Today, I am lending my blog and my voice to the 2013 Blog Action day.
Every year since 2007, thousands of bloggers come together for one day to talk about one important issue. Previously bloggers have focused on the issues of Poverty, Water and Climate Change. The 2013 theme is Human Rights.
Thinking about human rights leads me directly to the work I do for Forever Changed International (FCI.) FCI runs an orphanage and missions program in Guatemala. For 2 years now I have been posting their regular blog (on occasion even writing it,) keeping their site and sponsor program updated, managing their email newsletters and social media.
For me it’s obvious that helping orphans is doing work to improve Human Rights. FCI goes beyond that working in ghettos and dump to alleviate the poverty that is rampant in Guatemala. The The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Article 25 says,
- (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
In Guatemala nearly 8 million people live in rural areas and of those, 57% live in poverty, which means that they have a budget of about one dollar a day. On top of that clean water is just not available.
Watch this video to see how FCI is working to bring clean water to the people in Guatemala. Then consider helping them in their effort.