When the poor speak for themselves

We need to bridge the digital divide because the people who can best speak for the poor are the poor themselves. What does that look like? Well, meet Eric Sheptock. He advocates for the needs of the homeless in America. Is he some expert or aid worker? Nope. He’s actually homeless himself. He’s able to connect with the world (and has way more fans and friends on Facebook than I do) thanks to a donated laptop and some free wifi.

What struck me the most when I uploaded this video is that so many people leaving comments were actually homeless themselves. Which brings me to another point. When the poor in developing countries start speaking for themselves as easily as you and I are able to upload something to YouTube, you can be sure that some of them might have a thing or two to say about charities which use guilt-based advertising.

1 Response to “When the poor speak for themselves”


  1. 1 Paul Adams

    Thanks for sharing information. By conveying their messages themselves poor can get great help for them…This is really a cool idea..
    help for poor people

  1. 1 The Nexus of Aid Work & Islamic Extremism | The Uncultured Project
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