Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I have been asked “why start a non-profit for global outreach?” There are many reasons.
1. My faith has probably been the biggest influence. I feel convicted to act. Aside from that…
2. Facts, facts, and more facts:
a. Nearly 25,000 children die every day because of poverty.
b. About 1 billion people live on less than $1/day
c. 20% of the people control 80% of the world’s resources
d. The poorest people will also have less access to health, education and other services. Problems of hunger, malnutrition and disease afflict the poorest in society. The poorest are also typically marginalized from society and have little representation or voice in public and political debates, making it even harder to escape poverty.
3. Educate and experience. Many of us in the US are rarely exposed to the extreme poverty of developing countries. In the same manner, we also are not exposed to the incredible gifts that other cultures can offer us. When we can learn about each other together, we can walk hand in hand. As Shane Claiborne stated in The Irresistible Revolution, "When the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning. When the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end."
4. "We can do no great things, only small things with GREAT love." Mother Teresa
5. One Small Drop associates are everyday people with a passion for reaching beyond themselves, beyond stereotypes, beyond borders, beyond obstacles, to make a difference…one small drop at a time.