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Community has been a frequent topic of my discussions here lately. It is something that we all have, and hopefully are trying to build, and improve. There is a face, sometimes hidden in the shadows of just about every community. A face marked and mapped by the burdens, unfamiliar and completely inconceivable to most of us. A burden that weighs heavily on those afflicted with its discouraging plight. A painful social existence, that we as a community, all to often wish to forget, push aside, or paint out of our mental portrait of life.
Today, October 15 th 2008, is Blog Action Day-Poverty. The goal is to promote the awareness of, and find new ways of brining an eventual end to poverty. 9,394 blogs from all over the world have signed up to participate, as of the time I wrote this post. Many more will sign up before its all said and done. Currently there will be an estimated 10,612,112 people who will read about, and perhaps be inspired to do something, any little thing to help fight poverty.
Poverty is something that many of us will never experience or even come close to fully understanding. We worry about the current state of our economic dilemma. Concerned about what will happen if the situation takes yet another turn for the worse. Worried for our own wellbeing and stability, and that of our our families. Yet right under our noses, many time just around the corner, are people who are already, suffering that plight. An embarrassing, demeaning situation, for those who find themselves suddenly impoverished. Poverty resulting from any number of causes, that boggle the imagination. Proud people who want only to help themselves, and generally not wanting to, or too proud to ask for help. People like you and me, trying to take that one little step forward, in an attempt to extricate themselves from their predicament. Many times feeling as though all they accomplish is to slide even deeper, into a seemingly bottomless quagmire. I can imagine no greater suffering and perhaps shame, than not being able to give your children shelter, food, or the simple feeling of security and stability.
We as a community, and each of us individually, can do any number of things to help relieve the strain and worry of those living in poverty. We can donate food to churches and community shelters who feed and shelter those in need. How many extra blankets do you have in your house that you will never or seldom use, why not donate them? Do you have some old coats, clothes, or shoes that you or your kids have outgrown, or don’t use? Why not donate them to a local coat drive. For those that are willing, a person can donate their time to the community shelters, and help those in need. How many times have you seen a person standing on the side of the road holding a sign that says “will work for food”. let them mow your lawn, and keep their pride. They don’t want to beg or get something for nothing. I can understand that, its a sense of pride that is hard to let go of. We have a choice of where we buy our groceries and other necessities. Support those businesses that support the hungry, homeless, and impoverished.
There are even more serious sufferings caused by poverty in other places all over the globe. Many third world countries that have no societal or government structure to help them. Even the smallest donation to any number of charities like Feed The Children or UNICEF can help people in those countries.
According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”
Corruption is one of the major causes of poverty in these nations. We have all heard of the suffering and strife in places such as Zimbabwe, or the Iraq food for oil sanctions . We need to find ways to make our voice heard, loud and clear, so we may possibly influence the governments of the world to step in and make some positive changes.
While doing what we can for the problems at home, we can not forget that some times there is far greater suffering all over the globe. Let us set aside our own worries for just a little while, and lend our voice to those who are trying to make a difference world wide. You can also make a donation by clicking on the widget at the Blog Action Day 2008-Poverty web site, just click here to donate. Or check out their other fundraising efforts, you might want to take part in. You can also go to Thoughts From a Sometimes Desperate Housewife, simply read her post, and when you leave a comment, $1.00 will be donated to the cause. Lets get her as many comments as we can. It does not have to be anything fancy, just leave a comment, maybe thank her for taking part.
Blog Action Day 2008– Poverty , is an important effort, that we can all be proud of taking part in. If you have a blog, share in the effort, write an article, and promote Blog Action Day – Poverty 2008. Its a simple thing we all can do to improve our world, and costs nothing but a little time. We have a voice, even the small newbie blogger like me, lets make it heard around the world.