Blogactionday.org is encouraging the international community to discuss, look at,and find solutions to end poverty around the world. Let us be a part of this movement to end poverty through education, action, and movement. Do your part now by voicing your opinion, share your story, and give your ideas about poverty.
According to Poverty.com, “About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes. Yet there is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish themselves. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families.”
Realistically, it would be a challenge to completely end hunger everywhere. However, what we can do is to help decrease the amount of people who are living in poverty. I think it would be easier to do this in America instead of a third world country. In America, we already have governmental agencies in place to help people who are struggling financially and who can not afford health care or grocery. We have mediacare and medicaid for people in need. We have foodstamps, HUD, and WIC to help low income people. Of course, these systems are not without flaws, but at least we have it available for people. In contrast, many third world countries do not have these governmental agencies where their people can turn to for help. To decrease the percentage of people living in poverty in these country requires assistance from the more industrialized nation to send help or aid.
What is the answer to poverty? This is a difficult question because every situation and place is unique. However, the most important thing to remember is that we all have to do something however big or small. Sending donations of clothing, food, or money is helpful if it goes straight to the people instead of to corrupt agencies or government where the people who are suffering are not getting what they need.
To end poverty, it is going to take more people to stand up and fight for those who can not do it themselves. Through activism, education, and awareness we can do something about it. If we all sit back and think only about our comfort and welfare without further regard for the needs of others then we will never end poverty. We can all start all in our own community and identify the areas of need whether it is in our neighborhood, church, or school. Being aware of those around us, can help us see who needs help. Even if we can help one person a day or week or month, that is one less person living in poverty. If all of us will commit to helping one person then pretty soon that can turn into a large number.
To end poverty we have to all work together as a community, nation and world.
What am I doing to help fight poverty? What have I done to help fight poverty?
1. Taken my club kids to the homeless shelter to volunteer to serve food. We have made a long time commitment to the shelter for the rest of the year. While we were there we notice they needed to stock up on can foods so we are going to have a can food, clothing drive, and blanket drive to donateto the shelter.
2. October 18th my club kids and I are going to prep low income houses and get it ready to paint on October 25 the which is the National Make a Difference Day.
3. My students and I have collected school supplies for kids in the poor neighborhoods of Iraq. We have former students from our school who are serving in the army and they are stationed in Iraq. They wrote home and told us about the needs of the community they patrol so we are doing our part.