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May 18, 2012 Poverty! Can We End It????
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should we ask ourselves instead: Do We Want To End It????? That is most likely
the better question. If we think that this then should be the better question,
it must then be followed up with: “What should I be doing to help?”
honestly think that it is now within our reach to eradicate poverty from our
world. The statistics don’t lie, they remind us clearly the suffering that
world poverty causes. We must continually be reminded that a billion people
struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for a cappuccino or latte,
or even a bottled water. This week I committed to the Live
Below The Line a
challenge to live for 5 days on just $2 a day. (This is half what I paid for a
takeaway coffee the previous week) I agree that much inroads have and are being
made by many wonderful people, companies and governments, it is also true to say
that nearly ten million children under 5 years old still die each year
2012 Daily this figure is
Issues which is about the
size of an average crowd to an NRL game on a Saturday night.
brings us to the dilemma that faces us in the lucky developed world. You and I
have this profound choice: Do we turn our backs on 1/5 of the world’s
population because we don’t like what we see or do we face the choice head on
and therefore become part of the solution. A solution that says children should
not die because they don’t have enough to eat or clean water to drink; not die
due to preventable illnesses like measles, malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea; or
because of lack of adequate shelter.
you see a child drowning in a pool, your first instinct is to save him/her. No
questions, no pondering, no choice, it’s automatic. While this child and this
situation is not the same as seeing a child dying of malaria or diarrhoea, the
principle is nevertheless the same. A child’s life can be, and is, saved.
But what stops us? There is only one child drowning in the pool and when
we have saved him/her, we have solved the problem and, apart from remembering
about it, we do not need to think more about it. But, with millions dying from
poverty-related causes, saving one child does not save the problem. This is
daunting for most of us. We feel that trying to do anything is futile. This is a
huge mistake in our thinking. We don’t have to save everyone, imagine if the
22million population of Australia saved one child each: that’s 22 million that
would still be alive.
Satoro said: “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” And
likewise “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the
ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Saving one
child is no less important because there are many others we cannot save.
what can you and I do to help end this complex issue of world poverty. We must
be evoked by the alarming statistics surrounding poverty, so we can’t try to
justify ignoring their plight. We must become compassionate for the hungry
child, whose name we don’t know or face we can’t see, thousands of
kilometres away from us as we would for a drowning child right in front of us.
can provide clean water and sanitation to a village; we can provide bed-nets to
reduce malaria; we can provide immunization to prevent measles; we can help
people in many ways. We can be bolder and embark on poverty reducing enterprise.
We just need to WANT to! We have a MORAL obligation to help.
can complain and protest loudly about petrol prices, pay rises, economic
downturns and the like, but we somehow find money for the takeaway coffee,
football admittance, concert tickets, iPads, movie hire and even bottled water.
Bottled water, even when we have safe tap water. Just these few things could
amount to $600 and the water maybe $3.50. The bottled water is probably more
than many families live on for an entire day.
can change our thinking. We can end poverty. We just need to say that we want
to. I am one drop, Peter can be one drop, Jan can be one drop, Steve can be one
drop, Alicia can be one drop, Matthew can be one drop……will you be one drop