By: Mackenzie Scutti

What is Poverty?

Poverty is not having enough money to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. It also is not participating in any activities, not being able to send your child on a field trip, or not being able to pay for medication to treat an illness


The World Bank Organization describes poverty in this way:

“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time.

Poverty has many faces, changing from place to place and across time, and has been described in many ways. Most often, poverty is a situation people want to escape. So poverty is a call to action -- for the poor and the wealthy alike -- a call to change the world so that many more may have enough to eat, adequate shelter, access to education and health, protection from violence, and a voice in what happens in their communities.”

What People Think of Poverty

Lack of basic necessities

"I can afford only cheap food; fruit and vegetables to feed children is too expensive; fish is not affordable; “healthy food” is too expensive for me” “The problem is not that we run out off money occasionally. The real problem is that we live our entire lives this way and our children grow up into this too”


“I have lost friends as I cannot participate in their activities; even to participate in self-help groups needs money and time; I’m short of money and time to participate in discussions”

Fear for one's children

“It is impossible for me to invite the friends of my children at home, because my home is so small. So my children at their turn are not invited any more. Thus they become also excluded. We are obliged to lead a hidden life.”

“My children will inherit my poverty.”

Everyone should contribute and help pull the nation's individuals out of poverty


Poverty is about not having enough money for the basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. The poor are exposed to greater personal and environmental risks. Living in poverty leads to malnourished children, no access to health care which could lead to more severe issues such as disease or illness. Poverty is negatively impacting society because of social tension and could divide a nation because of the issue of inequality. Poverty could destabilize an entire country. Individuals that live in poverty often feel isolated since they can't provide for their children what is being provided for other's children. They often feel that once they are in poverty they no longer have as much access to information. Children suffer the most when born into poverty. There chances of attending school and receiving an education are limited since most children will be put into labor to help their parents. Most children will lack hygiene and will be more susceptible to diseases. Almost half the population of the world live in poverty. In order to fight poverty we as Americans is to get as many people involved even including the people living in poverty. We should create an organization that individual people come together as one and collaborate to help strengthen and empower more people to get involved. Collecting donations and not just money donations. People could donate food they are not going to eat and clothes that they aren't going to wear. Little things make a big difference in a situation like this. Everything will help. Poverty won't go away in a day so having making sure that people know and understand this so they stay focused on the issue and motivated to fight it.

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