International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: How Can I Help?
This Sunday is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since the pandemic, poverty has increased tenfold, to alarming rates. In fact, in 2021, the number of people who find themselves in cases of extreme poverty as risen to between 143 and 163 million. With the world trying to rebuild itself after the devastating consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important to consider those who have landed in extreme poverty due to the ways the pandemic was handled economically. There’s still a long way to go, but together, by removing disadvantages and inequalities that a lot of these people face on a daily basis, we can help eradicate poverty.
There are many things that need to be addressed if world poverty is going to disappear for good. Educating people is a start, as is giving people access to clean water and sanitation. We also need to tackle gender inequality, ensuring that everyone has access to an education, and that young children are not used for child labor, or sold into slavery. But that can be a lot for the average person to take on alone, and actually, it’s sometimes the smallest steps that can help us achieve our biggest goals.
How Can I Help?
Shop Small & Buy Fairtrade
When we buy from multi-million dollar companies – the big ones, and you probably have an idea of who we mean already, you’re helping them flourish. And we all know by now that some of these huge companies don’t treat their employees with respect or pay them enough to live on. They also source their goods the cheapest ways possible, which often means you end up inadvertently supporting child labor.
Shopping small – your local grocer or butcher, or an independent retailer, for example, is a great way to keep your money going into good things. Small businesses need as much help as possible these days too, so why not do two good deeds in one, support your local business owner, and stop providing the big companies with your hard earned cash.
Buying Fair Trade products is also a great way to help fund underpriveliged people. When you buy Fair Trade, you’re helping improve the lives of farmers and workers, improving working conditions, and helping put a stop to child labor. These are all the Fair Trade products that you can buy to help support this incredible movement.
Donate Unwanted Food & Clothing
Many of us are guilty of hoarding old clothes that we no longer wear, and letting cans of non-perishable food items go to waste by leaving them at the back of the cupboard or pantry. If you’re smiling to yourself or nodding along, chances are you know exactly what we mean.
Why not have a proper clear-out of your wardrobe and donate any unwanted items to someone who could really use them? Collect the clothes that are still wearable (no holes or tears!), wash and dry them, then donate them to a charity or thrift store so that someone else can make good use of them. It’s that simple. Plus, you’ll be helping the environment and taking a stand against Fast Fashion whilst you do it, so you’ll be helping to put a stop to child labor in more than one way.
The same goes for your old cans of soup and packets of seasoning that have been sat in the pantry for a long time. Collect everything you don’t mind giving away together, check the dates are still good, and send them off to a food bank, where you’ll help feed people who can’t always afford to give their families enough food.
Donate any spare cash
With everything that’s happened over the past year or so, not many of us have the extra cash to spend so freely, but even the tiniest amount of spare change can make a huge difference and impact people’s lives for the better. You can even give donations online, so you can choose exactly how much you wish to donate. Websites like Save the Children, Oxfam International, CARE International and Self Help Africa are great organizations who put great efforts into helping those in need.
Speak Up for Those in Need
Creating awareness is something that we can all do freely, especially now thanks to social media, which gives us our own platform to talk about whatever we please.
You can raise awareness by retweeting important tweets, or reposting Instagram posts, LinkedIn posts and Facebook Posts to your channel. The wider messages are spread, the more impact they have on people, it’s a fact. Use your channels for good, and show people that poverty is really something we all need to change. Why not even make your own posts and share them with your friends and family?
You can also sign up to websites who support change, and read their monthly or weekly newsletters so you’re always in the loop about how the world is changing for the better. This is a great way to stay informed and to use your voice for those in need.
Do you have any tips for supporting change and ending world poverty? Let us know in the comments and tell us how you’re going to help change the world, one step at a time.