How You Can Help to Fight Poverty on Blog Action Day

We know, not the title you were expecting to see show up in your RSS reader or inbox from us is it?  Well today we are taking a minute to use this blog as a voice for an important cause on Blog Action Day.  It is amazing to see the blogging community band together to support solving poverty!  There are over 9,700 blogs registered (as of 2:20a est on 10/15) to be a part of Blog Action Day.  These 9,700 blogs will reach over 10.7 million people through RSS feeds along, not including email subscriptions and non-subscribers.

Most people understand that poverty is an extremely serious problem that is plaguing the entire world.  However, a lot of people probably don’t understand just how tragic of an issue it is.  For those in that group, take in some of these stats compiled by GlobalIssues.org:

  • Over three billion people live on less than $2.50 per day while over 80% of humanity lives on less than $10/day.
  • Approximately 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty.
  • There are 1.1 billion people living in developing countries who do not have adequate access to water while approximately 2.6 billion people lack basic water sanitation capabilities.
  • Every 2nd child born in this world is born into poverty.

Stats like those we highlighted above are just a few of the many horrific stats that are part of our world reality.  One of the major problems is that people don’t understand how their small contributions can help such a massive world issue such as poverty.  However, what many fail to realize is that there are groups out there such as Heifer International which provide you the ability to donate small amounts which can go towards purchasing livestock such as a flock of chicks ($20) or a water buffalo ($250 or a shared donation of $25).  Such a contribution can feed easily feed an entire family and sometimes even a whole village.

So, instead of going out to a restaurant today, take a few dollars of that money and donate it to a charity like Heifer who will use it to provide sustainable foods/technologies to families and villages who can’t even provide something that we take for granted such as clean drinking water for their young children.

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