Can You Live A Purposeful Life In Poverty?

Imagine if:

  • Your life purpose was getting clean water for your children to drink that day.
  • Living with abundance meant having a plate of food and not just scraps.
  • Manifesting your dreams included having a roof over your head.

What if you had nothing,  and had to scrape by every day, worried about necessities like food and water and housing?  Most people in extreme poverty do  not have the luxury to think about a life purpose –  other than how to stay alive.  That is their purpose. Food, Water, Shelter.

Imagine if you were without even a drop of water to drink or food to eat that day. What if you had to haul water for miles every morning?

Last summer when I was in a drought we conserved water.  I didn’t run the dishwasher unless it was packed full, and we took quick showers every other day and never let the water run while brushing teeth.  Our family was very aware that even in our conservation mode we are the luckiest people on earth to have the option to turn the faucet on when we are thirsty.

How would you motivate yourself to live a better life; think about personal growth, self development, growing your business or your blog when your stomach is empty?

Heifer, a great organization that teaches people to farm, grow food and create a sustainable lifestyle helps people get out of extreme poverty by teaching and mentoring. And it seems to work. Many who have been through their program can now dream a bit bigger and ask themselves what a next step might be:

  • Perhaps I can sell a few eggs
  • Maybe my child can go to school
  • I could start a small business in my village

Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.self-reliance

Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.

And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.

How is this possible?

With Heifer’s proven approach – almost 60 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.

Children who were once scavenging trash can now focus on their strengths.

Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.

Who knows where reading will lead them. Maybe one of these children will find purpose in medicine, science or inspiring another generation as a teacher.

Families can sell eggs, start small businesses, grow their dreams one little step at a time. Just like most of us.

Today is Blog Action Day. A day to help. Give Back. Support others to live a life of their dreams.

What if part of your life purpose was to support others to move out of poverty, so they could think about their next step.

What if you could help?

Here are three things you can do to help poverty and give others a chance to move forward in their purpose while you are living yours.

1. Educate yourself

Read about poverty, how it effects all of us and how we each can help.

2. Have fun in the process
Watch this video from Dan Zane and dance around your kitchen with your children:’

3. Donate

Anywhere  you choose,  of your time,  talent and money.  We like Heifer .org and we are also supporting Aviana, (who’s hair is growing back) .  She is still collecting money to build a school in Uganda through the Just Like My Child –

(http://www.justlikemychild.com/get-involved/our-fundraising-heroes/fundraising-hero-aviana-reyes.html)

4. Speak out

Leave your comment below, link to this post, write your own article, call in to radio shows, tell your friends.  Speak!

5. Buy

For every Life Purpose Course you purchase from us today we’ll donate $25.00 to Heifer.org and buy some goats, chicken and water systems to support others.

Shop at Buy for Charity, and a portion of your money goes to help others.

So, today, just one day, give, speak out, do something and lets end poverty together. One Blog Post At a Time.

This post is inspired by Blog Action Day, and Vicky at Remarkable Parents who is tirelessly working to help the cause.

A Few other posts about poverty inspired by Blog Action Day:
Human Trafficking on Mid Life Mommy by Born2Fly.org
Yvonne at Outrageous Gardens wrote on Conscious Destiny.com

Vicky at Remarkable Parents

Todd at The Broad Brush

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