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In the first installment of the Transformers movie, in the ending battle, Megatron says to Optimus Prime,

“You still fight for the weak, that’s why you lose!”

If I was Optimus Prime, I would say, yes. I still fight for the weak. I still fight for the destitute. It is not my tradition, my culture, my religion to give fight for the weak and the destitute.

But I have not lost. In fact, everyday is a victory. For all of us. For over 25 years, the volunteers and donors of the World Partnership Walk have brought hope to over 3 billion people who live on less than two dollars a day. In the recent Montreal Millenium Summit (where Al Gore gave the keynote), stats said that about 50% of people previously living in extreme poverty have made their way up.

We are the hope for the future. Collectively. We are communities of change. Help keep the momentum going. Continue to give hope. Sponsor Me. Join the walk.

Why do I walk? I walk so that the mother who has to traverse over 5 KM to get fresh water for herself and her family, wont have to.

Yes! Today is indeed Blog Action Day. According to http://blogactionday.org/, “Today thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!”

This is phenomenal! Amazing, I say! So here’s what I have to say, and trust me, this might leave you a better person, even if you don’t do anything to eradicate poverty.

Many of us talk about poverty in monetary terms. This is well and good. There needs to be some sort of financial stability to eradicate poverty. But let’s think about it: is monetary poverty the only form of such? I have other ideas.

How do you give, making someone’s life better, at the same time not losing anything of your own. Better yet, how do you give, making someone’s life better, and making something in turn as well? To paraphrase a part of a speech from His Highness, the Prince Karim Aga Khan (founder of the Aga Khan Development Network), knowledge is the only thing that you can give and it won’t decrease. Many people receive aide from foreign countries and welfare institutions, but once this is used up, its done. Perhaps, we may use some of our knowledge and wisdom, provide it to others to live even a quasi-sustainable life, and not only have you not spent money, but you have made someone’s life better by just guiding them the right way.

Think about that. Also think about how Canada has the highest child poverty rate in any of the developed countries. That is a tad bit scary, is it not? Think about working with your local, less fortunate communities, where political oppression and unaccountability has given way to drugs, street crime, gang wars and the like. In the absense of equal representation, I believe, people will resort to violence and its multiple facets to let out frustration and anger. Think about involving them with certain community service to understand that they are not the only one. Provide honorarium, if you can. This might make great changes.

Think about your family. Your parents, your siblings, your children, and so on. Your schedules may not permit you to spend too much time with them. Change this, even if for a day. Let them know that they matter. Let them feel that they don’t lack the love. This will inevitably help them make a change in their lives, know that they have something to look forward to, someone to live for.

I wanted to leave you all with this video, hoping that you may be inspired to cause change:


About the Author…

Born in Karachi, Pakistan in an Adventist hospital, I grew up in a city where on one side I experienced poverty and oppression, while on the other I had the good fortune of Tabish Bhimani being a member of an upper middle-class business family...more...

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