I was devastated when I heard of this poor homeless child in Second Life. He has no home, no plans for ever owning a home, and is accepting donations on various street corners. The economy in must be plummeting, Linden dollars just aren’t going that far anymore.
Honestly, from December 4th on, avatar MensajerosDeLaPaz Jubilee will be accepting donations for a real life cause. The child has no land or property, only some newspaper, a cardboard box, and a sign that reads, “Help a child have a second opportunity in his First Life.” The avatar was created by Mensajeros de la Paz, an organization aimed to create functional homes for children.
“The action is intended to reach out for young people, and ask for help for abandoned and abused children in developing countries in South America and Africa,” says Ana de la Calle, a communications representative of the organization.
“We think Second Life and other forms of new technologies can be a great way to connect with young people and make them a little more conscious about the huge population in the real world needing help, and it doesn’t cost much to guarantee the future of another human being”, says Salvador Dinez, art director of the ad agency ArnoldFuel and one of the designers of the project.
So if you see MensajerosDeLaPaz Jubilee on the virtual streets, and your pockets are weighing you down with fat stacks of pennies, donate to a great cause. Feel that karmic pendulum swing in your direction during the holidays.
Homeless kid in Second Life [Boing-Boing]