Imagine All The People….

A tremendous effort is being made today, Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty, to bring world-wide attention to the rampant poverty that exists in our world. Over 12,000 bloggers, podcasters, and videocasters from around the globe are committing their thoughts and energies to educating their readers, listeners, and viewers about the plague of poverty. It is our desire that we become more aware of and better educated about poverty and then engage in greater efforts – locally and gloabally – to eradicate poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

There are many government, non-profit, and faith organizations around the world that are, and have been, faithfully and tirelessly working to bring relief and aid to those who are poor, hungry, and without shelter. They provide food, housing, education, job training, and assistance in the creation of micro-businesses that will benefit individuals and communities. They seek to positively impact, change, and initiate government and public policies and programs that will advocate for and benefit those who reside in the “other” world of poverty.

Four of those organizations can be found under the heading of “Poverty” on this blog’s sidebar to the right. There are many others that can be found, in your community and around the world, simply by doing a Yahoo! or Google search.

One website that has provided me with quick and reliable information regarding poverty and related topics is the Global Issues website. There you’ll find information and articles about the causes of poverty, poverty around the world, poverty facts and statistics, and much more.

Here are some poverty facts and information found on the Global Issues website that should stir our hearts with compassion and motivate us to action on behalf of the world’s impoverished:

  • About half the world – over three billion people – live on less than $2.50 US a day
  • The poorest 40% of the world’s population accounts for 5% of global income. The richest 20% accounts for three-quarters of world income
  • According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty
  • Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation
  • There are 2.2 billion children in the world. One billion live in poverty
  • 10.6 million children died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5
  • 1.4 million children die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation
  • 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized
  • Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thrids of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific
  • In 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%
  • The world’s billionaires – just 497 people (approximately o.000008% of the world’s population) were worth $3.5 trillion (over 7% of world GDP)
  • 51% of the world’s 100 wealthiest bodies are corporations

(The facts that I have just shared with you, along with all of the information on the GI website, are documented and obtained from entities and organizations such as the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Institute for Policy Studies.)

My prayer is that as I reflect on the all of the blessings that my family and I have – good health, adequate and nourishing meals each day, comfortable housing, clothes for the different seasons, and reasonable income – that I will be more alert and sensitive to the physical, financial, and life needs of those around me. And that I will personally do what I can to help meet people’s needs, to be an advocate for the poor, and to help bring about legislative and structural change that will promote the welfare and betterment of all those who reside as “citizens” in the “other” world of poverty.

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