Ending Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere
The most widely held and understood definition of extreme poverty, established by the World Bank, defines poverty in strictly economic terms — earning less than $1.90 a day. But poverty is more than the lack of money.
Poverty is hunger and malnutrition, lack of shelter, illiteracy, lack of access to medical care, social discrimination and an inability to provide for oneself and one’s family. Poverty is infant mortality and losing a child to disease brought about by dirty drinking water. Poverty is powerlessness and lack of representation and freedom.
Poverty is also at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal NUMBER ONE is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN in 2015, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), represents the global community’s efforts to transform the world. The goals represent the most comprehensive and ambitious poverty reduction plan the world has embarked upon.
The Sustainable Development Goals expand the scope of the world community’s previous efforts to eradicate poverty. The SDG are about ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
In 2000, when the UN adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) it identified eight contributors to human suffering:
The Sustainable Development Goals replace and build upon the MDG, seeking to transform a world that has changed since 2000. The interconnectivity and interdependence in today’s world requires a broader, more integrated and more comprehensive agenda.
All countries and all people must come together for the Agenda to be successful. Building a sustainable future means finding ways to meet the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
"Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty." — Father Joseph Wresinski
The Poverty Wheel and Highly Vulnerable Children
Wheels serve as a good visualization device for the problem of poverty around the world. A wheel’s hub represents absolute poverty, and the spokes represent the different needs of the extremely poor – social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, physical, and economic. The rim of the wheel represents a life fulfilled.
Our mission, to release children from poverty in Jesus' name, brings children in poverty from the hub to the rim.