The Face of Poverty

TODAY’S REALITY

Remember a cartoon where a father named George had a wife named Jane and two kids in tow – and the majority of the cool factor of the show revolved around pushing buttons to make things happen?  It’s only too bad that the Jetsons couldn’t be here today to show us how to turn Poverty’s power off.  But that simply isn’t reality and today we’re caught in a difficult time where Poverty is very much an issue.  And, it’s much larger than we might give it credit.

PREVALANCE

Ask yourself – what percentage of American’s live in poverty?  Mind you, there are several countries where poverty is an issue, but being a world power, is it possible that Poverty is really that prevalent here?  I’ll answer that for you in a bit, but formulate an answer before we get there, OK?

When you think of Poverty, do you think of the homeless people on the streets or perhaps those looking for a ride as you get off the highway and head into the city?  Certainly homeless people are included in the Poverty community, but there are many more that qualify in this category as well.

FACES

The photos you see are a few faces I hope no one has to experience in person.  To me these are the true faces of poverty.  The faces are of children in obvious states of poverty.  Perhaps not in all cases, but these children are innocent victims lacking proper shelter, food, clothing, education and medical assistance.  Would it surprise you to know that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty conditions?  These numbers were taken from a 2005 survey.  That same survey compared to 2000 numbers shows Poverty to be on the rise. Poverty destroys.  But it can be stopped.

Poverty is a complex issue and not solved overnight.  But you can start today.  Whether its a small donation to a local charity, the giving of your time to help those in need or the formation of a cause related group, Poverty can be disrupted and decreased.

For more information on how you can help, visit www.blogactionday.org or click on the button below.  Today is the day to act.


The Greatest Marketer – a proud father

Blog for Fathers

Blog for Fathers

The continuation of Web 2.0 evolves and evolves.  And, before you know it, the common man is able to achieve great things, in addition to being a father.  Like networking with each other, even those considered famous in social media.

Chris Brogan, veteran of social media and co-founder of PodCamp has started a new blog of a different sort.  Dad-O-Matic is a blog for fathers (and mothers) to trade stories, provide advice and give a forum to talk about our children and what we’ve learned.  Chris tweeted about this (on Twitter, what else?!) a few days ago, looking for authors and I was only too happy to oblige.  If you’re a father like me and enjoy marketing your best creation (your kids), then take a look at Dad-O-Matic.  Who knows, we might all learn something.