Poverty Today

“Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society – how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.” -Muhammad Yunus

More than three billion people live off of $2.50 a day. More than 80% of the world’s population lives off of $10 a day (Global Issues). Most Americans would easily spend $2.50 on a Starbucks coffee without even thinking about it. In the United States most people could not imagine living on that amount of money, but in the rest of the world that is the norm. Extreme poverty is not understood globally because most Americans live in a bubble where they do not know whats going on outside of there world. Attention needs to be brought to this issue because there is a lot that individuals can do to solve this problem.

The research that I have completed over the course of the semester has brought to light all the things that individuals can do to donate to the cause. It can be money, time, or other resources. Technology is the key factor in changing the poverty stricken world. There are so many resources that can be created to solve the communities problems in the terms that they want. Innovation is important in communities because they know what needs to be changed and what technology can make that happen.

All the work that organizations like Practical Action and Prochorus do, are leading the way for an extreme poverty free world. This is a global issue that faces a lot of countries around the world. We need a solution and we need one now. As we join together we can change the face of poverty. This blog has shown me how far we have come in eradicating poverty yet how far there is still to go in this fight. Join with me and others in order to change the lives of those who are living on less than $10 a day by getting involved in a organization that was previously mentioned.

Help people like this child today. This picture is from here.


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