Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

So today is blog action day, who knew? I'm a little late out of the gate, but I think the point is for bloggers to come together and unite for a common cause. Today's cause is POVERTY.



Interestingly, poverty has been on my radar lately because of my research on Ethiopia [insert 1980's hit song, "we are the world, we are the children" here].

Imagine a place where faces are smiling despite hunger pains. In this place there is one phone for every 100 people, homes are made of cardboard and scraps, safe drinking water is a luxury, and sickness has spread death over the land.

In this place children's cries are muffled by their pillows at night. More than 4 million (FOUR MILLION - absorb that for a minute) children are longing to be held by their loving mommies, but she's dead. Many of these children became caregivers to their sick parents at an age where American children are pulling the heads of of their Barbies.

In this place some children go to school, but many do not. In this place, girls are often unwillingly married off at age 13. In this place "fairness" isn't part of the equation.

In this place, old age is 52. In this place 25% of people live on less than $1 per day. One dollar per day (you can barely start your day without spending $1.50 on a D&D coffee)

This place needs your help.

Do something, anything, to help today.

Thank you.

**oh, good news: "doing something" just got super easy! For each comment left on this blog, an anonymous donor has volunteered to donate $2 to Worldvision. Thank you Anonymous Donor!

World Food Day is tomorrow, October 16th, so the "comment collection" will stay open through midnight tomorrow 10/16/08. Please leave your comment before then! It doesn't matter what you say, just say something. Comment for a cause, it'll be the easiest thing you've done all day!

Exciting Update! ...we're up to $4 per comment left on this blog! 4 hours left! Don't lurk today...leave your mark! Thanks KSeas!

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T5M said...

I think I count as one.

Cha ching!

MaineMom said...

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The Gawel's said...

Great Blog.

Tiana said...

Aewsome idea! And thank you to the person donating.

Kaye said...

What a wonderful idea. And since World Vision is one of my favorite mission organizations, I wanted to be sure to leave a comment.

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Grandma said...

We know most of this Ethiopia tragedy from reading the newspaper, watching 60 minutes and of course world news. However, we forget soon afterward (because it is too difficult to keep thinking about it).

Your blog brings it to light again. I am proud of you for writing this blog on this subject.

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Count us in for $2.00 per comment

mainelife said...

better late than never. Good for you!

T5M said...

Is this cheating? ahhh...who cares, it's for a good cause...wahoo! we're up to $4 per comment!

~Seth and Nancy~ said...

so someone donates for people commenting? or do we donate? sorry...i would've posted sooner!

MaineMom said...

who is the anonymous donor? Hmm??

T5M said...

No, YOU don't give anything, all YOU have to do is leave a comment!

...The money is coming from an "Anonymous Donor" and now KSeas!

Only 3 1/2 hours left!

~Seth and Nancy~ said...

gotcha!

~Seth and Nancy~ said...

hope you have a good weekend!