In 2009, Eugene Cho and his family decided to donate their entire 2009 salary to help fight extreme global poverty. The Cho family is not wealthy. Eugene is a pastor, and he supports his wife and three children. They are a regular family working to get by, however they recognized the fact that a family with a middle-class income can make a big difference in the world.
This is the creation story of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. While not everyone can donate an entire year’s salary, ODW encourages people to donate what they earn in just one day – just 0.4% of their annual salary – to help those in dire need of financial support.
Eugene and his team at One Day’s Wages have partnered with reputable, on-site relief organizations to support specific projects that help those in need. ODW has already fully funded several special projects, including partner projects with Nuru and HEAL Africa. One recent project ODW is currently funding is with Eden Reforestation Projects, and organization committed to planting 200,000 trees in Ethiopia and rejuvenating barren land to create jobs for local residents there.
Changes aren’t just happening in foreign countries though. Businesses and individuals here in the US are joining the ODW movement and coming up with their own creative ways to raise money for ODW partner projects. MiiR has agreed to donate $1 to ODW for every customizable, stylish water bottle sold. Angie Gerlach raised over $1200 to shave her head in support of ODW’s partnership with Krochet Kids. A couple from British Columbia is even raising money for ODW instead of asking for gifts for their wedding this summer.
The ODW Movement is growing, and you are encouraged to participate. You can donate your birthday, purchase ODW’s first compilation album or even come up with your own fundraising idea to help those in need. ODW relies on modest donations from individuals, because even a small amount of money can make a big difference. $20 can provide a family with clean water for 20 years. $45 can send a child to school. $125 can equip a woman with a sewing machine and training.
To hear Eugene Cho share his inspiration and vision for ODW, please view this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoEBr65YZ4Q