Poverty in Central America

Let's work together to end poverty in Central America!

For years now, Central America, which consists of the countries: Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, has been considered one of the poorest regions in the world. In Central America, around half of the population lives below the poverty line, but what does this widespread poverty look like? For many of those living in poverty, it means that they lack access to basic necessities. These basic needs include things like clean drinking water, proper housing, plumbing, and their daily nutritional needs. And what is behind this devastating poverty? Injustices in the social structures within each of these countries.
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Reasons Behind Injustices

  1. Political Corruption/Instability
  2. Economic Instability
  3. Lack of Support For Those Living In Poverty
  4. The Overlooking Of People's Basic Needs and Rights
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The graph above shows the poverty rates in Central and Latin America based on the percent of the population living in poverty. As you can see, between 1990 and 2005, the poverty rate has declined, but since 2005, the percent of the population living below the poverty line in Central America has stalled out at about 50%.

How Can You Help?

Be an advocate for change! Fixing the poverty crisis in Central America takes more than just simply donating money. While works of charity help to temporarily fix the problem, the only way to fix the persistent poverty in Central America is to change the social structures within these countries. This is achieved through encouraging leadership, community, empowerment, confidence, and dignity in those communities. Being an advocate for this cause is as simple as clicking the "Advocate For A Change" button below, and sending an email to the President, calling on him to take action and work to fix the social injustices taking place in Central America.

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