Global poverty in the world isbecoming a very serious issue today. Many countries around the world lackaccess to healthy food and water, electricity, health services, and to primaryeducation. This is not only affecting the generation now but it will alsoaffect the future generations of these insolvent countries. Many countriesaround the world are living a profligate lifestyle while there are many morecountries struggling to find water or food for a day.
The United States isspending thousands and millions of dollars on things that they really do notneed. They could be spending this money by helping poor countries gain accessto water, food, electricity, or education. Millions of people are living inpoverty around the world and many people seem to still be ignoring it. Globalpoverty is consuming the lives of many children and adults as well. The lack ofaccess to healthy food and water is affecting future generations from growingand developing into regular kids. Also, the lack of the simplest educationleads to poverty.
This is because of the expensive costs of education. Globalpoverty is eating away at the world, we can help these countries by providingthem with the simple access to healthy food and water, electricity or educationthat we take advantage of every day.Global poverty is social justiceissue. It can be defined as the inability to afford essential goods andservices by having lower levels of income. The lack of access to healthy foodand water is detrimental to many countries. Many adults and children are dyingfrom starvation and malnutrition.
Around the world, 1.4 billion people areearning less than $1.25 a day.
According to UNICEF impoverished countries spend60-80% of their income on food while Americans spend less than 10%, there areapproximately 1.2 billion people that live without electricity and more than750 million people who lack adequate access to clean drinking water. It isestimated that 8 million children are dying from preventable diseases as wellas 29,000 children dying every day from these diseases (UNICEF).
The lack ofsimple health services is destroying the lives of many families. Corruptgovernment policies are causes of this issue and are affecting many peopletoday. Many people around the world today need to realize global povertybecause it gets worse every year. There are many children who live in extremepoverty as well. According to FINCA, it is estimated that 104 million childrenunder the age of 5 live in extreme poverty.
While it extends to 328 million thatlive in extreme poverty under the age of 18. Children are the ones who are mosteffected in poverty. Their bodies are still developing and growing which is whythey need as much food as possible. Children’s young bodies are less durable tothe effects of living without clean water, food, or healthcare. This leads tothe cause of many deaths in these impecunious countries. These problems are happening all around theworld.
Many countries lack the money to provide food or water for theirfamilies. When families do not have enough food, this creates children tobecome malnourished and suffering from developing and growing. Also, it createspeople to become weaker and even become sick. The lack of health services makespeople become even sicker and making those people unable to work.
This willcreate even more problems because they start to have no income. When they areunable to work they become poorer and sicker from the lack of food. These arelacks to simple conditions that many countries have but it is causing millionsof deaths to other countries around the world. As the population increases more and morepeople are suffering from poverty around the world. The lack of access toeducation is also affecting those in impoverished countries. 3rd worldcountries lack the funds for education, no teachers, classrooms, or learningmaterials for children, and as well as no education for children withdisabilities.
Many schools are not being built near villages or neighborhoodswhich can take a toll for many children going to school. Also, the food and thenutrition schools provide children is not enough for them. These things canprevent children from going to school. If children are not getting an educationthen they are lacking skills for work in the future. This then leads to notworking and gaining no income. The education in impoverished countries can helpchildren learn the basics of reading and writing, which will help them findjobs to support their families. If there are more schools this can help individualsto find jobs easier and maintain income for their families. A better way forchildren to get educated is if it was low cost.
Education is too expensive formany families to afford but if it was low cost or even free many more familieswould be able to enroll their children. Everyone human is created in the likenessand image of God so everyone has essential dignity. No one in the world shouldhave their dignity conceded. The dignity of the human person is imago Dei andGod does not want his creations to be destroyed. The poverty around the worldis making God’s creations lose what he created them to be. Poverty, hunger, andinjustice make it impossible to live a life that God has created for us. Thedignity of the human person is being violated with the immense povertycountries have. All nations must work together to find solutions to theseproblems and they must work towards saving imago Dei.
Global poverty hasaffected the dignity of the human person by their lack of access to healthyfood water, and access to health services. These things destroy a human’sdignity that was created to live a different life in God’s eyes. Anotherproblem that global poverty suffers from is the common good. The common good isthe goods we share in common that allows us to have a life of knowledge,beauty, arts, safe/clean environment, basic goods (food, water, clothing),infrastructure (roads, buildings, cities), and this is only possible ifeveryone works together. Every person should have sufficient access to thegoods and resources of society so that they can completely and easily livefulfilling lives.
The right of individuals to personal items and communityresources must be balanced with those who are impoverished. The common good isreached when we work together to improve the happiness of people in our societyand the entire world. If we follow social justice we could lead lives to belived fully and effortlessly. Contributive, distributive, commutative justicesplay an essential role in the common good. Contributive justice utilizes skillsto in developing the common good for individuals. Distributive justice is toparticipate in utilizing goods for the dignified persons.
These are violatedwhen a small part of individuals takes in the common good. Commutative justicewhich is the fairness and interaction between an equally dignified person andto not cheat the anyone. These justices help spread the common good to everyonein the world but it only works if everyone works together. Everyone has the right to participate indecisions that affect their lives. Subsidiarity requires that decisions aremade by the people closest and most affected by the issues and concerns of thecommunity. Social problems should be solved at the most urgent levels withoutinterference from national authority.
People who suffer from global povertyshould have interconnectedness that provides them with receiving the mosturgent care that they need. The Catholic social teaching should not allowimpoverished individuals to be dragged down by the government rules.Subsidiarity provides these impoverished countries to receive the food, water,and health services that they need. Charities and other small organizationsshould handle these problems because they know much more about the lives ofsuffering individuals. Much of the government has failed to reform systems fromproviding these countries with healthy access to food and water. These peoplein impoverished countries should be able to have a say on how they should betreated in their systems or when receiving help from others because it couldmeritoriously change their lives. Subsidiarity also ensures the fundamentalrights of education for all. This gives people the education to live findsuccessful jobs in providing for their families.
Solidarityshows that everyone belongs to one human family regardless where they are from.Everyone has an obligation to promote their rights and development as well asall of the people around the world. Everyone in the world should be reaching outto those who are marginalized. We must be loyal to providing sustainability toour entire family including those suffering from poverty. Individuals aroundthe world should support those in impoverished countries and provide thesepeople with the benefits they deserve to live imago Dei lives. Solidaritycontributes to the mutual support of others and gives penurious countries theability to support their future generations.
If there is no support for future generations there with be no one tosupport in the future because everyone would have left this world from thepoverty driving them out. Solidarity is concern for the most vulnerable people.This leads to the preferential option for the poor as caring for the poor iseveryone’s responsibility. Preferential care should be shown to the poor andall vulnerable people, whose needs and rights are being overlooked by everyone.
Reaching out to the poorest and most marginalized people can stipulate everyonewith happiness. Marginalization cuts of the contributive justice and disenablespeople from the common good. It could be based on ethnicity or religion butthis should not be allowed.
The preferential option for the poor givesindividuals the necessity of the common good with the help from everyone in theworld. It will take time and money to help the poorest people but if everyonecontributes it will save the lives of millions. As Christians of God, we can helpget rid of global poverty and reduce the impact it has on everyone. Manyorganizations and charities are providing these countries with the ability toaccess food, water, clothing, and health services.
This is saving the lives ofmillions of people. The simple donation can contribute to the life ofthousands. There are many organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, and CARE.
These organizations focus on the globalchallenges poverty, disease, and environmental pollution. We can support theseorganizations by helping them feed those lives of disadvantaged countries withwater, food, clothing, or health services. Another way to help act is throughthe Foreign Aid Budget which provides assistance to other countries that are inneed. The United States can provide millions of dollars to these countries inpoverty with the simple access to healthy food and water.
The Foreign AidBudget helps global poverty move out of existence. Another act would be theFarm Bill which has connected getting food on the plates of those countries inpoverty. The Farm Bill impacts the lives of broke countries because theirresources are agricultural products. This bill stops the destruction of thesefarms that are the only source of food for these penniless countries.
Global poverty is a great ordeal intoday’s world. Many people are acting as if it not a thing but many people arecontributing to the disaster. Through the analysis and keys points of theCatholic social teaching, we could destroy global poverty forever. We must worktogether as a country and as a world to stop this ridiculous cause.
The UnitedStates could save much more money instead of wasting it. We could help donateto global poverty even if it just a couple canned goods. This could save notthe life of just one but of thousands or even millions. Different bills andacts can lead others to contribute towards of effect of stopping globalpoverty. The only way global poverty could end is if everyone puts their mindstogether to help contribute and end this appalling cause.