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Poverty is the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions.

1 out of every 6 people in the world live in poverty. Wealth Divide

Over 150 million kids in poor countries have stunted growth, largely due to malnutrition.

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Childre in Poverty Poverty is general scarcity, dearth, or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money.

Extreme Poverty is characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. International poverty line of $1.25/day (in 2005 prices), set by the World Bank. But using just money as a indicator of poverty is foolishly ignorant and extremely criminal.

Ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, corruption or economic ignorance. Disparities

Impoverished is being poor enough to need help from others. Destroyed financially. Make poor. Take away.

Relative Deprivation is the lack of resources to sustain the diet, lifestyle, activities and amenities that an individual or group are accustomed to or that are widely encouraged or approved in the society to which they belong. Measuring relative deprivation allows an objective comparison between the situation of the individual or group compared to the rest of society. Relative deprivation may also emphasize the individual experience of discontent when being deprived of something to which one believes oneself to be entitled, however emphasizing the perspective of the individual makes objective measurement problematic.

Disadvantaged are individuals or groups of people who face special problems such as physical or mental disability. Lack money or economic support. Are politically deemed to be without sufficient power or other means of influence.

Social Services
Geography of Poverty

A Slum is an informal settlement with inadequate access to safe water, inadequate access to sanitation and infrastructure, Poor structural quality of housing, densely populated with overcrowding, and too many individuals living under the same roof, inadequate safety and Security. Dirty Water and Poor Nutrition. Lacking access to Education and valuable Knowledge and Information that could help people in need understand their situation better so that they can solve the problems they are faced with and have more control and more power over their lives. This is why Education is one of the Big 5.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 - PDF

In 2013, fewer than 800 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day. Extreme Poverty?
Access To Mobile Devices Is Higher Than Access To Water And Electricity.

"Just because a person is poor, that doesn't mean that the person doesn't have big dreams, or that their soul isn't rich, they're like everyone else, except poor people are victims of circumstance, which is another word for corruption." Circumstance is a condition in life that is influenced some event or activity. A set of facts that surround your situation.

Providing everyone in poverty with a free high quality education could end most poverty in 15 years, and completely end poverty in 30 years. People have the ability to learn how to solve their problems. But people need high quality knowledge and information to accomplish this. So people need to Read and Comprehend what they are reading. People will first start out by securing healthy food and and clean water. Then they will build healthy and clean temporary housing as they work on a new city near by. Then people will be employed to make the necessary products that everyone needs to live. As people become more educated, then they will be able to do more, like provide healthcare, keeping people safe, create currency, providing necessities and so on. Everyone will work because there will always be work to do. Maintenance and Responsibilities are numerous. But this only works when everyone has access to valuable knowledge and information. There is no other road and there is no other way, knowledge is our path, our future, our savior.

Poor people are very capable of living a beautiful life in harmony. But when the rich and powerful keep people in poverty from learning how to live in peace, then the poor can not escape the shackles of poverty. Everyone on the planet can have everything they need, but when too many people want more then they need, then people will continue to suffer and die. So not only do we need to fully educate the poor, more importantly, we need to fully educate the rich and powerful too.

Living has to be affordable, if not, then life is not affordable, and if life is not affordable that means that someone is stealing more then they need. The cost of living can't be more then what it costs life. If profit causes people to suffer and die, then that's not profit, that's murder, that's theft, that's just totally freaking stupid.

Images of Poverty Hypercities

The Fourth World (2012)
One out of six human beings lives in a very hidden world--the world of slums. Shot on five continents, this eye-opening film takes viewers deep inside a hidden world, at once both tragic and inspiring. Documentary award winner at 20+ film festivals.
Aired: 08/10/2012 |  54 min. 

The Slum - Episode 1: Deliverance (youtube, Al Jazeera English, 1 of 6 vides)

3 reasons why we can win the fight against poverty: Andrew Youn: (video and interactive text)
Finish Poverty.org
One Acre Fund.org

America's Poverty

14.7 Million Children in America live under poverty. In the U.S., a baby is born into poverty every 32 seconds. And by the end of the day, 1,837 children will have been confirmed as being either abused or neglectedChildren's Defense The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation. Americans are living below the Poverty Line.

The number of Poor People Living in High-Poverty Areas has been Growing Fast 

How Poverty Taxes the Brain Scientists have discovered that being poor actually impairs our cognitive abilities.

Taxed to Death

Distributive Justice concerns the nature of a socially just allocation of goods in a society. A society in which incidental inequalities in outcome do not arise would be considered a society guided by the principles of distributive justice. The concept includes the available quantities of goods, the process by which goods are to be distributed, and the resulting allocation of the goods to the members of the society.

Human Development Index

Capability Approach is knowing what individuals are able to do (i.e., capable of).

Transformation Problem is the problem of finding a general rule by which to transform the "values" of commodities (based on their socially necessary labour content, according to his labour theory of value) into the "competitive prices" of the marketplace.

Problem Solving

Social Development Resource
Reducing Poverty through Enterprise
UK Students campaigning on World Poverty, Human Rights and the Environment
Economic Justice and an End to Global Poverty

Statistical Information Produced by the Federal Government - PDF


Economic Inequality is the difference found in various measures of economic well-being among individuals in a group, among groups in a population, or among countries. Economic inequality is sometimes called income inequality, wealth inequality, or the wealth gap. Economists generally focus on economic disparity in three metrics: wealth, income, and consumption. The issue of economic inequality is relevant to notions of equity, equality of outcome, and equality of opportunity.

Nepotism is based on favoritism granted to relatives in various fields, including business, politics, entertainment, sports, religion and other activities.


The Poverty Line
Living On One Dollar

Settlement Movement was a reformist social movement, beginning in the 1880s and peaking around the 1920s in England and the US, with a goal of getting the rich and poor in society to live more closely together in an interdependent community. Its main object was the establishment of "settlement houses" in poor urban areas, in which volunteer middle-class "settlement workers" would live, hoping to share knowledge and culture with, and alleviate the poverty of, their low-income neighbors. The "settlement houses" provided services such as daycare, education, and healthcare to improve the lives of the poor in these areas.

Living with Less

Survival Tips 

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through research and active engagement.

Educating the poor not only reduces the amount of Preventable Causes of Death, it also increases their potential and value.

"If the number one cause of death is ignorance, then the number one cure is knowledge."

"When there are no plans to improve things, things gradually get worse."

We don't need a wall at the border because we have radar, motion sensors, high resolution cameras and thermal imaging systems to see at night. All you need is one integrated tower every mile or so. But even then, we still need more communication, because this problem can't be solved with walls, camera's, or laws. It must be solved by working together.

Environmental Monitoring

205,000 vehicles cross the Texas - Mexico border everyday on just one U.S. border.

About 11.8 million people live in the U.S.-Mexico border area. On average, there are 700,000 to 850,000 new unauthorized migrants arriving annually by all modes of entry. An estimated 6.2 million (or 56 percent) of all unauthorized migrants are from Mexico. 2004, 12,338 trucks crossed the border daily, up 63 percent from FY 1994. In 2004, there was an average of 660,000 passenger crossings per day across 35 points of entry (POEs) on the 1,952-mile border between the United States and Mexico. Crossings by personal vehicles rose 43 percent between 1995 and 1999 and then fell 21 percent (to 191 million) by 2004. Almost 20 percent of passenger crossings into the United States from Mexico in 2004 were made on foot, while bus crossings only constituted 1.4 percent (3.4 million) of crossings from Mexico. In 2004 there were over 20 million pedestrian crossings in Texas alone. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics) Of the approximately 11,000 Border Patrol agents, 89 percent work along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Poverty in America is Increasing in 2015

America Ranks almost last in Child Poverty Rates

Things we need to help people avoid without infringing Freedom
Vagrancy, Vagabond, Hobo, Loitering, Squatting, Homelessness

Every second, the urban population grows by 2 people, 200,000 people move into cities everyday.
A Megacity is 20 million or more.

Water and Sanitation: A human right for all, even slum-dwellers and the homeless

"Poor people are living proof that people are good. Even when they have no access to a good education, they are still some of the nicest people on the planet. It's the people who are supposedly educated who are doing 90% of all the damage, and doing 90% of all the killing. This is the main reason why we must create a high quality education that is available to everyone. Imagine if everyone had a high quality education. Imagine?"  I have, Here comes the Sun.

Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up (ft. Kate Bush) (youtube)

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail
No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose
Don't give up
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good
Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn
Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We don't need much of anything
Don't give up
'Cause somewhere there's a place
Where we belong
Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up
'Got to walk out of here
I can't take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's flowing
Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs
Don't give up
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not the only one
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know it's never been easy
Don't give up
'Cause I believe there's the a place
There's a place where we belong

The Thinker Man