Today is Blog Action Day– a day when bloggers from all over the blogosphere come together and talk about some of the most pressing issues in the world today. For 2008, the Blog Action theme is Poverty.
I grew up in the Philippines- a country down in South East Asia. Some people like to call it a developing country, others would like to call it The Sick Man of Asia, others just know it as a third-world country.
I call it home. It’s a great place, but it’s also got some of the poorest people in the world. Now that I think about it, I’m sure there are at least 10 or 20 other countries out there worse off than the Philippines, but what really makes matters worse around here is that while there are so many poor people in this country, you also have a lot of rich folk. In fact, you can go to certain parts of Metro Manila and not think that this country is poor at all. The truth is, the vast majority of the country lives below the poverty line, and the gap between the rich and the poor is only growing by the day.
You have politicians bickering about some of the most trivial things– 90% of them not even in touch with what’s really going on in the country. You have a government that doesn’t have much of a political will– where’s all the accountability and the command responsibility? The best minds of the country all leave for greener pastures, looking for jobs abroad– because they’re better off making money elsewhere than here in the Philippines.
That’s the reality for you.
For the next four weeks, this blog– The Life & Times of The Renzie Man— will come up with a weekly piece on Poverty in the Philippines. It is my challenge to myself to do some research, dig up some facts, and share my thoughts on the country’s poor.
I believe the best way to combat poverty is to empower yourself, and then to empower other people as well. I encourage other people to blog, to break themselves away from depending on other people (and other companies), to start their own businesses, and to help others find their own voice as well.
Which is really what this whole blog is all about. Helping others find their independence, so that they may also help others.
Here are a few posts I already have posted in the past to help in the war against poverty:
- I believe people have to change the way they look at money. Read about what I think about the subject here.
- One of the most empowering nuggets of wisdom for me: Preparation + Opportunity = Success.
- A book that made me change the way I saw jobs, careers and business: Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad”.
- As an internet entrepreneur myself, I strongly advocate working from home. The world is so much smaller these days, there’s so much to do online, and never has it been so much easier to break free from your 9-to-5 job.
Come back from time to time, share what you will on the topic of empowering others, and tell your friends all about it.
Bloggers of the world, unite, right?