These past few days have been very exciting; reading your blogs and thinking about the situation the world is in made me want to learn more. I wanted to know how I could help further, but on my own budget.
I googled home projects to help poverty and all it came up with was charitable organizations, and expensive power generators. I'm not cheap, but I'm low on cash, so I wanted to find cheap, simple DIY projects to help with this situation. My search was fruitless.
What I want to know is why is it harder to help other people by yourself, instead of with a credit card? To me, everyone should be able to pitch in, and if a simple google search doesn't provide any tips on how to go about it, what else can we try?
If you want to help the world's poorest and don't have much money, probably the most effective way to do so is to donate a little money. (Well, the most effective way that doesn't involve physically relocating yourself to where some of the world's poorest are.) That's not to say that there's nothing to be done in your area to fight poverty with DIY projects. But I'd recommend talking to people first, doing research online second.
What do the poor people in your area value most? (You can probably guess some things, but user values studies are often surprising, in my experience.) How do current systems mesh with those values, where are the gaps? Brainstorm on that topic, then you'll have something more specific than "fight poverty" to research.