SEATTLE, Washington — In 2009, Eugene and Minhee Cho decided to donate their entire income of $68,000 to help fight extreme global poverty. This was after they traveled and witnessed the hard truth about poverty with their own eyes, and it was only the beginning. The Cho family wanted to invite others to help the fight. They did not expect everyone to dedicate an entire year’s worth of their income but simply contribute one day. One Day’s Wages was created to raise money that could be shared with other organizations actively participating in poverty-stricken communities.
Their goal is to “partner and collaborate” with these other organizations and individuals in order to fight global poverty, and they’re doing just that. With more than 130 projects, One Day’s Wages covers a wide variety of problems that can help alleviate poverty. Some of the many projects include children’s health and education, emergency Relief, gender-based issues, ending human trafficking and refugee relief.
4 Examples of One Day’s Wages Fighting Global Poverty
- Jeremy Lin: On January 26, 2019, Atlanta Hawks’ Jeremy Lin donated his $167,908 game paycheck to One Day’s Wages. He also gave an additional $100 for every assist through the entire 2018-19 NBA season. This was Lin’s third year donating to the organization. He has given more than $450,000 to help girls and vulnerable children around the globe. After his first year of donating, Lin traveled with Cho to Thailand to learn more about the problems children in poverty are facing. He spent his time recovering from an end of season injury and continuing his campaign to raise money for girls’ empowerment.
- Sahar Education: In June 2019, One Day’s Wages pledged a matching grant of $15,000 to go toward Sahar’s Early Marriage Prevention Program. With their focus in Afghanistan, this program works toward keeping girls in school longer. Sahar Education works with schools and community leaders to educate them on the benefits of keeping girls in school. The organization also works to increase the fathers’ awareness and understanding of the economic gain obtained through having an educated daughter. According to USAID statistics, there is a 15-25 percent increase in wages for an Afghan girl for every additional year she spends in school.
- Zimele: Zimele partnered with One Day’s Wages in September 2019 with a goal is of raising $40,000 by the end of the year. This money will go toward serving 146 orphans and other vulnerable children in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. The year-long program will help educate those ages seven to 21 on body awareness, abuse prevention and helping increase self-esteem. It will also be encouraging the women caring for these children to actively participate in putting an end to the cycle of abuse found in the communities of Msinga, Swayimane and rural Durban.
- Bopoma Villages: In October 2019,One Day’s Wages offered Bopoma Villages a $17,740 matching grant for its work in Zimbabwe. The country is facing its worst famine yet. Nearly have of all child deaths have been a result of hunger. The money raised will go toward families living in extreme poverty, providing tools and training to help improve health, grow food and care for their children. Bopoma trains communities in bio-intensive farming, which helps preserve topsoil and biodiversity to create a sustainable and long-term solution. It is a community-based style of farming that does not require a large amount of space, so it is perfect for smaller struggling areas.
By collaborating with others, One Day’s Wages is able to provide funds to alleviate a wide variety of problems faced by communities in a large range of developing countries. Its impact is huge. The organization is helping tackle poverty head-on simply by encouraging everyday people to give just a single day’s earnings to help those who live on less than a dollar a day.
– Jordan Miller