Take Action Against Poverty

October 15, 2008

water_drop_causing_a_ripple.jpg (JPEG Image, 495x335 pixels)If you think for one second you can’t do anything about world poverty I and thousands of other bloggers are here to prove you wrong. Today is Blog Action Day and this year bloggers around the world are talking about ways to reduce poverty worldwide. The goal is to introduce our readers to ways they can help, to inspire people to take action and to change the world.

I’m not going to preach to you about why you should take steps to stop poverty. You already know, and if you’ve read this far you want to find out what you can do. Instead, I’d like to introduce you to some people who are reaching out in their own small ways to make a change. I want to show you that even if you can’t raise millions of dollars you can make a difference in someone’s life. We can take micro steps, which lead to a larger commitment, we can encourage others, which magnifies our own efforts. The power of social media can raise the awareness of millions and allow us to make a larger impact than we could possibly do on our  own.

The Uncultured Project is a YouTube channel started by “Shawn”, a 27 year old Canadian student whose goal is to inspire others and get people to start asking themselves “are we doing enough to make the world a better place?”. The videos are truly inspiring to anyone who wants to see how they can make a difference and the blog goes more indepth on the stories of some of the incredible donors he’s filmed.

The End Poverty Blog contains posts from experts around the world with their individual opinions about what is taking place in the world. They discuss laws and initiatives against hunger.

Poverty News Blog tracks news stories related to poverty wherever it happens. Whether it’s new funding for anti-malaria drugs in Uganda, Micro loans in Guatemala or how the credit crisis will affect the re-building of New Orleans, Poverty News Blog has the story.

Bread Blog is the official blog for Bread for the World, a Christian initiative to encourage people of all faiths to get involved and “build the political commitment needed to overcome hunger and poverty.”

Make Poverty History is a UK based blog offering a load of ways to take action politically and personally. The site has some truly inspiring videos from the likes of Bono, Nelson Mandela and Anthony Minghella as well.

Ready to get off your computer chair and do something? Here are some ways you can take action right away.

Sign up on Kiva where you can make micro-loans to people in developing countries who are trying to become self sufficient through building their own small businesses. It doesn’t take much and Kiva will keep you up to date on the status of your loan and how the money you’ve loaned is changing the loves of the borrowers. You can start with loans as little as $25, just a couple less latte’s a week.

Find a place to volunteer your services. Volunteer Match and Charity Guide are both good resources to match your skills or interests with needy organizations.

Go through your wardrobe and find business attire suitable for interviews and donate them to people who are re-entering the workforce through Dress for Success and Career Gear.

Join the Global Citizen Corps and sign and distribute this petition to fight world hunger.

Host a movie screening from the Film Connection’s list and help spread the word about worldwide poverty. Then get everyone who attends to sign the petition!

Whatever you do, large or small makes a difference, and if you broadcast your actions through social media, you may just inspire others to action and start just a ripple oof change.

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  2. Thank you all for your comments, I’ll be writing a check to 2nd Harvest today! Please follow these links above and do what you can to reduce poverty year round. It’s the little steps that make a difference.

  3. Dear Janet,

    Thank you so much for your support of Blog Action Day! This is a wonderful list of organizations who are all fighting to eradicate poverty and bring financial independence, and help us take the fight to our own neighbourhoods!

    I’ve dugg your story in thanks.

  4. Wonderful ideas Janet! We CAN all make a difference if we just take that first step. Thank you for posting all the terrific opportunities.

  5. Copying a very good idea from @mriggen @KatjaPresnal and @Remarkablogger, I’ll donate $5 for every comment on this post today.

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