How Hard Would It Be To End World Poverty?
Nelson Mandela, a man who experienced poverty close up and had a lot of time during his life to consider this question, decided that education was the most powerful weapon to change the world. He also believed that ending poverty was a choice.
Before the Millennium Development Goals were announced by world leaders, at the turn of the last century, with the intention of ending extreme world poverty, the following figures reflecting consumer spending in developed countries, were quoted in a United Nations Human Development report:
- Amount spent annually on cigarettes in Europe (these kill you, right?)
- $US 50 Billion
- Amount spent annually on Alcoholic drinks, again Europe only
- $US 105 Billion
- Military spending annually throughout the world
- $US 780 Billion
Now consider this from the same report:
- Amount required to provide basic education in developing countries
- $US 6 Billion
- Amount to provide reproductive health for women in developing countries
- $US 12 Billion
Mr. Mandela also said “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings.”
Ending poverty is a choice. A choice to take action. We make choices every day (apparently 35,000 if figures are to be believed) and many of those relate to our consumer behaviour, which is something that with just a small change in, we could make a huge dent in extreme poverty.
Just $10 a week will educate, feed, and provide medical care to one of our students.
Receiving an education and experiencing good health whilst doing so, will help them escape poverty.
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children under 5 die every day due to poverty. That is,
- 8 million children under 5 years old
- every single year
- all preventable
If our governments and large corporations aren’t going to be part of the solution to end poverty, and so far their records are not that great, then it is up to us individuals to choose to do it. We can. Ending poverty is a choice. A choice to take action.
Look at those figures again and ask yourself if there is anything you can do, no matter how small, to help end poverty.
Why not join ACTION THIS DAY, this day, and help end poverty in the life of a child.