Amazing Kids! Magazine

Poverty

By Aryaman Sheth, Photography Editor

 

Poverty represents a poor quality of life, in which people suffer due to illiteracy, unemployment, and malnutrition. Poverty is rampant in developing countries, and it prevents these countries from revolutionizing at the pace of their peers. Poverty ultimately causes hindrances in the life of the common man, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Causes of Poverty

  1. Growing Population: Believing that more members in the family mean more working hands (without realizing that that also means more mouths to feed), those from the lower strata of society continue to have children who do not receive nutrition or education.
  2. Illiteracy: Those who are illiterate cannot get jobs and thus do not get adequate money to support their families. This leads to yet another generation who does not have access to education and cannot become literate.
  3. Unemployment: Those who are illiterate do not get jobs or jobs which pay well and thus struggle to earn a living.
  4. Corruption: Due to corrupt and petty government/police officials, the poor keep getting poorer and the rich, richer. Thus, corruption is a key villain for the rise in poverty.
  5. Fluctuation in Agricultural Produce: Being an agriculture-dependent country, the majority of the Indian population struggles to earn money when there is drought.

Effects of Poverty

  1. Illiteracy: Poverty causes people to be unable to receive a proper education due to a lack of money.
  2. Malnutrition: Due to less income, those stricken by poverty often do not get two square meals a day; this lack of food leads to suffering from malnutrition.
  3. Child Labor: Child labor leads to illiteracy because when poor families send their children to work and earn money, these children do not have the opportunity to study.
  4. Diseases: When people cannot afford proper medicine or vaccines, diseases run rampant. Diseases can also be caused by the quality of water and food.
  5. Social Tension: Poverty causes social tension as there is an increasingly wide income disparity between the rich and the poor.

We as students are more than aware of the situation people in our country are facing. We see signs of this often—from when we are in our cars going from place to place, to when people with babies approach us begging for food and money. This personally moves me, and I feel that as educated people, we have the power to help those less fortunate than we.

Ways We Can Help the Less Fortunate

  1. We can sell old things which we don’t need anymore but which are in good condition and use that money to distribute food amongst people.
  2. In school we can start an initiative in which we can collect money used to help children receive education as well as food.
  3. Children can request their parents to monthly give their staff, be it a peon or a domestic house worker, money so that they can educate their children to a point where the children may themselves be able to get degrees and earn some money.
  4. If we are also struggling financially, we can request food packets as birthday gifts and give those to the people who do not receive food. Even money which our grandparents and family members give us can be used to help poor children receive education or food aid.

I believe, on seeing the number of opportunities bestowed upon us, children who may not be as financially sound should also have the right to these opportunities. They should have the right to read, write, imagine, create, dream, and most importantly, live. Live, and not merely survive. All people deserve to live life happily without any economic drawbacks and to be able to search for better opportunities.

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