back in january pam and i “adopted” two lsu students from india. we have sam and bajji over to the house every so often and go and do things with them every now and then. they’re allot of fun and we both love learning about india from them. last night they wanted to cook an authentic indian meal for us. they came over to the house and made chicken curry, some type of flat bread, eggs scrambled, and a few other snacks. even though our kids didn’t think much of the meal pam and i thought it was amazing.
sunday sam and bajji are setting up a cricket game to teach me how to play. i’ve always wanted to play but simply can’t figure out the rules. i’ve read the bbc’s description of the rules and it still doesn’t make any sense to me. sam and bajji say that you have to play to understand the game and thus they’re going to teach me sunday afternoon. i can’t wait.
the ONE campaign is the u.s. version of “make poverty history” (which is the u.k. version of the ONE campaign). basically this is a grassroots effort to push our government for fighting for economic justice concerning the poorest of the poor within our world. this translates to the u.s. government moving towards an additional one percent of it’s budget (roughly 25 billion) being directed towards helping honest governments overcome extreme poverty and health issues and using legal means to fight against the corpution in other governments that diverts resources away from these needs.
here’s what an additional one percent of the use budget would be able to do:
- help prevent 10 million children from becoming AIDS orphans
- help get 104 million children into grade school.
- help provide water to almost 900 million people around the globe.
- save almost 6.5 million children under 5 from dying of diseases that could be prevented with low-cost measures like vaccination or a well for clean water.
pretty impressive what an additional one percent will do huh?
the irony is that the u.s. and the other g8 countries have already agreed to the u.n. millenium goals that are behind the ONE campaign’s desire. the “millenium goals” were setup with the u.n. to cut extreme poverty in half by the year 2015. the problem is that we are all way behind on reaching these goals.
so here’s why i’m writing this.
first, to encourgae you to commit yourself toward making your “one” voice be heard. “one’ voice can make allot of difference when it is combined with many other voices for the same purpose. you can sign the ONE campaign pledge by clicking here. our government follows what is important to the people. if enough of us tell our respresenatives that eliminating extreme poverty is important to us then it will become important to them.
- secondly, help me in considering the possiblity of hosting a “ONE campaign” event at our church or in baton rouge. i have been in contact with the southern united states coordinator of the ONE campaign concerning such an event and she has expressed interested in doing something here. if we do one i will need everyone’s help that i can get.
i was standing in front of the vending machines in the church family life center foyer and i found hooters potato chips in the church vending machines. what’s up with that? i think it’s pretty funny.
i actually have strange feelings on hooters:
- first, i don’t see what the big deal is. i mean really, you can see much more revealing attire on the street.
- second, if i had a daughter i would never want her to work at hooters because the restaurant is advertising her like a piece of meat. the thought of a human being being treated as nothing more than an object to be gawked at is abhorrent to me.
so basically , while i think the restaurant is no big deal i still think the idea of treating women as objects is awful.