Did you know that almost half the world – that’s three billion people – live on less than $2.50 a day?

Poverty is a current global issue, and places like many African countries, India, and some Asian countries are going through deep poverty. Before I go deeper into this issue, let’s see a definition of poverty.

1. the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Synonyms: privation, neediness, destitution, indigence, pauperism, penury. Antonyms: riches, wealth, plenty.

2. deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil. Synonyms: thinness, poorness, insufficiency.

So basically that’s saying, having little or no money, food and water, goods, shelter, or clothing.

What causes Poverty?

Poverty is caused by low income, something bad that has happened in the country that has caused not much money in the area, and peoples’ finances.

Who is responsible for poverty?

No one person is responsible. We as a whole are. These third world countries have not developed yet, and therefore there is no money flow.

What can we do to help?

One of the main things we can can do is to educate ourselves about the problem. Here are a few sites-

You can also donate to websites like World Vision Australia, the Red Cross foundation, buy merchandise from the ‘Make Poverty History’ website (you’ve probably seen the white wrist bands somewhere) and many more.

What does my school do?


My school (Clairvaux Catholic School) is paired up with the Cotton on Foundation to support Mannya, Uganda a country in Africa. My school runs a fundraiser every year, called the lapathon. We run laps around the oval, and the community can donate money per lap, or a basic amount. It is basically a sponsor. Then this money goes to my school’s sister school in Mannya, and the parish. You can find out more here. You can also read our school blog posts Mannya and From Mannya to Clairvaux.

Watch this short video I made about poverty.


Poverty on PhotoPeach

What do you do to support poverty? Leave a comment below.

This was for the student blogging challenge 6.

Stay Posted,

Gemma xx








3 thoughts on “Poverty

  1. Hi Gemma,
    You have presented a very informative, yet moving post on the issue of poverty in our world. By including information on how other people can help, you gave readers an opportunity to do this if they want.
    You researched your topic and had a good balance between information, images and links to find out more. The PhotoPeach slideshow images were well chosen and matched with appropriate music.
    All images, information, music etc. was chosen from copyright friendly sites and correctly attributed.
    A very thoughtful post.
    Mrs N

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