What Is Poverty?

October 15, 2008

Poverty african childPoverty 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.

Poverty has many faces, changing from place to place and across time, and has been described in many ways. Most often, poverty is a situation people want to escape. So poverty is a call to action — for the poor and the wealthy alike — a call to change the world so that many more may have enough to eat, adequate shelter, access to education and health, protection from violence, and a voice in what happens in their communities.

We cannot fully understand poverty, until we educate ourselves- please read more.

Learn what others are doing to fight hunger and poverty. 

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2 Responses to “What Is Poverty?”

  1. Would you want to share a story on our blog, we have a lot of families that could use the moral boost!

  2. This is an amazing definition! I definitely want to share this with people.

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