Blog Action Day: Fighting poverty with education

So when I first heard about today’s Blog Action Day topic, I must admit, I mocked it. What is a blog post going to do to fight poverty, anyway? The very idea seems to taunt the people it’s meant to help.

So, following on my boss’s lead, I’ll be donating to a cause designed to help people suffering in poverty. This particular organization provides loans for people in developing countries and areas who are seeking education to further themselves. The loans carry minimal interest and are repaid into the fund once the recipient has graduated and found gainful employment. The Perpetual Education Fund then loans that money to another recipient.

The PEF was established by the LDS Church in 2001 and has already seen success around the world.

You can donate to the PEF too through LDS Philanthropies.

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6 responses to “Blog Action Day: Fighting poverty with education”

  1. Mike Panic says:

    I’m glad you actually took part today, I did it last year and again this year, and trust me, it makes a difference. It’s barely half way through the day and Google Blogsearch is already showing well ove 127,000 articles on “Blog Action Day.”

    Also, really nice to see you are donating money to an organization that will loan the money, rather than just give it out. We can’t help those who don’t want to be helped.

  2. kouji haiku says:

    cool. reminds me of kiva.

    i love kiva. :) am currently unable to make a donation though, so i put up its banner on my blog, as well as that of freerice (rice donation via gameplay) and goodsearch (donation per search).

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

  3. Alex says:

    Great post, cannot agree more, I myself wrote one at: and the action has not stopped. Would you share your thoughts by a comment there as well?

  4. Summer says:

    My mom works for LDS Philanthropies. She’s amazed at the generosity of donors who give so much time and again.

  5. cheritycall says:

    Hello, Give something for help those hungry people in Africa and India,
    I created this blog about them:

  6. rl says:

    I think using with LDS philanthropies as the designated recipient is an easy way to generate money for the philanthropic arm of the church. I hope it catches on…

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