Sunday, February 28, 2010

Passions Revealed

Jack and Aye at Got Passport:  Will Travel, We'll Serve, are encouraging their followers to create a Passion Board to "DISCOVER and UNLEASH your PASSION through ART and CREATIVITY."  For some reason this challenge resonated with me and within minutes I started the project and within a couple of hours I completed the project. 

What does this have to do with the Power of Only One? 
I rummaged through the piles of magazines and family pictures, cutting out words and images.  As I arranged these onto the canvas, I saw of  pieces of my heart and soul and my story-path began to unfold.  It revealed where I had been and those who have helped me to get there.  I can see where I am now, yet, it is clear where my spirit longs to be.  I experienced a "Moment of Conversion."  

I have always loved studying Africa and it's people,  diverse cultures and rich history.  I have been asked often, "Why do you love Africa so much?"  The only way I can explain it is that whenever I talk about Africa or study it, I hear the voice of God.  I was not born in Africa, nor is any of my family from Africa.  I am not even African-American.  I should have no connection to this continent, but I am called to it.  Called to come and to help bring change, called to make a difference there.

For nearly a decade, I have been talking about how I could help the people of this continent.  I have brainstormed and designed programs in my heard to make a difference.  I have talked to my family and friends about what I could do as just one person.  But it was always talk, until January 1 of this year.  This year I fell into my "Moment of Conversion."  This year I started the Power of Only One, armed with the hope and desire to bring change to the world, change for Africa, one post at a time.

Literally, the heart of my Passion Board is Africa.  It is surrounded by my past, my present, and the future for which I hope.  One day, Africa will be both my destination and my destiny.  I will be ready because of the love of my family, past travel experiences and the lessons learned along the way, as well as the the hopes I carry in my heart for the future.

How strange that a blog challenge, an simple little art experiment, helped me to see to see my own life's story and the passions I hold dear to my heart. 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chile Needs Our Help, Our Thoughts, Our Prayers

COPIED from USA Today. (Chile earthquake: How you can help and stay safe from tsunamis)

Several international disaster relief organizations have already begun mobilizing resources for the earthquake-stricken region. Here are a few that have already launched campaigns for Chile:

AmeriCares is sending medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Chile. Go here to make a donation to support these efforts.

The American Red Cross has already pledged $50,000 in aid for Chile and tsunami preparedness. You can make a donation through the American Red Cross' International Response Fund, and it will be allocated specifically for Chile relief efforts.

Habitat for Humanity is also seeking donations for Chile rebuilding efforts;
The Salvation Army is also sending personnel and supplies to assist in the relief effort and is in need of donations.

Samaritan's Purse, the international aid and development group headed by Rev. Franklin Graham, is working to help.

Save The Children is sending an emergency assessment team to Chile and is asking for donations to its Children's Emergency Fund to aid these efforts.

World Vision, a Christian humanitarian charity organization, is also working to help children and families devastated by the quake. To learn more about its efforts and to donate, visit itsr website.

Texting to help
Text CHILE to 25383 to donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity
To follow relief efforts and opportunities for aid, you can also follow the Red Cross on Twitter.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Dinner for A Dollar

Half of the world lives on less than $2 a day.  I spend more than $2 on a frivilous "skinny" latte whenever the whim hits.  Half the world lives on $730 a year.  I spend more on my rent in a single month. 

On Monday, I generated a list of things people can do to help fight world hunger.  One of the items on the list I found quite helpful.  I read that sending Tweets about world hunger to educate followers in an effective and easy tool to get the out word about world hunger.  I Tweet, as in nearly 6500 of them in the past year.  So Tweet I shall to help spread the message.

However, one suggestion on the list has haunted me all week.  One website suggested people make a dinner for $1 and invite friends over.  Explain to them that many people must meet the challenge of inexpensive meals to feed the family every day.  I started to think, "What would I or COULD I make for a group of 4-6 for just a $1.  I don't know why, but this challenge has been picking away at my brain all week.  I think I am actually going to try this meet this challenge:  Make a meal for $1 and invite friends over to share the meal and to share the lesson. 

Here is the meal I planned

Pot of ramen noodles (3packages @ .15 cents each) = .45 cents
Cornbread muffins (1 packages Jiffy that makes 6 muffins) =.33 cents
1/2 milk & 1 egg for cornbread = .20 cents

WOW!  Can you imagine?!  Each person gets ONE cornbread muffin and a small bowl of meatless ramen noodles.  I can't describe just how in shock I am right now after trying to plan the menu.  This would only be a challenge to enlighten me and a small group of friends.  This is the reality for millions of mothers and fathers every day, every meal.  What are your thoughts? How do you feel?

I feel selfish. wasteful. fat. greedy. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."

--Mother Teresa

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Click & Give!

Go here.  Click on a button and give food to those in need. 

It's that easy? What?  Click and give?  That's It? 


When you visit The Hunger Site, all you have to do is follow these 2-3 easy steps.
  1. Click on the button that reads, "Click Here to Give...".
  2. For each click, sponsors pay for food by the cup to feed the hungry. 100% goes to charity.
  3. If you want to give more, shop the store. 
According to the site:

Charity Partners of The Hunger Site

"The Hunger Site is proud to be partners with three leading charities that are working hard to end hunger and poverty. Mercy Corps , Feeding America , and Millennium Promise build on your efforts by providing food and resources to those suffering from hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

When you click daily, the money generated by our site sponsors goes directly to these outstanding organizations to further their efforts in the ongoing battle against hunger. Below is just a small example of how funds from your daily click are helping real people, both in the U.S. and worldwide."

Monday, February 22, 2010

You Have the Power to Make a Difference

Maybe you are sitting there wondering, "What possibly can I do to help end world hunger? There are 1 billion hungry people in the world and I am only one person.  Surely there is nothing I can do that will really help."  Here are some simple steps that you can take right now, all of which bring us one step closer to eradicating world hunger.

  • Advocate for food security as a basic human right.
  • Go here and take the Hunger Quiz to test your knowledge about world hunger and the World Food Programme.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local news paper sharing how you feel about world hunger and explain just how much it matters that the United States get involved and join the fight.
  • Write a letter to your representative, demanding that our country be involved in and committed to finding solutions to world hunger.  Encourage our government to invest in grassroots programs that promote micro-finance solutions and sustainable agriculture.
  • Support micro-finance solutions by going to, learn about the program, make a small loan to a entrepreneur, and empower a woman to raise herself and her family out of poverty.
  • Buy Fair Trade products such as coffee, clothing, and home decor.
  • Eat less meat.  Each pound of meat requires 16 pounds of grains.
  • Become a Facebook fan for the World Food Programme (WFP).
  • Tweet hunger facts.
  • Play  Sponsors donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer on this educational sight.  Have fun.  Learn something.  Feed the world.
  • Make a meal for only $1.  Invite someone over and explain that the meal that only cost $1 is the reality for many people across the globe on a daily basis.
  • Visit On the Road, watch the videos, and learn what the WFP is doing to fight world hunger. 


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Poverty is the Beast that Feeds World Hunger

Ironically,  poverty is the beast that feeds world hunger.  Poverty is the neglected child in a world of inequality and extremes.  In a world filled with wonder and beauty, it can be such a mad, mad world, a world where the many suffer.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Children Pay the Price

Friday, February 19, 2010

Deserts Eat the Land, The People Eat Little

One of the major causes of famine, starvation, malnourishment, and world hunger is desertification and its destructive effects.  Desertification is defined as the growth or expansion of a desert due to human activity.  One of the most drastic examples of this can be found in Africa's Sahel region.  The Sahel is a dry grassland region that acts as a transition zone in Africa, transition from Arab to traditional Africa, transition from arid Africa to tropical Africa.  It is also home to some of the most malnourished people on this planet.

What causes desertification?
  • a region with naturally dry conditions, often times hard-hit by extended drought conditions, such as the drought conditions that have been plaguing the Sahel since the 1960's.  There have been regions within the Sahel that have been without rain for five years. 
  • removal of vegetation through poor agricultural practices and over-grazing of animal herds.  The "unprotected, dry soil surfaces then blow away with the wind or are washed away by flash floods, leaving infertile lower soil layers that bake in the sun and become an unproductive hardpan. Overgrazing destroys valuable plant species, leaving mostly unpalatable ones. Losses of vegetation and biodiversity threaten habitat for other species." (
  • over-irrigation or incorrect irrigation practices (Go here to see what can happen.)
  • war and conflict, which can disrupt local agricultural practices.  Frequently war refugees will move into  "marginal ecosystems", bringing with them native farming practices not necessarily suited for the region.
  • "Perhaps the greatest cause of soil degradation and desertification is an explosion in world population, particularly in developing countries. Throughout the 1990s, dryland regions experienced a population growth of 18.5 percent, mostly in desperately poor, developing nations [source:]. In their daily struggle to survive, these expanding populations have put a deadly strain on their environment." (

So what's the result of desertification?
  • destruction and loss of vegetation, as well as land degradation and loss of crucial arable land.
  • loss of food sources, famine, malnourishment, starvation and death.
  • "flooding, poor water quality, dust storms, and pollution. All of these effects can hurt people living near an affected region. (The Facts of Desertification and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, 2000)"
  • ULTIMATE COST:  human dignity at the cost of poverty and world hunger.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Let's Feed, Let's House, Let's Give Clean Water to, Let's Give Life to...Let's Start with Just One Life

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Malnourishment by World Food Programme

Through researching for and maintaining this website, I have come across many helpful and educational websites.  While this month's focus has been World Hunger, especially in Haiti, I have found the website hosted by World Food Programme to be one of the most helpful sites. I have learned more about world hunger, have discovered ways to fight world hunger, and have found additional links to other helpful sites.  I have only scratched the surface of this organization and website.  Another one of my new favorite websites is, which has also highlighted World Food Programme. 

Malnourishment at

"A malnourished person finds that their body struggles to do normal things such as grow and resist disease. Physical work becomes very difficult and even learning abilities can be diminished. For women, pregnancy becomes risky and they cannot be sure of producing nourishing breast milk.

When a person is not getting enough food or not getting the right sort of food, malnutrition is just around the corner. Disease is often a factor, either as a result or contributing cause. Even if people get enough to eat, they will become malnourished if the food they eat does not provide the proper amounts of micronutrients - vitamins and minerals - to meet daily nutritional requirements.

Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease, according to the UN's Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN).

Malnutrition at an early age leads to reduced physical and mental development during childhood. Stunting, for example, affects more than 147 million pre-schoolers in developing countries, according to SCN's World Nutrition Situation 5th report. Iodine deficiency, the same report shows, is the world's greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage.

Undernutrition affects school performance and studies have shown it often leads to a lower income as an adult. It also causes women to give birth to low birth-weight babies.

Window of opportunity

The first two years of life are the “window of opportunity” to prevent early childhood undernutrition that causes largely irreversible damage. WFP focuses on the earliest phase of life, i.e. from conception (-9 months) to 24 months of age, providing essential nutrients including vitamins and minerals.

Eliminating malnutrition involves sustaining the quality and quantity of food a person eats, as well as adequate health care and a healthy environment. WFP helps fight malnutrition by treating it -- giving malnourished people the food and nutrients they need -- but also by preventing it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Possible Dream

If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.

-- Buzz Aldrin

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day of Love & Giving. Power of Only One Gives Back

Today in the United States we celebrate Valentine's Day.  A day of love and romance.  I believe that love is more than candy, flowers, expensive Hallmark cards, and a single day of romantic love.  I believe that love is an action, rather than a fleeting feeling.  Love is committting yourself to being a better you, willing, no desiring, to help lift up your loved ones. I Corinthians 13: 4-7 best defines what real love is and should always be:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Along this vein, I want to celebrate this day of love by looking beyond my need for trinkets and selfish attention.  This day should honor love that is giving, hopeful, and generous.  As of today, Power of Only One's Haiti Relief Effor has raised $52.  The goal was to raise $100.  Today, as a token of appreciation and genuine thanks to those who have helped spread the Power of Only One, I will meet dollar for dollar.  $104 will now be donated to the people of Haiti in the name of the Power of Only One and all its supporters. 

Happy Valentine's Day.  May you know love today.  If you are unsure of what gift to get your loved ones, give the gift of life.  Donate money in the names of those you love.  It is truly a gift from the heart that will let them know just how special they are and it is a gift that will keep on giving.



--Power of Only One.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

WE are the world, Not Somebody Else.

Start a blog.  Write a song.  Sing a song.  Make a video.  Play a game on  Send a Tweet.  Retweet.  Become a follower.  Leave a comment.  Make a donation to Red Cross.  Join  Give to the World Food Programme.  Join the Peace Corp.  Volunteer.  Build a home.  Offer a hand.  Offer hope.  Share you heart.  Do something.  Do something for others.  Do something for others in need.

We are the World.  We must come together as one.  It's time to lend a hand.  Haiti needs our help. 

Today's post inspired by those talented singers willing to get involved and to reach out to those in need.  I may not sing well (or at all), but God has given me a gift and a call to help those in need.  May you, too, be inspired to make a difference.

Friday, February 12, 2010



I have found the best website.  It is fun.  It is educational.  It feeds the world, 10 grains of rice at a time.  That's right.  Play games that increase your knowledge AND actually have rice donated to the world's hungry for each correct answer.  You can improve your geography, science, math, and language arts skills by playing simple games.  For each correct answer given, this site donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme.  Ten grains may not seem to be much, but just think, just like the Power of Only One, a mighty waterfall starts with just a single drop of water.  Meeting the needs of the poor and hungry starts with just 10 grains of rice.

Go check out this site.  Encourage your school-aged children to improve their brain power.  Get everybody you know playing the games. Get involved and feed the poor.  It's. That. Easy.

From the

"FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program. Our partner is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
FreeRice has two goals:

  1. Provide education to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really make a difference by playing FreeRice?

The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it.

According to the United Nations, a child dies every 6 seconds from hunger related causes.

Though 10 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing, so are thousands of other people at the same time. It is everyone together that makes the difference. Thanks to you, FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed millions of people since it started in October 2007."

Don't forget to leave a comment, become a follower, or to retweet about this site (@LadyWanderlust PowerofOnlyOne Haiti Relief).  For each action I will donate $1 to the cause.  At this time we have raised $45 for the Haiti relief effort.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Wall Against Hunger - World Food Programme | The Wall Against Hunger - World Food Programme

The Wall Against Hunger - World Food Programme The Wall Against Hunger - World Food Programme

A Wall of photos uploaded by supporters of the World Food Programme's mission: delivering the world from hunger. Feed a child in honour of someone you love. Put their photo on the Wall - then send them an original email greeting.

Here's the Plan:

For each person who becomes a follower of this website, including the already existing 10, I will donate $1 to a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the earthquake in Haiti.

For each person who leaves a comment this week on any post, I will donate $1 to the same charity.

For each TWEET/RETWEET about this post or this website, I will donate $1 to the relief efforts in Haiti. (Just be sure that any TWEET/RETWEET is directed @LadyWanderlust with in it to ensure I receive all Tweets).

Spread the world. Raise awareness. Bring Relief to Haiti

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mud Pies: More Than Child's Play for Haiti's Children

This was Haiti's reality BEFORE the earthquake.  Now the situation is even graver.  You can help to end this level of poverty, this level of suffering. 

Here's the Plan:

  1. For each person who becomes a follower of this website, including the already existing 10, I will donate $1 to a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the earthquake in Haiti.
  2. For each person who leaves a comment this week on any post, I will donate $1 to the same charity.
  3. For each TWEET/RETWEET about this post or this website, I will donate $1 to the relief efforts in Haiti. (Just be sure that any TWEET/RETWEET is directed @LadyWanderlust with in it to ensure I receive all Tweets).
Spread the world. Raise awareness. Bring Relief to Haiti

Monday, February 8, 2010

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is: Helping Haiti

After researching Haiti, THE POOREST country in the Western Hemisphere (and now the hardest hit), I realize that I am being called to do more than just publish blogs to help my fellow man.  Education is crucial to ending the poverty, but it takes money, especially in Haiti, to bring about real change.  Haiti needs our contributions.  Haiti needs MY contributions.  It will take money to rebuild the basic infrastructure, to provide basic necessities to those who lost everything, and to put food in the bellies of the hungry.  It is time for me to pay up.

Many of you may know me as LadyWanderlust on Twitter or as Her Majesty the Blogoddess at the WorldAccording2Lisa.  My alter ego, the Blogoddess, is a snarky, flippant, and sarcastic woman who acts as if love were nothing more than a song lyric, men are a nuisance, and life is one big joke.  However, behind that facade is a woman who really dreams of making a difference, as a mother, as a teacher, as a blogger, and as a resident of this blue marble.   So with this blog, I intend to raise money for Haiti, while raising awareness.

Here's the Plan:

  1. For each person who becomes a follower of this website, including the already existing 10, I will donate $1 to a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the earthquake in Haiti.
  2. For each person who leaves a comment this week on any post, I will donate $1 to the same charity.
  3. For each TWEET/RETWEET about this post or this website, I will donate $1 to the relief efforts in Haiti.  (Just be sure that any TWEET/RETWEET is directed @LadyWanderlust with in it to ensure I receive all Tweets).

That's it.  That's "The Plan."  Help me to build up this blog so I can reach my New Year's resolution to help "the ordinary one person become an extraordinary impetus of change by addressing key global issues and empowering individuals with the knowledge of the issues & the means to make change."  The more people who follow this blog and tweet/retweet about "The Plan", the more money I will donate to Haiti and the more the message will get out.

Thank you, Lisa

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Our 1 Billion to Help the Hungry One Billion



Saturday, February 6, 2010

Haiti Was Hungry Before the Quake

Even before the big quake, Haiti was in dire straits.  It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  Haiti's GDP (PPP) per capita is about $800 with most people living on less than $2 per day, compared to the United States' GDP of nearly $47,000.  There is a shortage of skilled workers, 66% of its workforce are engaged in agriculture, and 2/3 of the people are unemployed.  If that is not tragic enough, 80% of the people live below the poverty line.  Half of this island nation's children do not receive vaccinations and 60% of the population do not have access to basic health care.  Additionally, Haiti has a literacy rate of only 50%.  It appears to be a nearly hopeless situation.

Who are the hardest hit by this level of poverty?  The children.  Not only are half of the children unvaccinated, but also nearly 50% of Haiti's children die before the age of fifteen.  Many children endure homelessness, hunger, and abuse.  Children have become so hungry that they have resorted to eating "mud pies", a mixture of mud and oil baked in the sun. Anything not to feel the pain and suffering starvation.  It is estimated that 44 children die HOURLY in Haiti.  That was BEFORE the earthquake.

Now imagine on top of all of this poverty and suffering, the insufficient level infrastructure that existed has now been nearly annihilated after a 7.0 earthquake and a 6.0 aftershock.  The outcome is dismal.  No, impossible.  Unless you and I do something to help these people and their children.

"The current situation in Haiti is dire. With the price of basic food staples in Haiti rising 40--50% in the past year, hunger continues to grow and the people are growing increasingly desperate. At Food For The Poor's main feeding center in Port-au-Prince, approximately 15,000 people are fed six days a week--and it's still not enough.

Presently, an estimated 80% Haitians live in abject poverty. The spike in food prices threatens to make things worse. In recent days, the desperation has given way to violence and rioting. Thousands are taking to the streets protesting the crisis.

You have the power to help; the power to change the life. A gift of only $12 can feed a family for a month. Please help: "

Sources of information: CIA Factbook, Wikipedia, &

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words:

"African Tsunami"  by Alberto Sabat.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Green Hunger

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hunger is the Hopeless Child of Poverty & Famine

World poverty, hunger, and famine are intricately intertwined.  Simply, one does not exist without the other.  Tonight's spotlight will be directed at famine.  What is famine?  It is a severe scarcity of food on a large scale that leads to extreme hunger, malnourishment, starvation, and often times, death. defines it as:

1. extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area.

2. any extreme and general scarcity.

3. extreme hunger; starvation.
Bread for the World, a Christian organization dedicated to ending world hunger through education and political action, has gathered some staggering statistics on world hunger and famine. 

923 million people across the world are hungry.

In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food
Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness.
Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.
In the developing world, more than 1.4 billion people currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1.25 per day.
Among this group of poor people, many have problems obtaining adequate, nutritious food for themselves and their families. As a result, 820 million people in the developing world are undernourished. They consume less than the minimum amount of calories essential for sound health and growth.
 Undernourishment negatively affects people's health, productivity, sense of hope and overall well-being. A lack of food can stunt growth, slow thinking, sap energy, hinder fetal development and contribute to mental retardation.

Economically, the constant securing of food consumes valuable time and energy of poor people, allowing less time for work and earning income.

Socially, the lack of food erodes relationships and feeds shame so that those most in need of support are often least able to call on it.

Famine is a destructive force that erodes not only the fabric of a society, but also destroys the human spirit.  Without food, life is a daily struggle, often time becoming a life without hope.  Throughout this month, the Power of Only One will address the issues of poverty, world hunger, and famine.  I hope to arm you with enough knowledge and to connect you with many excellent organizations so that you become empowered to share your power of only one. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

World Hunger: Every 5

Monday, February 1, 2010

World Hunger

Last month's focus was world poverty.   World poverty and world hunger go hand in hand, therefore February's theme is "World Hunger."  To lay the foundation for a basic understanding, here are some key facts about this issue.

According to Bread for the World:

"An estimated 1.02 billion people in the world go hungry.

Each year, 3 million under-five children die because they are undernourished.1 Far more children live with undernutrition than die from it. For infants and young children, the effects of chronic malnutrition in the early years of life are largely irreversible.

In the United States, over 49 million people—including 16.7 million children—live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That means one in seven households in the U.S. are living with hunger or are at risk of hunger."
Do you understand just how staggering these statistics are?  Nearly 20% of the world's population is starving and suffering from the negative effects of malnourishment.  16,000 children die DAILY as result of hunger.  Even in our country, with an economy that is ranked as high as number one [using the GDP (PPP)** ], 15% of our people struggle to feed themselves and their families; one-third of America's hungry are the children.  I will strive to present you with many other statistics, as well to link you with organizations that fight world hunger.  It is my hope that you will find a way you can fight world hunger, one person, one post, one action, one day at a time.

GDP (PPP)**--is gross domestic product converted to international dollars using purchasing power parity rates. An international dollar has the same purchasing power over GDP as the U.S. dollar has in the United States.