Fighting Poverty may sound something governments should be doing; we may think is their responsibility. But the truth is that we all should start doing something to help, either we understand or not what causes global poverty, it is a crucial part of the process implementing effective solutions to help eradicate the problem.
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The principal causes of Poverty are simple to name. Discrimination and social inequality, war and political instability, national debt, history and vulnerability to natural disasters have made this huge problem affect 80 percent of the World, and all the terrible statistics shows worst results.
But, here’s tips everybody can do to start marking a difference.
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Let’s fight poverty!
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Other than the money, you can donate food, clothing, toilette items, old furniture, toys and books to local shelters and programs.
Is incredible the kind of thing in a good state we throw to the garbage.
And is even more incredible the use other people in severe poverty conditions can do to these items.
These donations help people in straitened circumstances.
Also, find specific organizations that work to fight poverty and give.
And, donations to your local and global organizations are incredibly important.
So, whether it’s a small amount or a giant lump sum, anything helps much.
Besides, many of these organizations rely on donations to survive and do some community service.
Is really important to give nutritious meals to the poor and needy people.
And, donating groceries can help end the hunger of poor, many times is hard to even afford a single time meal for themselves and their family, so donating food will make their stomach fill and stay healthy.
So, be aware of not wasting food or throwing it, it is better to give it to a person in need.
We can fight poverty with our old belongings.
Also, everything could work, from old clothes to appliances, furniture, and other materials.
So, it’s time to rummage through your belongings and give them away to the needy.
Donating does help the poor people and makes a difference to those who needs such stuff.
Besides, donating clothes, especially in the winter when the weather is too cold, is a great help to the those who really don’t have anything to wear in that season.
And, if you want to give money, make sure you know where is going.
It’s always better to be sure that the organization is actually helping people.
#2 Fund-raise to Fight Poverty
One of the ways to fight poverty is a fundraising event.
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So, you can join the fundraiser community or engage himself or herself with some organization who are involved in raising funds for the poor and people in need.
They can join various activities and plan various strategies for fundraising.
Like, help in creating awareness in the society through various modes, conduct various shows like road shows, etc.
Some or the groups even organize activities and become an active member of an organization’s board or membership.
And, fundraising can involve donating items for free and holding auctions for those items.
Besides, you may want to help the cause but just don’t have anything to spare? In that case:
- Make a fundraising plan.
- Host activities,
- Write letters, or even
- Raise donations specifically for global poverty resolution.
#3 Volunteer to Fight Poverty
Now it’s time to get involved in the most efficient possible way.
Be a volunteer, take your time and energy to something that matters, something that helps it will be worth living.
So, whether it’s something as simple as serving food at a shelter or as a missionary overseas, you can be sure you are helping most directly those in need.
But, these are not the only things you can offer as one, besides, there's so many benefits of volunteering.
There are tons of ways to help out in your community through direct action.
Ask at your local religious organization, or non-profit. Check out programs at your local library and see if they need help.
There are many groups that you can work with: children, the elderly, the mentally ill, the homeless, women.
You just need to decide which group you want to focus on.
You could start-up a local community garden and teach courses on how to grow sustainable food.
Is large the number of people who are poor and can’t afford to buy much products.
So teaching them a sustainable and cheap way to grow their own food, could help ease some of that vitamin deficiency, one of the causes of malnutrition.
And, you can work in shelters, soup kitchens, community centers, at after-school programs, and employment centers.
This could be part of the achievement of the sustainable development goals established by the United Nations.
#4 Help an individual and leave your judgment behind
We have told you 3 things you can do to fight poverty and make an incredible difference in your community.
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And this one is the last but the most significant for that person in need.
Helping one person can make a small change for the better but a big one to the world.
So, if you see someone who needs help, talk to them.
Don’t mind to offer your help, but don’t be condescending or judgmental.
And, try to help them find a place like a shelter or a soup kitchen.
But, ignoring the poverty around you, or making judgment calls about the people in poverty, is a surefire way to do nothing to help.
You don't know how that person got into poverty and you don't know what they are going to use their money for.
We all can do incredible things for the person next to us, the only thing we need is commitment and willing. We are not worry about your heart, because if you are reading this, means your good heart is already volunteer.
As we think, share this post with your heart and help other to find their ways of fight poverty.
Each help counts, let’s start today. Don’t forget to comment your impressions of how you’re fighting poverty in your community.