Eugene Cho

happy birthday to me & one day’s wages

Bam. Just like that, I am now 39 years old. Still looking young albeit with two dysfunctional Achilles.  Since it’s my birthday today, I’m cashing in your graces and all those favors and ask that you not only read this blog entry but take 5 minutes to help spread the word about One Day’s Wages.

As most of you know, my wife and I and a small but growing group of team members are excited to announce the launch of One Day’s Wages – an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty. There are approximately 1.4 billion people living in extreme global poverty (those who live on less than US$1.25/day).

Here are 4 simple ways you can help:

1. Visit the website and create an account.

2. Think about making a donation. Calculate your day’s wages on the website or make another donation. You can choose to invest in one of the organizations/projects highlighted on the website.  I know some of you are sick of hearing about it but we’re not asking you to do something we’re not willing to do ourselves. We’ve chosen to donate our 2009 salary to the fight against extreme global poverty and invite you to join us by donating one days’ wages = approximately 0.4% of your annual salary.  100% of your donations (minus transaction costs) go directly to projects.

3. Be a FAN on Facebook.

4. Spread the word. Use the tools on our website to spread the movement with your friends and network. You can follow us on Twitter.

We know that the issues are very complex but it’s also very simple:

It shouldn’t be this way and doesn’t have to be this way. The world has the capacity to end extreme global povert.

The good news is that there are individuals and orgs that are doing some wonderful work. Our goal isn’t to re-invent the wheel but rather to partner and collaborate.

You in?

With gratitude,
eugene, minhee, & the ODW team

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5 Responses

  1. charlestlee says:

    Happy Birthday Eugene!

  2. Young Lee says:

    Congratulations on the launch of OneDaysWages! We will be following along… Oh, and Happy B-Day!

  3. georgesong says:

    happy belated bday and congrats, pe + family. we’ll continue to follow and spread the word!

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"He must become greater; I must become less." - John 3:30 We have to remind ourselves of this truth every day lest we forget:

Our greatest calling as followers of Christ is to be faithful. Not spectacular. Not glamorous. Not popular. Not relevant.

Be faithful.

PS: Also, it helps to get some Vitamin D especially if you live in the rainy Northwest Thank you, Brooklyn, for the reminder. Umm, @jlin7 is a Christian but he wasn't very Christlike with me on the basketball court. He muscled me into the paint, dunked on me, mentioned my momma, and then said, "Stick with preaching." Just kidding. Kind of.

If you haven't heard, Jeremy Lin is donating his one games wages (approximately $140,000) and an additional $100 for every 3 pointer made to support Girls' Empowerment and Education through @onedayswages. That game is this Friday vs the Boston Celtics!

Join his campaign as he's inviting his fans to donate just $7. - http://onedayswages.org/jlin

Did you know that 32 million girls of lower secondary school age are not enrolled in school.

Did you know that every year of secondary school increases a girl’s future earning power by 20 percent.

Did you know that if all girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and West Asia had a secondary education, child marriage would fall by 64 percent.

We can't change the entire world but we can impact the lives of one, few, and in some cases...many.

#jeremylin #jlin #linsanity #onedayswages Don't be held captive to either praise or criticism.

Know who you are.
Know what you're about.
Know WHO you serve.

The answer to who you serve makes all the difference... It's the day after International Women's Day - and it's still important to celebrate the contribution of women in our lives, society, and world. As we honor women all around the world, I'm also reminded of how women and children are those who are most deeply impacted by injustice - especially poverty.

Sadly, I have witnessed this reality in too many places. ​In 2012, I traveled to a remote area in Eastern Kenya as part of a @onedayswages response to a famine that struck the Horn of Africa region. This famine impacted nearly 13 million people and according to some sources, took the lives of about 250,000 people. During my trip there, I had the chance of meeting many people but the person that still remains in my memory was a Muslim woman named Sahara.

She was so hospitable in inviting us to her small and temporary home. During our conversation, I learned that ​Sahara traveled 300 kilometers (a little under 200 miles) – some by cart and some by foot – as they sought to escape the worst drought that has impacted East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) in the past 60 years.

This is not a misprint.
200.

She traveled about 200 miles on cart and foot. ​And all along, she was ill. If you look closely ​at the photo, you might notice the large lump in her throat - likely a large cancerous tumor.​ She did not travel alone. She traveled with her husband who I was not able to meet because he was staying with one of his five other wives in this polygamist community.  She did not travel alone. She also traveled with her six children – the youngest being about 1 and the oldest being around 8. She had just given birth to her sixth child when they began her journey. Her youngest was severely malnourished when they arrived to this new settlement in a town called Benane. 
Sahara and her children all survived this journey. They survived because she persisted. 
In honor of Sahara...and so many other women who keep...keeping on.

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