2013 July what-is-poverty

What Is Poverty?

Current statistics indicate that nearly half the world’s population lives in poverty, defined as less than U.S. $2 a day. And that one in four people lives in extreme poverty, less than a $1.25.

But poverty is not just about a lack of money. It’s about a lack of opportunities, a lack of choices, a lack of access to all sorts of things that many of us consider essential to life.

Poverty is also about a lack of hope.

Poverty doesn’t have just one facet, and so we cannot fight poverty with just a single solution. And understanding this is at the core of Compassion’s holistic child development model.

Picture all the different aspects of your life — your family, your work, your home, your faith, your community — as spokes on a wheel. And then think about what might happen if one of those spokes were broken or missing. It’s no different for children living in poverty. As they develop and thrive, the spokes that make up their lives need to be strong and uniform. It’s what drives Compassion’s holistic approach, focusing on the spiritual, economic, social and physical needs of every child in our program.

There is no question that poverty is a complex matter. And so, solving it is complex, too. Complex but not impossible. We can end poverty. We are ending poverty one story at a time.