With poverty everything becomes frightful because as the saying goes, ' a person never knows the worth of water till the well is dry.' " - Thomas Fuller
The EPIDEMIC of Poverty
Therefore, it only seems reasonable that one may ask as to how has this division of lifestyles has occurred? Rather how is it that one person in America can live a life without ever having to salvage for scraps of food or live in a hut made of trash when so frequently these standards of living have become the only means by which another person in Africa lives to see another day? The answer to this question and more can be answered as one learns just how serious the crisis of poverty in has become.
Poverty is indeed a national crisis and global epidemic. In fact, Global Issues, a website dedicated to supporting global problems, reported in March 2013 that "at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day." In addition this website also argued the notion that the poorest people on earth also have less access to health, education and other services thus leaving them with problems of hunger, malnutrition and disease. As this problem continues to degrade the lives of individuals, it is crucial that we respond with conviction and purpose towards resolving these unfortunate and shameful facts of life about poverty in our time.
The Relationship Between Poverty and Water Access IN Africa
In other words, in Africa poorer areas have no access to clean water supplies and consequently regions in Africa that have limited water supplies are quickly becoming poor. Therefore it is evident that poverty and water access are and always will be inextricably linked. To illustrate this point, the Global Issues website estimated that "some 660 million people in Africa are considered to be poor,"and of those 660 million people in poverty, "585 million have inadequate access to water as well as lack basic sanitation." Thus, in my opinion, the best way to solve poverty in Africa will be to provide accessible water for individuals throughout Africa.
Take Action Today!
What You Can Do to Help:
Make a Financial Donation
Become a Volunteer of a Humanitarian Project.
Support the Proper Legislation
Become A Voice to Be Heard!
How & With Whom You Can Help:
There are several non profit organizations that sponsor projects for making significant changes in poverished communities around the world. However many of these organizations such as The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are constantly in need of donations in order to continue their fight against poverty.
Organizations are always seeking skills-based volunteers to work as a catalyst towards to the movement of ending extreme poverty. Through volunteering with orgnanizations such as the Global Poverty Project, volunteers can gain practical experiences and insights to the reality of this global problem.
Become an advocate of legislation such as The Global Poverty Act which was developed in order to implement a comprehensive strategy of furthering the United States Foreign Policy of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination extreme poverty.
You can also help support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of reducing one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2014, who live on less that $1 per day.
Take your own personal stand against poverty. Whether it be through fundraising an event or raising awareness through a blog such as The Anti-Poverty Blog, let your voice be heard and join the millions of individuals around the world trying to better the world in which we live.