Eugene Cho

one day’s wages in the new york times!

One Day's Wages in the New York Times

One Day’s Wages is in the New York Times today in an article entitled New Fame for the Everyday Donor (or click the photo from the NY Times article above). Needless to say, the entire ODW team is excited about the great support and press coverage we’ve received recently including another article in the Seattle Times last week.

But really, I’m humbled by the grace that God has shown me, my family, our ministry, and now the work we’re doing through One Day’s Wages.

The movement begins with you as you choose to invest your one day’s wages. Then another and then another. Can you imagine if 10,000 people gave their one day’s wages each year for the next 40 years? How about 100,000 people? You choose where to invest your donation and 100% (minus transaction costs) go to the specific projects you choose.

Can you sense that this can really grow to be a movement?

Help us spread the word via your blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. In case you haven’t seen our intro video:

Thanks so much for your support, prayers, and encouragement. We can’t do this without you. Please help spread the movement. It takes a few clicks.

  1. Create an account on our website.
  2. Make a donation. Calculate your day’s wages or give another amount.
  3. Be a fan on Facebook and share the Page on your profile.
  4. Share our story: parties, blogs, email, facebook, twitter, etc.
  5. Be creative: ____________.  Like the Harvard professor.

** This might be a great time to plug the kind folks that helped design and create that beautiful shirt:

Both of these folks above (wife/husband combo) do great work. And our logo was designed by Justin Pae (no professional website).

T-shirts are $15 (pickup) and $20 (mailed). They’ll soon be available on our website for purchase or you can also swing by our office in Fremont, Seattle (address on the website)

photo credit: Stuart Isett of the NY Times

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7 Responses

  1. Good job! I’m excited for the press and for what’s to come!

  2. Thomas says:

    Great job, Eugene.

    You, Minhee,and your family have gone through so much this past year. You have been faithful and God is honoring your hearts.

    I’ll be donating my one day’s wages before Thanksgiving.

  3. Tony says:

    Wow, that is awesome! How exciting!

  4. jon says:

    That is amazing, and fantastic coverage. Congrats!

  5. Great article, Eugene! ODW definitely deserved some coverage, especially with all the great work that the organization is doing. Fantastic job!

  6. Pete Wilson says:

    So proud of you and what God is doing through you!

  7. […] sources have been fascinated by you, me, and our collective effort to start this movement. The NY Times article was about “the everyday […]

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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. I have to remind myself of this every day...because I can forget every day:

Don't be lazy and make assumptions about people. Ask about their story. Then listen. Be humble. Be teachable. Be human. Be a good neighbor. It's a sad reality but our society runs on the currency of fear. Don't feed into this frenzy.

Rather, invest in faith, hope, and love.

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