In 2010, four college students decided to do something amazing. They spent their summer living in a rural community in Guatemala on $1 a day. The percentage of people living below the poverty line, or on less than $1.25 in 2008 was 22%. That's 1.29 billion people. These college students set out to Guatemala with the purpose of discovering what it is truly like to live along the poverty line. Their experiences were collected in a documentary called "Living on One". You can watch the trailer below:
What these men did is particularly meaningful to me because of the time I spent in Guatemala and the people that I met there. The people living in rural Guatemala suffer from a lack of education, malnutrition, and water-born illnesses everyday because of their struggle with poverty. They are also amazingly friendly, generous, and hardworking. The message of "Living on One" is incredible and so inspiring! If you want to learn more about "Living on One", check out their website. Take action by spreading their message and even by supporting their microloan projects in Guatemala.
Today, I came across an organization that I think is doing a wonderful job of loving anonymously. I can't count the number of times I've been caught in the rain without an umbrella. Unpredictable rainstorms are pretty common where I'm from, and it's never fun walking to class or sprinting to my car while trying to avoid getting drenched! That's why I love Here You Go.
Here You Go is a community project that originated in Pittsburgh. During rainstorms, they hand out yellow umbrellas to anyone who needs one. In return, all they ask is that the person who receives the umbrella does something nice for someone else. What's really cool is that they attach a postcard to each umbrella, and the people that receive the umbrellas can mail back the postcard saying what good deed they paid forward! If you check out the website for Here You Go, you can read some of the postcards that have been mailed back. Doing kindness to spread kindness; such a sweet idea! You can even become a partner if you'd like!
If you know any people, blogs, websites, or organizations doing good, please contact me!