This year, the focus for the annual Blog Action Day 2008 is on poverty. Bloggers around the world have the opportunity to participate in this effort to raise public awareness of global poverty. EU ministers have agreed to join in, and thousands of bloggers will be taking part in this year’s event. Buildify is also joining in, and will be taking their efforts one step further.
In addition to their posts on poverty for Blog Action Day 2008, Buildify will also be donating the entire day’s revenue to Habitat for Humanity. The organization is responsible for building more than 250,000 homes and aids people throughout the world, helping reduce the sting of poverty. Credit Karma (see Credit Karma’s Blog) will also be matching their portion of contributions made by Buildify on this day.
It is a rare event when you can gather thousands of bloggers to focus on a single issue, and the power of the previous Blog Action Day was evident. The 2007 event was centered around the environment, and had an amazing impact not only on the blogosphere, but also the rest of the world. It is expected that the 2008 event will exceed last year’s popularity.
By taking a few minutes out of our busy schedules to focus on the plight of the less fortunate throughout the world, it is hoped that the lives of millions will be impacted. Given the previous success of Blog Action Day, it is clear that this can be accomplished. Currently, more than three billion people are forced to subsist on less that two dollars per day, and poverty is quickly becoming one of the most important issues facing our world today.
That number includes more than one billion children. According to Global Issues, it is estimated that approximately 640 million children live without adequate shelter, while more than 400 million do not have access to safe sources of water. Approximately 270 million children do not have access to health care, and due to this sad statistic, more than 29,000 children die every single day.
Children in developing countries are hit the hardest by poverty. Nearly 28% of children in these countries are underweight and malnourished. South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are by far the worst in terms of need, and the problem is expanding rapidly. When you consider that out of the two billion children in this world, that one billion suffer from the effects of poverty, it is clear that action must be taken to bring them relief.
Buildify is proud to be able to take part in this global push to end poverty and hopes that their contribution will make a real impact on the lives of those in need. It’s not too late to take part in Blog Action Day 2008, and these sentiments can be carried out throughout the year. Buildify encourages our readers to give back to their community, both globally and locally and to do all in their power to end poverty. By working together, we can make a difference.
Originally posted 2008-10-15 00:01:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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