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Our Day to End Poverty

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Our Day to End Poverty invites us to look at the twenty-four hours in our very ordinary days and to begin to think about poverty in new and creative ways. The authors offer scores of simple actions anyone can take to help eradicate poverty. Each chapter takes a task we undertake during a typical day and relates it to what we can do to ease the world's suffering. We begin by eating breakfast, so the first chapter focuses on alleviating world hunger. We take the kids to school--what can we do to help make education affordable to all? In the afternoon we check our email--how can we ensure the access to technology that is such an important route out of poverty? The chapters are short and pithy, full of specific facts, resources for learning more, and menus of simple, often fun, and always practical action steps. Anne Frank wrote, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Let's get started. It is our day to end poverty.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Preface
    1. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction: Opening Our Eyes to How We Can End Poverty in Our Day
    1. Opening Our Eyes
    2. A Millennium Dream
    3. An Impossible Dream?
    4. Living the Dream
    5. Looking at the Day Ahead
  7. PART I: Morning
    1. CHAPTER 1: Break the Fast
      1. Wake-up Call
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Getting Off to a Good Start
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    2. CHAPTER 2: Educate Every Child
      1. Promises to Keep
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Learning to Change the World
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    3. CHAPTER 3: Make Work Pay
      1. Another Day, Another Dollar
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Working to End Poverty
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    4. CHAPTER 4: Care for Our Children
      1. At Least One Adult
      2. Building Strong Children
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Showing We Care
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    5. CHAPTER 5: Give All Children Healthy Futures
      1. Growing Commitment to Child Health
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Taking Our Best Shot at Improving Global Health
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    6. CHAPTER 6: Help Produce a Better Harvest
      1. Produce a Great Future
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Digging In
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    7. CHAPTER 7: Consume with Conscience
      1. Let’s Get a Cup of Coffee
      2. Consumption with a Conscience
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Brewing Up a Better World
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    8. CHAPTER 8: Give from the Heart More Thoughts on Giving
      1. Show Me the Money
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Giving Your Best
      4. Actions to Take with Children
      5. Actions Make a Difference
  8. PART II: Afternoon
    1. CHAPTER 9: End Hunger and Malnutrition
      1. What’s for Lunch?
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Taking Action to End Hunger in Our Nation and the World
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    2. CHAPTER 10: Extend the Reach of Technology
      1. Making the Connection
      2. A Network of Mutuality
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Answering the Call
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    3. CHAPTER 11: Expand Access to Microcredit
      1. Saving the World
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Making a Big Difference with Small Change
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    4. CHAPTER 12: Encourage Social Entrepreneurship
      1. Aiming High
      2. Thinking Outside the Box
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Turning Dreams into Reality
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    5. CHAPTER 13: Ensure Health Care for All
      1. Health. Care.
      2. A Prescription for Change
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Healing a Hurting World
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    6. CHAPTER 14: Provide Housing
      1. There’s No Place Like Home
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Opening Hearts, Minds, and Doors
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    7. CHAPTER 15: Call for Debt Relief
      1. Forgive Us Our Debts…
      2. ...As We Forgive Our Debtors
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Relieving the Burden of Debt
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    8. CHAPTER 16: Serve with Satisfaction More Thoughts on Volunteering
      1. Time to Act
      2. Elements of Community Service
      3. No Time Like the Present
      4. Imagine This…
      5. Reflecting on Your Gifts for and Interest in Service
      6. Engaging in Service with Others
      7. Supporting Service Learning
      8. Expanding the Scope of Your Service Commitment
      9. Actions Make a Difference
  9. PART III: Evening
    1. CHAPTER 17: Extend Hospitality and Create Community
      1. A Place at the Table
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Making Sure Everyone Has a Place at the Table
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    2. CHAPTER 18: Spread Literacy
      1. Once Upon a Time
      2. And They All Lived Happily Ever After
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Helping Others Start a New Chapter in Their Lives
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    3. CHAPTER 19: Improve Transportation Options
      1. How Do You Fare?
      2. What’s Fair?
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Getting Things Moving
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    4. CHAPTER 20: Travel with a Purpose
      1. Wish You Were Here
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Actions Make a Difference
    5. CHAPTER 21: Save the Lives of Mothers and Newborns
      1. Healthy Beginnings
      2. A Good Start
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Undertaking a Labor of Love
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    6. CHAPTER 22: Improve Access to Clean Water
      1. More Than fust a Drop in the Bucket
      2. Pouring Ourselves into Making a Difference
      3. Imagine This…
      4. Tapping into Our Commitment
      5. Actions Make a Difference
    7. CHAPTER 23: Increase International Development Aid
      1. Small Change
      2. Imagine This…
      3. Making Change
      4. Actions Make a Difference
    8. CHAPTER 24: Speak Up for Justice More Thoughts on Advocacy
      1. You Have a Voice
      2. Tips for Writing a Letter to Elected Officials or Other Decision-makers
      3. Make Your Voice Heard
      4. Imagine This…
      5. Joining Others for Justice
      6. Actions Make a Difference
    9. Conclusion Dream of a Bright Tomorrow
      1. Bright Tomorrows
  10. Resources
    1. How to Use This Book with Others
    2. Our Day to End Poverty: Guide for Schools
    3. Our Day to End Poverty: Guide for the Workplace
    4. Our Day to End Poverty: Guide for Places of Worship
  11. Index
  12. About the Book Team
    1. Team Profiles
    2. Criterion Ventures: Joy Anderson, Founder and President Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director
  13. About Berrett-Koehler Publishers
    1. A BK Currents Book
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