There are now 7 days (by my count) until Blogging Action Day Poverty. I am still doing posts on the 6 different ways to make Blogging Day unforgettable that Easton Ellsworth provided in his Action Blog post.
This time it is number 3. Dream.
While there is no claim as far as being brave or original, my way of making the world a little better and myself is through knowledge and participation. Blog Action Day 2008 is one way, but that is one day, so I need to find others. That will not be hard to do. There are countless opportunities.
There is, to my mind, a difference between dream and vision. I can agree with Easton Ellswoth that, "There is no such thing as a lack of opportunity - only a lack of vision". To implement vision though takes strategy and commitment. Below are some of the groups featured at the right hand column under Supporting Millenium Development Goals "In the Trenches", who have the dream, the vision, the strategy and the committment.
More than one billion people around the world live on less than $1 per day. Securing their basic necessities like clean water, food, education and health care, requires financial assistance from external sources delivered efficiently and effectively. The United States has a long tradition of helping people help themselves. By contributing our share – roughly an additional 1% of the federal budget – in partnership with other nations, we can:
- Put 77 million children, most of whom are girls, in school
- Provide access to clean water to 450 million people
- Prevent more than 5.4 million young children from dying each year from poverty-related illnesses
- Save 16,000 lives a day by fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
- Oxfam UK
Human first, amazing second
Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. Together. Doing amazing work. Together. People power drives everything we do. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts. That’s Oxfam in action.
- Concern Worldwide
- Concern works as both a fast response emergency agency and a facilitator of long-term development projects. Concern recognises that there is a strong link between poverty and the impact of emergencies and maintains a clear mission to respond to emergencies alongside its established development work.
- Fully Belly Project
Vision: The vision of the Full Belly Project is that the residents of rural communities in developing countries live lives of abundance - that they awake each morning to days of economic possibility and go to sleep each night with bellies that are full.
Mission: The Full Belly Project designs and distributes income-generating agricultural devices to improve life in developing countries
- Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the Clinton Foundation that brings together a community of global leaders, university students, and private citizens to identify and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges, including poverty alleviation, climate change, global health, and education.