I am the one that doesn’t know what I needed to know about poverty and what causes poverty. I am still a learner but have have to tell what I have learned from Richard Stearns and through his book: The Hole in our Gospel. He knows what causes poverty because his organization, World Vision study it and get entrenched in situations to help people out of it.
Poverty is a four-letter word–it is very nasty!!! The books opens my eyes to the situation, that people are in poverty because they are stuck there. They did no choose to be there and don’t want to be there, but they are. They do not know how to get out of what keeps them there.
Okay, I will give the bottom line from the book right here. He said:
I can imagine my own life without many of the so-called necessities that i have. You can take away my car and I would find a way to compensate by using public transportation or carpooling with a friend. You could take away my computer and my Internet access, my television, stereo, and radio, and I could still have a full and prosperous life. You could reduce the size of my house and my income by half, and even take away my education and I could survive and perhaps even thrive. But if you take away water and sanitation, you take away my health and that of my children. If you take away my health, you have taken away my energy and my industry. If you take away my energy and ability to support my family, you have taken away my dignity; and if you take away my dignity, you have taken away hope–for the future, for my children, for a better life. This is the harsh reality of the more than one bilion people in the world who live without ACCESS to CLEAN, SAFE WATER(my emphasis).
The access to water starts the path to poverty or keeps a person trapped in a situation where they just can’t expand their horizons far enough to make things better for themselves. Man what an eye-opener that was for me.
Here are some other statistics that may surprise you, did you know that at least a billion people on the earth today live on less than $1 per day. 2.6 billion people in the world today live on less than $2 per day!! Out of the 6.7 billion people in the world today only 0.3 billion of those have $100 or more per day to live on.
- Today’s 1,125 billionaires hold more wealth than the wealth of half of the world’s adult population.
- The wealthiest 7 peope on earth control more wealth than the combined Gross Domestic Product of the 41 most heavily indebted nations.
- The poorest 40 % of the world’s population accounts for just 5 % of the global income. The richest 20% accounts for three-quarters of the world’s income.
- The top 20 % of the world’s population consumes 86 % of the world’s goods.
Hunger in the world
- Roughly 1 of 4 children in developing countries is underweight.
- Some 350 to 400 million children are hungry.
- About 1 in 7 worldwide–854 million people–do not have enough food to sustain them.
- Approximately 25,000 people die each day of hunger or its related causes–about 9 million people per year.
If these statics bother you, pick up the book and read it. Your life may never be the same again.