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By Arianna Malloy
Student Writer 

Poverty

STUDENT SPEAK OUT

 

October 31, 2019

Poverty unfortunately is a world issue that affects all people of every race, nationality, and regardless of religion. Poverty is known as the state of being poor. When people become poor, they can sometimes become homeless.These people sometimes live on the street, under the freeway or anywhere they can find shelter with their families.

There are several causes of poverty. Some causes are natural disasters, unemployment, and family issues. Again, poverty unfortunately is not just a local issue, it's world-wide.

Nevertheless, everyone should and could do something about poverty. People in their communities should give out something called "A Blessing Bag". In the blessing bag they would get a bag full of items donated for the homeless to keep. In these blessing bags there will be items used not only for the winter, but for their basic needs. These things include: a toothbrush, deodorant, mouthwash, band aids, snacks, socks, hand warmers, and change. If people donated, it would help the homeless through the winter.

Furthermore, we can bring awareness to this poverty issue to make a difference. First, we can get several schools to raise money and maybe adopt a family in need. We can also use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to create campaigns to raise awareness. We can create a Go Fund Me account to raise money to help them reach the next level. The next level will include clothes for job interviews, money for the purchase of a home, etc.

Lastly, if the issue of poverty doesn't get solved, we should still do all that we can. Did you know that 50% or 3 billion people of the world population lives on less than $2.50 per day? Also,1 in 3 or 640 million children live without adequate shelter. As a result of these statistics, many people will continue to be in danger. Along with the Blessing Bags there are other strategies we can use to try to make a difference. We could visit homeless people, provide money, donate clothes and food.

What will you do to help?

Arianna is a 6th grade student and has a passion for fighting against poverty.

 

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