVE...This Christmas season for instance will be very rough on so many people. Our children need to be reminded that it's not about what you have, or what you want...it's about generosity...about GIVING...

Thank you for reminding us that this is a time where people are finding things to complain about...when they already have so much to be grateful for...

October 15, 2008 07:35 PM #3
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Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
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Hi Justine;

It is great what you are doing, we all should do more to help.................................

October 15, 2008 07:36 PM #4
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Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

You said:  This may not seem like a lot or will be the deciding factor to end poverty...but will help contribute and help pave the way for the future....

That sounds like a very good start to me.  We cannot be discouraged by thinking we can only do small things... small things lead to big things.  Every small thing helps and makes a difference. Good job!

October 16, 2008 11:37 AM #5
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Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

HI JUSTIN!

Great post!  Thanks for introducing this to me.  I've been on vacation and I didn't get an opportunity to post, but I did reblog Petra's post.

Have a good one!

October 22, 2008 03:30 PM #6
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Kathy McGraw
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Justin- I think you did a good job on this, getting the word to people, and also including your own action plan.  Everyone can make a difference, and thank you for doing your part :)

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