What is Poverty? Poverty is getting up every morning from a dirt- and illness-stained mattress or even waking up from the cold cement ground. Also living within a smell that never leaves. It is the smell of rotting garbage.
Poverty is taking place in almost half of the world now, with just about 4 billion people who do not have to suffer with this issue. Over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. One billion children are suffering through poverty, 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. About 10.6 million children died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5, so about 29,000 children per day. Around 22,000 children are dying each day, even today.
As poverty is still around today, people are left on the sides of the roads, waving down anybody just to at least get five cents. Poverty in the US has actually gone down since 2009 which puts a better light on us, but not with other kids and families around the world.
People are setting up organizations to help out people struggling through poverty, not just in the US, but all over the world. One organization that stood out to me was The Borgen Project. The Borgen Project helps out kids and families all over the world. It is a national campaign that cooperates with the US national leaders to build on their response to this global issue.
The link to the website, to where you can watch videos to see more about this organization: