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The Fight Against Poverty - Varuni Ramessar

In brief terms, poverty is defined as not having enough money to meet basic needs including food, clothing and shelter. However, poverty is more, much more than just not having enough money. Not having enough money leads to huger, a lack of opportunities, lack of education, child labour, leaves more and more people on the streets. Did you know that nearly half of the world’s population — more than three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day and more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so that they can have a real and fair chance to succeed. Poverty is a complex issue that affects more than 3 million Canadians. This also means that 1.9 million families struggle to make ends meet and support themselves. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to feed their families. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. There are many organizations that strive to help with this situation such as the United Nations, Engineers without Borders, The Red Cross or even the Global Goals. There is a lot of help available for people who are suffering in the streets. Some countries who experience poverty are:

  • U.S.A

  • Congo

  • Zimbabwe

  • Cambodia

  • Yemen

  • Afghanistan

  • Nepal

Poverty is measured in many ways but there shouldn't be a crisis in the first place. There are enough resources in this world for everyone to thrive but because of unequal distribution, this problem still exists in first world countries like Canada and globally.

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