So, what is “One Day’s Wages” and why are they being featured here on the blog? Well, it’s really quite simple.
I believe that we are blessed. We live in a way that literally billions of people in this world will never taste. Something as simple as clean water that flows from a faucet at the flick of a knob is a luxury we take for granted. Flushing toilets, heating and air conditioning, even the electricity we’ve come to assume as natural and an integral part of our lives is not available to hundreds of millions of people. As the world gets smaller, those who are getting left behind are being left behind at a frightening rate.
From the website of “One Day’s Wages”:
- 25,000 children under the age of 5 die each day due to poverty-related causes.
- Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Nearly 900 million people do not have access to clean water.
- Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
So what is One Day’s Wages? First, it is an acknowledgement that when we are blessed, we are to bless others. We can have all the best intentions in the world and feel all the empathy for those who suffer, but if we do not act on our love, we have wasted our affections. The second is the affirmation that in the face of great injustice and suffering, we are not powerless. What little we give can have an enormous impact on the lives of others. We who are blessed have been given such opportunities to live a full life. My work as a photographer and artist is to be a witness to that fullness, beauty, and love in life. But what of those who cannot afford such luxuries? Don’t they deserve to have an opportunity to live a life with fullness, beauty, and love as well?
This is why I chose to partner with One Day’s Wages. The organization challenges us to give just a day of our earned wages to something other than ourselves. They have partnered with different organizations on the ground in many different countries to channel 100% of your (and my) donations to projects that make a difference. In the world of NGOs and non-profits, a 100% rate is simply unheard of. This way, you know your money is going fully and directly to those who need it the most. As a partner of One Day’s Wages, I will be donating a portion of proceeds to them from every wedding I shoot.
Please take a look at the video created by Eugene, my friend and one of the founders of One Day’s Wages. I hope you will also consider rising up to meet the challenge of extreme global poverty, if only by giving humbly and praying for those who are not as blessed as ourselves. Please feel free to visit their website at www.onedayswages.org. I’m honored to partner with them, and hope that you will join me as well!