Trying to Survive in Poverty
Poverty, as defined by economics, is a state or condition in which a person or community lacks the financial resources and essentials to enjoy a minimum standard of life and well-being that’s considered acceptable in society.
For example, access to Water for everyday living is a struggle for 783 million people, who do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not even have access to adequate sanitation. Due to the lack of infrastructure in most countries, 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
Poorer countries, also lack modern energy services to fuel their houses, because they lack access to electricity and clean cooking facilities, that helps prevents air pollution in houses, that causes chronic diseases.
Over, 38 countries in Africa, children live without electricity; yet without the continent’s natural resources, many nation’s economically or socially, would be facing a crisis.
The World’s 20 Poorest countries reveals some key evidence, in where we need to start to help children.
The World's 20 Poorest Countries
|8. Sao Tome and Principe||66.2||24.0||60.5|
|10. Democratic Republic of the Congo||63.0||31.0||16.4|
|19. South Sudan||50.6||9.0||5.1|
Resource: The World Factbook
More Bad News From Africa
The effect of poverty is most profound in Africa, where governments are still struggling to develop infrastructure, due to poor negotiated deals with other governments and international investors. (More information, about those Trade Agreement)
14 of the World’s 20 Poorest countries are from Africa. 2 from Central America, 1 from North America, 1 from the Caribbean, and two from the Middle East.
The chart shows, 13 countries populations are without running electricity, and another 14 nation’s that do not have access to clean water, for half their children.
Syria, the country with the highest poverty rate; is actively involved in a civil war. Which has caused massive human rights violations.
What We’ve Learned
To address, why children are not attending school. Poverty, no doubt, is a major factor. To help us understand, where to begin in finding solutions.
So our final conclusion to this problem is.
Without government’s investment or support, billions of lives, will not reach their full potential. But instead, repeat a vicious cycle that will produce illiterate adults, high unemployment rates, and increase the pattern of raising a new generation of children living in poverty.