Blog Action Day: Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day, you can check out the main site here, or follow the Twitter feed here.  The idea behind this movement is to raise awareness of a particular issue by mobalizing bloggers all over the world.  This year that issue is poverty, and it’s something that I can speak to with passion and experience. I’m going to keep this very short, I want you to think about what you might be able to do to help, not read my life story.

For almost 20 years I have been travelling to Northern Mexico with high school kids from all over the West Coast to build homes for the very poor. Along with several partners we have brought youth groups of all sizes to the desert to live in tents in the middle of nowhere, eat food off of a portable stove and work 8-10 hours a day in the scorching heat building houses that are barely larger than your guest room.  

The families that we are building for are often living in nothing more than a box, a lean-to or even an abandoned car when we meet them. Over the course of a week we not only provide realiable shelter, we also get to know the parents and children as real people.  We eat with them, laugh with them, cry with them.  Packing up and leaving at the end of that week is such an emotional challenge, but it’s also satisfying to know that we have given a boost in life to a group of people that otherwise would have nothing.

Over these two decades we have worked in conjuction with Amor Ministries out of San Diego, California.  If a week-long trip like this sounds like something that you would be interested in participating in, you can find out more information by contacting Amor. I assure you, doing this will change your life and the lives of a family forever.

If you do not have the time or the inclination to travel, you can make a huge difference in somebody’s life by sponsoring a child in another country.  I have been sending $32 per month to Compassion International on behalf of a beautiful little girl in Uganda named Olivia.  They make it easy enough for me, the money is automatically debited from my account each month and Olivia benefits by way of food, water and education.  It’s amazing to me that for the price of one nice sushi lunch I can help a child that desperately needs help for an entire month. Olivia writes letters to me and draws pictures, and I do the same for her.  Please, if you can, go over to the Compassion International site and sponsor a child.  The process will only take you a few minutes, but the impact that your simple act will have will change a life.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  I hope that you will do something today to make a step toward ending poverty.  If you do something or know of something that can help, please feel free to talk about it and add links in the comments.


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