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Blog Action Day: Blog for a Cause

October 15th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Whilst I think I’m late, this is my contribution for The Blog Action Day. This year’s theme is about poverty. I’m writing here quickly in a very casual way.

I remember when I first put up a blog (not octwelve), my second post was about this baby who is in need of a very rare and expensive milk to survive, and this milk can only be bought overseas. He is one of the many poor babies in the foundation that I support. But that time, monetary donations is not enough. So I emailed the people overseas that I know if they know the milk and if I could buy from them and ship it to me. It’s so difficult to get that milk. And I tried to blog about it too. But the thing is it’s just a second post. I don’t think I have enough credibility by that time. Although I have the video of the baby posted too, that blog is not very popular. So to make my long story short, my blog to find milk for the baby is not successful :(

Now I’m thinking,  I hope I can use this blog to raise funds for that foundation. And I could sponsor other charitable institutions as well. Nice idea right? But I think to do that, I need some permit. Hmm let’s see.

And now we are talking about this. I’ve been searching for years for this orphanage in the Philippines which adopts babies till 2 years old. I forgot the name, House of Angels or something. If you know it, do let me know. I hope this reaches them too.

I think this is one of the many ways to make use of technology to fight against poverty or atleast try to help those who are currently in need.

PS: The baby found his milk and survived :)

10 responses so far

  • becoming minimalist says:
    Oct 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    thanks for using your blog and taking the time to raise awareness for the reality of poverty. good for you.

    i hope it encourages your readers to donate to a charity of their choosing.

  • kouji haiku says:
    Oct 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    it’s good to hear about the baby. :)

    for my part, i turn to sites like freerice (rice donation), kiva (microfinance), and goodsearch (donation per search), as ways to help alleviate poverty online. i also put up their banners on my blog. :)

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

  • World Concern says:
    Oct 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Crazy and moving story. I work for World Concern an international non-profit… http://www.worldconcern.org . We help people out of poverty every day, but it’s cool to see just normal people helping too.

  • Alex says:
    Oct 16, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Great post, I myself wrote one at: http://www.guruofsales.com/general/427/fight-poverty-its-blog-action-day-today and the action has not stopped. Would you share your thoughts by a comment there as well?

  • Luc says:
    Oct 17, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    What I do is very little and I hope I could give more. But if each one of us will do a little act of kindness, together we can make a big difference.

    Love and peace!! :)

  • kouji says:
    Oct 19, 2008 at 1:55 am

    indeed. a lot of people doing a little can result in something significant. :)

  • The Muffin Man says:
    Oct 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I am a nurse. When I was still in college our group in our hospital intership usually choose the pooorest patient in our ward and we buy him whatever medicine that our budget can buy.

    It is not a good thing seeing people die from sickness that are too simple to cure just because they do not have the money to buy the medicine.

  • Luc says:
    Oct 21, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Muffin Man, just reading your post makes me mad. Some people just don’t have the heart.

  • cheritycall says:
    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    hy, Give something to help those hungry people in Africa and India,
    I added this blog about them:
    on http://tinyurl.com/5pul7l

  • ooopinionsss says:
    Dec 3, 2008 at 7:49 am

    How you think when the economic crisis will end? I wish to make statistics of independent opinions!

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