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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At times, we have to say ‘NO’ to good things to say ‘YES’ to the most important things.

We can't do it all.
Pray and choose wisely.
Then invest deeply. May our compassion not just be limited to the West or to those that look like us. Lifting up the people of Iraq, Iran, and Kurdistan in prayer after the 7.3 earthquake - including the many new friends I met on a recent trip to Iraq.

The death toll rises to over 400 and over 7,000 injured in multiple cities and hundreds of villages along the Western border with Iraq.

Lord, in your mercy... We are reminded again and again...that we are Resurrection People living in a Dark Friday world.

It's been a tough, emotional, and painful week - especially as we lament the horrible tragedy of the church shootings at Sutherland Springs. In the midst of this lament, I've been carried by the hope, beauty, and promise of our baptisms last Sunday and the raw and honest testimonies of God's mercy, love, and grace.

Indeed, God is not yet done. May we take heart for Christ has overcome the world. "Without genuine relationships with the poor, we rob them of their dignity and they become mere projects. And God did not intend for anyone to become our projects." Grateful this quote from my book, Overrated, is resonating with so many folks - individuals and  NGOs. / design by @preemptivelove .
May we keep working 
on ourselves 
even as we seek 
to change the world. 
To be about the latter 
without the former 
is the great temptation 
of our times. Minhee and I are filled with gratitude as we reflect on the @onedayswages gala last night. So many friends and guests came to support our work...and of course, our scrappy staff, interns, and board. In 8 years, we've impacted 561,000 people around the world that are living in extreme poverty and vulnerable situations. This year, we are expecting to have our largest investment of grants at $1.3 million! Over the next couple weeks, I'm going to share some of those stories of impact.

But we need your help to keep growing this work. Because our pledge is for 100% of all donations to go directly to our partnerships, we're asking folks from around the world to consider becoming one of core supporters by simply pledging $25/month to support our operations. Go to give.onedayswages.org for more info.

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