Because you have the chance to find answers for many questions, let’s stop the ignorance and look at the world from a different angle. Put the problems on the table, let’s talk about inconvenient topics, let’s figure out together what we can do, make actions because we have enough armchair activists and philosophers around us but these issues need actions, we need to understand and work shoulder to shoulder with the poor and stand up for someone else’s rights.
Some facts that might disturb you:
Is this fair?
If you think yes, this is not your program!
The 10th of December 2019 marks 71 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted and still we need to talk about the same issues again and again.
Governments fails to respect the rule of law and human rights. They are increasingly hostile to journalists and critics and engage in anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, and xenophobic rhetoric including publicly funded campaigns around Europe.
Three years after the EU Brexit referendum, the issue is causing deep strain to the country’s politics and constitutions in ways that put the institutions that protect human rights at risk. On the domestic front, a growing reliance on food banks is linked to austerity budget cuts and a welfare system overhaul that undermine the rights of the poorest families.
“An estimated 14.3 million people are in poverty in the UK. 8.3 million are working-age adults, 4.6 million are children, and 1.3 million are of pension age. Around 22% of people are in poverty…”
Do you like to travel? Let’s look around the world:
Poverty and economic inequality are pressing human rights problems in the United States,
For many residents living in poverty, certain human rights are out of reach. They may lack access to safe working conditions, housing, education, health services or clean water and basic sanitation. They may be unable to participate in political life or vindicate their rights in court due to poverty. They may also suffer unequal treatment or discrimination due to their status as poor.
The US military budget in 2019 was 686.1 Billion USD
Current estimates on poverty in the United States: The official poverty rate is 12.3 percent, based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 estimates. That year, an estimated 39.7 million Americans lived in poverty according to the official measure. According to supplemental poverty measure, the poverty rate was 13.9 percent.
The average poverty rate for sub-Saharan Africa stands at about 41 percent, and of the world’s 28 poorest countries, 27 are in sub-Saharan Africa all with a poverty rate above 30 percent.
Approximately forty percent of children in Belize suffer from poverty, preventing them from accessing education, justice, security, and health.
In Ecuador on December 14, 2016 a police officer died, and several others were injured during a confrontation between the military and indigenous Shuar people in Morona Santiago province, when a small group of Shuar people attempted to take over a mining camp that they claim was built on ancestral lands without their consent.
And the list goes on, do you think it is right like this?
“The recently released Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 paints a mixed picture of global progress on extreme poverty eradication. On one hand, global poverty rates, measured as the proportion of people living below $1.90 a day, the international poverty line, have continued to decline. In 2018, an estimated 8.6 per cent of the world’s population was living in extreme poverty, down from about 28 per cent in 2000 and 16 per cent in 2010. Much of this decline is due to the rapid progress achieved in East Asia and South Asia.
China has virtually eliminated extreme poverty over the past three decades, while India also made big strides, particularly since the early 2000s. On the other hand, global progress has been highly uneven. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 40 per cent of the population are still living on less than $1.90 a day and the total number of extremely poor is significantly higher today than it was two decades ago.”
And we can continue almost endlessly. So an important question, what can I do about this?
The urge to reduce the poor to a set of clichés has been with us for as long as there has been poverty. The poor appear, in social theory as much as in literature, on turn lazy or enterprising, noble or thievish, angry or passive, helpless or self-sufficient. Many times, just an object of generalization.
So fair enough if you ask yourself, what can I do?
The problem seems too big, too intractable. It does, but believe it or not you can do something, we can all do something.
So consider this, there are two ways to continue your life, not to think about this problem and create a bobble around yourself protecting you from facing the reality; you can choose another channel on the tv, another radio station or just go to the other side of the road when you see a homeless person, or you will be one of us who says, I want to give a try because I believe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights wasn’t just a sign of fun, I believe all human beings have the same rights for a decent life wherever they were born, Belize, Burundi, Central African Republic, Malawi or anywhere else in the world.
We are running a program where you have the chance to talk about these issues, and most importantly you will have the chance to do something.
Begin the program in St Vincent with 3 months preparation followed by 6 Months Belize or Ecuador working as a volunteer with vulnerable communities; because we not just talk about problems but actually, we do something!
Be part of it, set your alarm!