Throughout my investigations for information other than consumer products, I have been very surprised by many of the poverty facts and statistics. One main fact has shocked me more than any other. Causes of Poverty — Global Issues
This graph shows the percent, and number in billions, of the people on the planet that live off of a specific dollar amount per day in 2005. Even though this was from eight years ago, there has not been a tremendous change in poverty and its impacts on humanity. Around 25,000 people die around the world every day. On Poverty.com – Hunger and World Poverty, there is a map of the world that shows people’s faces popping up for every person that has died of hunger at this time. After sitting here and watching this map for 5 minutes, I have noticed two things. One, all of the people I saw were from either Africa or Asia. Two, most of the people who have died are children. The website keeps a count of how many people have passed away this hour, and only twenty minutes into this hour, over 400 people have died due to hunger.
It is such a shame to just sit here feeling helpless while just watching people’s pictures pop up almost every second. If almost half of the world’s population was not forced to live on $2.50 a day, then there would not be nearly as many deaths as there are. Poverty also causes so many people to lack safe water and obviously, food. There are however many organizations that believe that it may only take a few years to end poverty, but it is required that they receive help from us, and anyone else that can help.