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Minhee and Eugene Cho

Thanks for reading this and giving us the opportunity to share a glimpse of who we are and our vision for One Day's Wages.

We're an "average family." We live in Seattle. We fell in love and married in 1997 and have three young children. We're neither poor nor rich; simply a middle class family with privilege because we know that we have so many opportunities that many in the world do not have. 

We've always known of the disparity in the world; always knew the statistics.  In fact, we've memorized them and know the numbers by heart. But it was traveling to a few places and seeing with our own eyes the faces, stories, children, and families behind the numbers that "wrecked" our lives. It was seeing organizations and women, men, and children doing amazing and arduous work to uplift themselves out of poverty--if only given respect, dignity, and opportunities. It's by far more complex but it's also very simple:

It shouldn't be this way and doesn't have to be this way. We have the capacity to end extreme global poverty.

These are some of the reasons that compelled us take a step further, make some life decisions and start One Day's Wages. We made a decision to donate our 2009 income ($68,000) to the cause of fighting extreme global poverty. But we didn't want to stop there. We also wanted to invite our family, friends, and the rest of the world to consider donating just their "one day's wages" and be part of this global grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions. And then to renew that pledge monthly, quarterly, or at least yearly, on their birthdays.

While we've received our share of questions and criticisms, we decided to make our donation public, not because we wanted attention or pats on our back, but to let people know that

we are not asking others to do something we aren't willing to do ourselves.

Over the next five years, our pledge is to donate additional funds to ODW to honor our initial public total pledge of $100,000.

Money isn't the solution--at least not by itself. The greatest resources are people.  Our voices matter. Our donations do make an impact when invested properly through organizations that are transparent, efficient, and strategic in not creating dependency but rather, creating opportunities and empowerment. Our pledge is that 100% of all your donations towards projects (minus credit card fees) go directly to projects and organizations doing amazing work to fight gobal poverty. Your donation doesn't have to be through ODW...we don't care. We just want to remind you that you can make a difference.

Our goal is not to re-invent the wheel. There are some incredible organizations and individuals doing amazing work; our goal is to partner and collaborate.  We are certainly not the first and thankfully, we are not the last to care about these issues.

Thanks for inspiring us and joining the ODW movement.

With gratitude,

Eugene & Minhee Cho (+ our three children)
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