Eugene Cho

we’re blessed. so let’s bless others.


If you have a birthday coming up at some point in the next 12 month and I really hope that you do, I’d like to share with you about a new ODW initiative called “Causes” which enables anyone to start their own personal cause campaign.

How?

Simply by donating your birthday, working one day for others, creating a group campaign, or even your creative ideas for a cause. [Learn more]

It takes 3 minutes to create your own page and if you don’t believe, this a 6-year-old girl donated her birthday campaign and shattered her personal goal.

Our pledge: 100% of all donations (minus credit card costs), you choose where to invest your campaign, and we’ll prove how these funds will be used.

As we’re blessed in so many ways, these are opportunities to bless others and make a dramatic and global impact.

Will you join us?

Also, we recently celebrated our 6 months anniversary at ODW.  Here are some highlights:

  • We awarded our first grant to a small Community Based Organization (CBO) in the Thailand/Burma border that provides education to over 6,000 migrant students.
  • We surpassed our $100K goal for our Haiti Relief Fund and our partners’ important work in response to the earthquake.
  • We funded our first project, a “Border Outpost” between Nepal and India with one of our partners. This project will help rescue several hundred Nepalese girls from the sex trade.
  • This company was our the first business to partner with us – with the goal of donating $60,000 to ODW and helping provide clean water for 3,000 people over 20 years.
  • This musician was the first artist to partner with us by donating 10% of his new album royalties to join our movement.
  • We just released news of our 1st album compilation in June. 21 artists and 21 songs and all towards the efforts to invest in people and orgs fighting extreme global poverty.

And in case you missed it, here’s our new video: A Movement of People, Stories, and Actions

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  1. Jason says:

    love what you guys have going on

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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. 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.

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