Poverty


I’m sitting here at work, the day after the 4th of July, and I’m pondering a few things.  I hate when that happens as it doesn’t happen often.  But here I sit in my office at the college with absolutely nothing going on but our usual rain soaking.  Nothing is going on because we are normally closed on Fridays during the summer months and since the 4th fell on Wednesday this year just about everyone took today off (silly me).  So here I sit, drinking my green tea and reading blog after blog.  And pondering.  Pondering is an actual word meaning, among other things, to “chew over, think over, meditate, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, or speculate.”  The root word, as far as I can tell, was probably taken from Ponder Texas, which isn’t that far from here and has a population of 507.  With a population that small I’m guessing there’s not that much to do but ruminate.  I always thought that ruminate was something Captain Jack Sparrow would do quite often after a night of frolic and rum, but it’s not – it means to ponder. (more…)

There’s a new link on my sidebar, check it out.

Here’s what it means in Amber’s own words:

I’ve had this dream for a while, and it has partially came true. When we first started going to Pine Ridge I really felt strongly that we needed to provide a backpack filled with school supplies to each child in the village we visit. This will be our 4th year in doing that and it is always one of the highlights of the trip. Last year one of the little boys squealed “Cool, there’s the backpack truck” when he saw the Ryder truck parked in front of the church.

That is all well and good and we will continue to do that, BUT, I really would like to expand the project. I would love to take backpacks to Wounded Knee and to the main village on the Reservation, Pine Ridge. (all are on the rez) The problem with that is – money. It costs about $15 per child for a backpack filled with school supplies. We usually buy 150 for the village of Allen where we go each year. That’s $2,250.00 each year. To expand this outreach it would take 3 – 4 times that amount.

So I’ve been wrestling… trying to figure out HOW to make this happen. I’ve even considered contacting Oprah. She apparently knows how to move people. I’ve checked into getting corporate sponsors. They all seem to have their pet programs already in place. So, I’m not sure where to go or what to do. But I can do one thing. I can put it out there on the Internet for anyone who feels inclined to help provide children on the rez much needed school supplies. I’ve made a new site that explains it a bit and I’ll just see where this goes. I would humbly ask my readers to consider putting a link to that page on your site. You can email me at amberburiff@aol.com and I’ll send you the image code that you can paste into your sidebar. Really, just anything you can do to help me get the word out. Maybe corproations will not help but I believe there are good people who would like to help the needy kids on the rez get an education.

God is always before us.

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I’ve taken a cue from Amber, and I’m just pointing out some new links (and some old ones):

  • A couple of my friends have started blogging. Smitty is Crockpot Faith and Shelly is Evidence of Faith. Stop by and say hello.
  • I’ve also added a new page: Blood:Water Mission which was started by Jars of Clay. As they say: “Blood:Water Mission exists to promote clean blood and clean water efforts in Africa, tangibly reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic while addressing the underlying issues of poverty, injustice and oppression.” HT:Amber
  • Of course there is still WaterAid, WorldVision, and the ONE Campaign to make poverty history.

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Blair urges more action on G8 poverty promises

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