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Blog Action Day 08 – POVERTY

Today is Blog Action Day, this year’s theme is Poverty. Unfortunately I only learned of this this morning, but I think it’s an important issue we need to address. Having thousands of bloggers blogging about poverty today is a great way of reminding our readers that poverty is still a terrible issue that effects the entire planet.

I’ve been a fan of for some time now, it’s a micro-lending site that allows you to loan money directly to a person who has requested it. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Have a look at how Kiva works and who’s supporting their mission. Then set up an account and get loaning, it’s very easy and fun to see the person you’re actually helping.

I love the idea of Second Harvest (Nashville link) and Feeding America. By visiting the Feeding America site you can enter your address to find a local food bank. In Toronto, we would use the Daily Bread Food Bank.

It’s easy to donate food and money to feed your neighbors. Just hop on Google and search “food bank” +your city name. Another idea is to simply drop off non-perishable food items to your local fire department.


People living in Nashville, or anywhere for that matter, should be familiar with Kevin Barbieux. Kevin hosts a blog called The Homeless Guy. I recommend subscribing to his blog for a true understanding of what it’s like to live on the streets.

In Toronto, Homeless Man Speaks is a blog for a homeless man written by Tony Clemens, and transcribed by a friend. There’s a video about Tony’s blog on the Toronto Star’s site.

I think it’s a great idea to subscribe to homeless blogger’s blogs to see what life is like on a daily basis. Do you know any local homeless bloggers? Drop me a link here please.

Thanks for your help, please be sure to spread the word.


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