Want or Need?
Did you know that 45 million people in America are living in poverty? This is precisely half of the world’s population. Innumerable individuals live with less than $2.50 a day. People who live in uttermost poverty have less than $1.25 a day. As for children worldwide, there are 1 billion, living in poverty. According to my source, 22,000 children die each day due to this essence. Here, on my self-written passage, I will state my understanding and thoughts on how we can end poverty.
First and foremost, I would like to begin with the impacts of poverty. As said in my introduction, half of the world is affected by this. Education. Education is such an essential part of one’s life. Our future depends on our education and without this, there are no paths for a brighter one. Unemployment. Where do we even start with this? No home, no food, no money, but a dollar or two. Even worse, none at all. See, education and employment are linked. They sustain one another. Without the other, one is not sustained enough. Unemployed parents create an environment where children are unable to go to school. Health. People who live in the streets are guarenteed to catch an illness due to the environment. Smoke, pests,etc. In the Philippines, I have witnessed children foraging for left overs from a trash bin. Seeing that had made me ponder about my outlooks on life and taught me lessons just by seeing what I had saw.
There are two types of poverty. There is absolute poverty and relative poverty. Absolute poverty is the inability to grasp basic needs such as clean water, food, and shelter. As for water, it could be difficult to find a source for this as it would take 30 minutes or more to collect from a source such as rivers, streams, etc. As the story I said above, the children rummaging through a trash bin for food is another example of absolute poverty. Relative poverty is the condition in which individuals have a low income to maintain the average status for everyday life. Relative poverty also has an inadequate access to affordable services. In other words, transportation from and to places. Even if there are plenty other types of poverty, they are brought to one and would still need attention and awareness. As for awareness, I will be enunciating about it in the following passages.
Finally, how we can end poverty together? My top of the list is awareness. It is all in the mindset. It is important that we are aware that this is happening in the world. In every country — to streets, alleys, a home that is not as nice as yours or others. When you don’t finish a meal, do you throw it away and relentlessly wash your plate after? Or, do you sit and stare at your left overs and think, “Someone could be eating this right now.” Now, I am not trying to make you feel remorseful if you would do the first option. Although, I am trying to remind you that we should not take things for granted. We have more, they have less. When you see individuals in the streets, do you ignore them or say hello? Keep in mind, a simple hello could make their day. Think about it. Everyday a child dies or is in terrible condition, underweight, while sometimes we complain about simple things. Simple things that are bigger things for others. Simple things such as I don’t make enough money but I have food in the fridge, clothes on my back,shoes on my feet, a roof over my head, but I need more money. We are never satisfied enough. There will be points in our life where we need more. I get a 96% for a class, I get disappointed, can’t seem to reach that perfect 100%. We are human. That is how most think. Except, do we think enough? Do we ponder passionately about the deeper and darker part of the world? Do we think about other things other than ourselves? We must equalize self-love and love for others. It should be a 50-50 thing.
There is a difference between what you want and what you need. Do you really need that tenth pair of shoes? That car everyone is talking about? Teenagers my age are buying and buying while they could be saving. Saving for senior year, emergency purposes, and most importantly, college. Or some complain about the things they have instead of being grateful for what they already do have. Remember the saying, “Others don’t have the things you have.” I am not saying that all teenagers are like this, I am saying most. I was once this person. My parents have been tight on money lately and that turned on a light switch in my head. Can you believe that had to happen just for me to realize that I have been asking and asking for purchases that are completely irrelevant? I am NO LONGER about that life. We can help those who are in need of our help. Little actions are big steps. If you are a teenager, like me, participate in the donating projects your school holds. In our school, we are asked to bring can goods or clothes to donate to the Salvation Army. It is easy and helps so many families. Think about that family you could cheer up just by donating food and feeding their empty stomach. Wouldn’t that feel amazing? The thought of helping and giving is surely the best feeling.
Lastly, my reflection on poverty. Poverty is the worst violence of all and it really affects one’s life so terribly. Many ignore it. Many don’t care. It is up to US to do something about it. It doesn’t have to be big. You don’t have to be a millionaire to help. You do not have to be famous to reach out and show that you care. It is all in the mindset. You just need to put it in your heart and mind that you do want to help out and that you do care. Poverty is my motivation in getting a good job, so in the future, I can help out and donate as much as I can and do as much as I can with all the power I have. I am Adriana De Chavez, 15, and this is my essay on Poverty.