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Why I joined Club Asteria
It's Monday today.
I am going to write something different with this new post, something that I hope could give some enlightenment to my readers out there. I know that many would just go, 'Pfft .. just another advertisement!', or, 'OMG, she's gone serious! She definitely needs help, here!' etc. But no, this is deeper than that. This is about helping the poor to help themselves. Surely something that make ME go 'Hmmm ...', :)) so here goes.
I was browsing the net one day on late January 2011 and came across this powerful blog written by a very well known persona, Andrea Lucas, an ex-Director of the World Bank. As the field of philanthropy occupies the top of my interest, I read on till the end:
Hi, I’m Andrea Lucas, Managing Director of Club-Asteria. Club-Asteria is an online global membership organization that provides education, business opportunities, e-commerce and innovative programs to empower our members. Please visit our site at Club Asteria to learn about our programs and services and our goals for the future and read about our philanthropic activities in the News. I have now started the series of blogs so I can share my views and experiences with all of my family and friends and the extended community of people that are interested in global affairs. Everything in my life that I have lived through – both good and bad, has brought me to this moment in time. I now have the ability to contribute to some of society’s most critical and pressing issues – the plight of hundreds of millions of people that still live in poverty despite the advances in our social network and technology. Human beings just like you and I who don’t enjoy the simple advantages of clean drinking water, reliable electricity, adequate shelter, the simplest of health care, food and education. As I have traveled the world in my position in the financial community I have experienced first- hand this injustice and tragedy of humanity. My life today is dedicated to not only sharing the plight of these undeserved people of the world but more importantly to serve as a catalyst of change to truly benefit their individual lives. I hope that you will enjoy reading about my many experiences and the people I meet and can lend support to. My blogs will touch on a variety of subjects, from e-commerce to financial support to philanthropic assistance to most importantly, education that can benefit each of the individuals and families that we are seeking to help.
Interested to know more? Click here to read some of her posts (go to Blog):
1. Women in Bengal Find A Way
2. On Good Guys and Their Housekeepers
3. Microfinance Empowering Afghani Women
4. More Microfinance Coming to Thailand
5. Women in Business
"The bottom line is that many global economies are struggling. Hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to live in hunger and poverty while waiting for financial aid. The world needs better options for the impoverished. We live in a special moment in time, a time of dramatic change, especially because of the rapid change in technology. We need to focus attention on what the poor of the world need, what capabilities and assets they might lack. The upside result, the ripple effect, of helping individuals is that it brings about positive change in the local communities and even their countries towards the development of stronger economies."
I was truly touched by her noble intention and by establishing Club Asteria, I believe Andrea has started something big, something that will give needy families a chance for financial relief and stability. Started in 2010, the membership has grown to over 160,000 plus members and still growing!
'If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you give him a fishing rod, you feed him for a lifetime'
If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
Poverty is a global issue, and I'm doing my itsy-bitsy part to do something about it - I became a Gold Member since Feb. 1, 2011! :)
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