As a dedicated poverty fighter I couldn’t resist participating in this year’s Blog Action Day.  I have joined the swelling ranks of bloggers (over 12,000 and counting) who are using their collective influence to bring attention to the issue of poverty.

Here’s some more on the history of Blog Action Day.  The proceeds from today’s activities will be sent either to Kiva or the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

These are both laudable causes.  I’ve been lucky enough to have met staff members of both organizations through my work with the Microcredit Summit Campaign (and their shared office with RESULTS which works to support the GFATM).  I’m also a lender on Kiva and, in fact, have some funds that have been paid back to re-loan. If you haven’t had the pleasure of setting up an account on Kiva and contributing, I highly suggest you check it out.  Even in today’s uncertain economic environment, there is something fulfilling about giving money away to a greater cause. It reminds you that you are relatively rich.

And you are relatively rich.  There are a billion people living on a dollar a day or less, and nearly half the world’s population lives on $2.50 per day or less.  Those are staggering and appalling figures.  It really puts things in perspective

There is a ray of hope for those teeming masses of humanity whose faces we don’t get to see or and whose voices we don’t get to hear.  There is an army of people working tirelessly and often thanklessly to serve the needs of the very poor.  It is a long, hard road, but some very dedicated, intelligent and good-hearted people are committed to overcoming the challenge.  In recent years it seems like there has been a noticeable increase in the attention that world poverty and hunger get in our society.  Maybe it took Bono and Brangelina getting into the act before we took notice, but the momentum is growing.  (I can’t say if and for how long that trend will continue.)

The world’s poorest citizens are facing a number of ominous threats; the hunger crisis, financial meltdown and climate change.  Fortunately, we have a good idea of how to combat all of these.  Organizations like the Microcredit Summit Campaign, the Earth Institute, the We Campaign and Freedom from Hunger are developing and promoting the innovative, yet proven solutions to many of these problems.

On this day of action, i hope you’ll take a moment to consider how incredibly fortunate you are and to think about the great majority of the world who want need the tiniest portion of that luck.

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