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August 10, 2009
What is Poverty?
Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.

Statistics on Poverty

  • More than 1.5 billion people around the world live on less than a $1 a day.
  • Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
  • More than 50 percent of Africans suffer from water-related diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea.
  • More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day, 300 million are children.
  • Of these 300 million children, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 percent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency.
  • Every 3.8 seconds someone dies of hunger in the world, 75 percent of those are children.
  • Four out of every ten people in the world don’t have access even to a simple latrine.
  • Declining soil fertility, land degradation has led to a 23 percent decrease in food production per capita in the last 25 years even though population has increased dramatically.
  • A woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy. This compares with a 1 in 3,700 risk for a woman from North America.

Solution for Poverty

  • Generating more employment;
  • Raising the level of minimum education;
  • Making the social leaders aware of the possibility of removing it.
  • Presenting the government concrete programmes of prosperity.
  • Drawing upon the resources of every social institution like Chamber of Commerce, university, research institutions, government, voluntary organization, U.N., U.N. agencies, press, etc.
  • Educating the public opinion that poverty is not inevitable.
  • Increase access to safe water
  • Give poor farmers a fighting chance
  • Provide the poor with loans that empower them to succeed.
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