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Blog Action Day: Poverty

Today’s blog action day.

Poverty, what do you think?  Where do you fit in it all?

Last Christmas my wife and I experimented with funding a few differnet organizations in place of presents for one another.

We bought a goat through World Vision, which sounds cool, but I have no idea what that Goat is doing right now.  We decided to partner with Food for the Hungry for child sponsorship.  I like how they state upfront you can actually meet the child you sponsor.

My favorite organization yet has been Kiva.

Through Kiva we’ve been able to continuously re-microfinance different families all around the world.  I love reading about the different ways entrepreneurs in the two-thirds world are lifting themselves out of poverty – everything from selling vegetables, recycling goods, and making clothing.

With all the places we can donate money to in mind, I believe Shane Claiborne once said something to the effect of how churches and these organizations can be reduced to distribution centers.  Where the poor get their stuff, and the rich feel a bit better, but in the end no one is deeply transformed.

Poverty.  What do you think?

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • deana October 15, 2008, 11:12 pm

    I have not heard of this org. It just might be our “gift” of choice this year!

  • Lon October 20, 2008, 11:09 am

    yup, it doesn’t hurt to try! I think the organization can still do better, but you don’t have to invest much to really see impact

  • Daddy16 October 22, 2009, 6:09 pm

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