1. "Drive in a double-decker because the bus carries there same number of people as 40 cars! And it's going there anyway."
2. "There's always loose change-and there are always charity tins.
It's a match made in heaven-like ham and eggs, marecambe and wise, posh and.., well posh and hello magazine. So, the next time you buy something priced between 95p and 99p, look around for a charity tin. After all, 1p per person, per week adds up to 30 million per year. One word of waring, though. If the golden retriever sitting outside the shop domes't have a slot in his head, don't try putting your coins in. He won't appreciate it."
3. "Spend time with someone from a different generation."
4. "If it says to just drive 30MPH just drive 30MPH, because if you drive 35MPH you are twice as likely to kill someone you hit as 30MPH."
5. "Learn at least one good joke. Laughing tones your stomach, lowers your blood pressure and makes you healthier. It's scientifically proven."
Poverty is when people don't have the right education, no job, no food to eat or water to drink, no home to sleep in, no money to go to a doctor when they are sick and when they don't have proper hygiene.
B) The spreading of poverty and its influences:
Poverty is spreading because we don't understand the development of poverty properly.
Generally it is observed that the world population is continuously growing. With that, a big problem comes up, finding food and jobs for all the people in the world.
Growth of world population: Dramatic increase in recent past:
How many people are living below the poverty line:
Example: Assuming the poverty line is defined if somebody earns less than $1 per day, the table tells that more than 10% of the world population is living in poverty. That means almost 1 billion people.
Where do we find the biggest number of poor people?
Key Question: How to feed all these people?
Quotation of a statement made at the World Food Summit (WFS) in 1996:
"At 923 million people, the number of undernourished in 2007 was more than 80 million higher than in 1990–92, making the task of bringing the number of undernourished to 420 million by 2015 more difficult, especially in an environment of high food prices and uncertain global economic prospects."
An excellent summary of the problem is also provided by a movie clip made by the World Bank to be found under:
Often poverty starts because people don't find a job and then they don't get money to buy food. Very often the reason is that they don't have the right education to get a job.
When parents have too many children but not enough money to feed them all, poverty is the consequence.
Another cause of poverty is when wars happen and people lose their homes and everything they had. That is another way how poverty can occur.
Poverty can also happen when, due to climate change, basic crops get lost. This happens to farmers when not enough rain falls to grow their goods.
All of the reasons that are mentioned here are found in developing countries (Africa, Asia, and Latin America). Therefore we are confronted with the problem of "global poverty".
Some pictures for demonstration of the multi-dimensional problem:
Home and hygiene
Waiting for food
D) Consequences following from poverty:
1. People in poverty are living under inhuman conditions. They have no power and no political network to change the circumstances.
2. As people in poverty have nothing to lose, criminal acts, theft, even murder are going along with it, endangering the whole society of a country.
3. Global poverty - if whole regions are affected by starvation and/or lack of natural resources - this may lead to armed conflicts or even wars (see Africa).
In summary, global poverty is a dangerous phenomena which affects everybody of us. Therfore it must be everybody's interest to fight global poverty.
Fight for survival!
Some interesting interrelationships.
E) Measures already undertaken to stop poverty:
Problem: Growth of world population.
In China the government has introduced birth control.
In some countries certain number of seats have been reserved in schools, colleges, and universities for underprivileged students to gain better access to advanced education (example India).
Problem: Creation of jobs.
Building up of training centers for unskilled workers to improve their performance in various trades like welding and assembling (initiative of global companies in third world countries like Mercedes).
These are some actives but not sufficient to stop growing poverty. It is just a drop of water on a hot stone.
F) My advice and proposal (a summary)
1. Each country should have a special service of professionals and volunteers taking care for people falling in poverty by whatever the reason may be. They should provide support to the poor to get sufficient food, medical care and other things for granting a reasonable living standard. This service should also take care that these people find back to normal living conditions on a sustainable basis.
2. All kids living in poverty should get a chance to visit schools and to get a profound education. For that the governments of the affected countries must found much more schools especially in remote areas and employ much more teachers. The countries have to provide a fixed share of their budget and rich nations should support these efforts by regular donations (books, money, and other teaching tools).
3. As global poverty often is connected with starvation in rural areas it is important to support irrigation projects. This requires drilling wells and installing water pumps and to convert deserts into agricultural land. The authorities should also install storages so that the harvest can be saved for a longer period. With these basic provisions people can escape poverty and can make a good living by themselves.
4. Slum areas should form communities with help from the government. Each member should take over a certain task for administration, services, and manufacturing. With the structured society automatically new jobs are created. Over-production of goods will be sold in outside markets to make the new formed society sustainable. Important is that the poor people come out of poverty by their own initiative. Only for the starts help and support is required.
Do you know how it feels not to have a home, a good education, food or clean water? It feels really bad to be poor and it is very hard to get food and clean water and a home or even a bed to sleep in. A kid or adult who is in poverty has a really hard time. People in poverty don't have a high living standard. We who have food, clean water, a home, and a bed have a pretty high living standard. We who have computers have almost the highest living standard that there is. We have lots of goods like cars, plenty of food, clean water and a big home with lots of rooms. A poor person would never dare to imagine for themselves what we have, things like laptops, phones and other gadgets. They think that having a proper meal and a roof over their heads is having the best life they can have.