blog action day – fight poverty

today, october 15, is blog action day and it is a privilege to be a part of it raising awareness for poverty.

as i have mentioned earlier, this journey to become minimalist is a spiritual journey for me.  i have traveled to many third-world countries and have seen people living in true poverty.  i always return home moved to do something but quickly fall back into my normal routine of accumulating more and more stuff.  in many ways, this decision to become minimalist is an answer to that growing discontent in my life.

the statistics tell us that half of the world’s population (3 billion people) live on less than $2.50/day – almost 1 billion of which are hungry.  16,000 children will die today because of hunger. 

today, along with me, will you consider making a donation to world vision and help fight poverty around the world?

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  1. says

    am unable to make a donation right now unfortunately.

    for my part, i turn to sites like freerice, kiva, and goodsearch, as ways to help alleviate poverty online, even if i’m not yet working.

    got to this post via your comments on blog action day blogs. :)

  2. anna says

    Hello! I’ve been lurking for a couple of weeks. I decided to go minimalist last spring, after I saw “The Story of Stuff”. I really appreciate this blog, particularly the Christian aspect.
    Yesterday, I came across a blog called “30 Days of Nothing”.
    After I had read it, I thought that perhaps the community here might find this interesting. When I checked this site this morning, there was a post on fighting poverty, so I decided that I was supposed to say something.
    The URL is

  3. Christy says

    As soon as I read about today’s blog action day, World Vision came to my mind. I am a WV volunteer, child sponsor and my sister has just arrived home from 2 WV trips – to Rwanda and Indonesia.

    Between my sister’s experiences, and ours (we got a heart-felt letter from the father of one of our sponsored children telling us how our sponsorship has helped their family), I can only say THIS WORKS. There are lots of theories and ideas about what really solves poverty, but to my knowledge, nothing as effective and long-term sustainable than this.

    THANKS for your blog – – our ideas about minimizing really do relate to poverty and the world as a whole.

  4. says


    How cool is your blog. I love your ideas and actions, and will be coming back to check them out regularly. I make ‘to do’ lists…and one item that comes up on the list time and time again is ‘get ALL junk OUT of room!’. But I’m actually going to finally cross it off in a few weeks time (I finish my uni degree today!).

    I reckon you’re totally right about minimising and streamlining being a spiritual thing. Some days I just want to own the clothes on my back and be in nature…to be with God without any of my junk getting in the way. sigh…


  5. says

    Thank you for encouraging others to find ways to share what they have with those who are less fortunate. Also, thanks for commenting on my blog post about Blog Action Day.
    My wife and I are always looking for ways to share with others. I also wrote a post about Blog Action Day on our blog.

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