Eradication of Poverty

Poverty is one of the major obstacles to peace. Here we fight poverty.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Poverty is not just a matter of subsistence. Poverty encompasses the absence of opportunity to partake of the very things we take for granted: food, housing, education, training, work opportunities, and most severely, it denies the right to a fruitful life. Poverty drives individuals to extremes just so as to survive.Others lose hope, faith and will.

Despair drives parents to sell children, teenagers sell their bodies for a pittance and societies crumble incrementally under the pressure of living on nothing.

Values and norms lose meaning as the fight to live through hunger and a spot in a drain pipe for sleep out of the rain, fighting over that extra sniff of glue are all that some children learn about being disposable and invisible to the greater world

And what do we lose in the process? Human potential. We lose a child’s discovery of their own mind, a child who through play and exploration would otherwise uncover the wealth of their own talent and what they could possibly contribute to the world

As you brush off a child who begs to wash your car windows as you wait for a red light, or a kid asks to take your shopping trolley, don’t just imagine it being your own child, but see the scientist, the musician, the economist, the community leader, the teacher, whose potential dies in your looking the other way……

The choice is yours… and yours…and yours And mine! We can make poverty history if we want it to be.

There is this idea that poverty is something that born and bred in developing nations: media and commerce have created the illusion of a great divide… and it is often relegated to a developmental one.

Truth is Poverty is spawned in your own home. It starts in the mind. It grows roots in the soil of apathy and it spreads like a cancer among the backstreets of everything you and I pretend not to see. It flourishes among the garbage bags of everything we take for granted: running water, a bed, warmth, family, holidays, birthday wishes, even a simple smile which lets you know someone has SEEN you, acknowledge your existence…

Poverty is not just a matter of money. Poverty is what comes from living beyond the realm of those in need of a helping hand.

Give, so a girl can development her self confidence and become self-reliant.

Give, so a young man need not prostitute himself to foreign holiday makers,

Give, so that a man need not traffic his child for 50dollars.

Give a Damn… it goes farther than just a Dime …. And BE the difference in their lives and your own.

Poverty like illness knows no boundaries. Wealth does not protect one from it and poverty itself does not make you immune to its impact.

With the current tumbling of the world’s financial markets, the loss of billions around the world offers all of us an opportune moment of reflection. The first Wall Street Crash sent the world into an economic nightmare. These days governments rally together at the speed of light in a financial rescue mission….

And it still does not change one aspect of the status quo…

Those stuck in poverty remain stuck in the mud or rambling knee deep in disease infected refuse landfills, which is home to seagulls and homeless children: it feeds a pittance to some anonymous stricken family in the back streets of Bogota, children scramble bottles together for enough small change to kill the cold off their skin for a night.

Walk around your own city without stepping over some homeless anonymous entity and ask yourself how difficult is it to care…

Poverty Day: Take part! Care enough so there does not have to be one next year!

Create opportunities for Trade rather than Aid.

It's in our hands and hearts... if we choose to have a mind to.....

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Discussion Forum

Empower the poor then there will be no poverty

Started by Muhammad Khurshid. Last reply by GOPI KANTA GHOSH Mar 25, 2012. 3 Replies

There Is A Cure For Poverty, and It's Guaranteed

Started by Dr. Uche Akwuba, LCE. Last reply by GOPI KANTA GHOSH Oct 7, 2011. 11 Replies

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Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on December 25, 2009 at 6:03am
We feel proud of those who are rich...we apply technology that creates poverty...this mind set must change...learning what Gandhi said is necessary...
Comment by Daniel on December 25, 2009 at 1:02am
A very simple and irreducable fact: If there was no dishonesty, there would be unlimited prosperity for all. All forms of abuse no matter how subtle, in the end contribute to the destruction of our economy.
Comment by Clicia Pavan on November 21, 2009 at 12:20pm

Help for the poor in India
"Remember the poorest people you know, the beings you have seen more abandoned. Ask if the act or that you plan your way of life is somehow beneficial to them. If so, you will find these acts to God. " - Mahatma Gandhi!
I am Muslim! I am Hindu! And I'm Jewish! I am Christian! "
Mahatma Gandhi!
Comment by maryse on November 21, 2009 at 12:11pm
This is positive site and help for the poor in India.. Food is one problem but keeping warm and clean is another. Have a look, it is inspiring
We believe that just by re-using our old clothes the problem of clothing for the poor can be solved to a very large extent
Cloth for work

Cloth is given as a motivation, with dignity, to people working on their own community issues. We turn age old charitable cloth into a resource for much needed development work in Indian villages
Not just a piece of cloth

By providing a small piece of clean cloth to a village woman, to be used as a sanitary napkin, we can prevent a multitude of hygiene problems.In Hindu
School to School

Forging long-term strategic relationships between rich urban schools and rural schools
Rahat Floods

In the last few years Goonj.. has annually been initiating 'RAHAT-FLOODS' to collect relief material for the lakhs of victims in Assam, Bihar & West Bengal during floods.
Rahat Winters

Before every winter GOONJ actively initiates RAHAT Winters, its winter campaign, as a response to a recurrent but often ignored problem for the underprivileged.
Comment by Clicia Pavan on November 21, 2009 at 12:16am
Friend I also think so - How will the world of tomorrow, so hungry child? Health and food --- how can a blind eye to the poorest countries, or refugees of conflicts?
Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on November 20, 2009 at 7:04am
We must create awareness to ensure success of U. N Program...'Let poverty be a history'...
Comment by Clicia Pavan on November 19, 2009 at 5:34pm
11/2009--Fome-- Abandonment----God Until when your children will be excluded forgotten ---
an not save itself without saving the other. "
And also the advice of Gandhi: "Remember the poorest people you know, the beings you have seen more abandoned. Ask if the act or that you plan your way of life is somehow beneficial to them. If so, you will find these acts to God. " - Mahatma Gandhi!
I am Muslim! I am Hindu! And I'm Jewish! I am Christian! "
Mahatma Gandhi!
Clicia Pavan
International humanitarian aid arrives late and bad for people affected by wars and natural disasters
Sri Lankans celebrate the capital of Sri Lanka to defeat the Tamil Tigers, the separatist group
that since 1983 waged a civil war
to try to win an independent state
Between 7000 and 20 thousand civilians died during the first five months of 2009 in the east of the island of Sri Lanka as a result of the army's offensive against Tamil rebels. Military plans and the potential humanitarian disaster were well known. However, most rich countries have not bothered to ensure the time the presence of aid workers in the region. The conflict in Sri Lanka is just one more example of the general humanitarian aid arrives late and so improvised to the needy population, as appears from the Humanitarian Response Index 2009, published on Tuesday by Dara Foundation, which annually evaluates the behavior of donor countries.
The money for emergency aid in armed conflicts and natural disasters continues to be driven by strategic interests. So it's strange that the classification that Dara elaborates on quality and quantity of major military powers appear in places late: the United Kingdom occupies the 9th place of 23, the U.S. the 14th, Germany 16th and France of the 20th . The Scandinavian countries and Ireland occupy the first four positions, while Spain came a step in the previous year, to 15th place. The last three are occupied by Mediterranean countries: in descending order, Italy, Greece and Portugal.
(Nicolas Bourcier--Le monde)
Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on November 17, 2009 at 12:44pm
In India poverty is the problem...I am working with small group to help absolute poor...I need encouragement and support...
Comment by Clicia Pavan on October 26, 2009 at 5:51pm

26/10/2009 - 09h09
One in six people in the world wakes up not knowing if you can eat, "Sheeran said in an interview coletiva.Sydney (Australia), 26 out (EFE) .-
To me this is an abuse the poorest populations in the world
The cost for imports and exports are expensive, I think that the poorest to have to pay less for food, the world is 1.020 billion people hungry.
"One in six people in the world wakes up not knowing if you can eat," Sheeran told a news conference, should be a priority of the richest countries to feed the poorest children, reduce taxes, the taxes on imports to poorer countries
The future of the world is threatened, hungry children are the adults of tomorrow ... And how will this new generation of the world? Refugees, hungry patients, abandoned?
Poor countries pay more for food in spite of falling prices? This is violence, the world needs is peace - There is no road to peace, peace is the path-Gandhi
26/10/2009 - 09h09
Uno de cada seis personas en el mundo se despierta sin saber si se puede comer ", dijo Sheeran en una entrevista coletiva.Sydney (Australia), 26 out (EFE) .-
Para mí esto es un abuso de las poblaciones más pobres en el mundo
El costo de las importaciones y las exportaciones son caros, creo que los más pobres a tener que pagar menos por los alimentos, el mundo 1,020 millones de personas hambrientas.
"Uno de cada seis personas en el mundo se despierta sin saber si se puede comer", Sheeran dijo en una conferencia de prensa, debe ser una prioridad de los países más ricos para alimentar a los niños más pobres, reducir los impuestos, los impuestos sobre las importaciones de los países más pobres
El futuro del mundo está amenazada, los niños hambrientos son los adultos del mañana ... ¿Y cómo esta nueva generación del mundo? Los refugiados, los pacientes con hambre, abandonados?
Los países pobres pagan más por los alimentos, a pesar de la caída de precios? Esta es la violencia, el mundo necesita es la paz - No hay camino hacia la paz, la paz es el camino-Gandhi
Clicia Pavan-Namaste

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