There is more than just one type of poverty, “Not having enough food to eat, clean water or shelter. Having no power or voice. It leaves you without safety and security, and it can affect you even more, depending on your gender, race or where you were born”- Oxfam.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling says, “Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression... humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts...to pride yourself.”
Someone living in extreme poverty means that they only have $1.90 a day to spend on all of their basic needs. This is a real issue that affects around 735 million people worldwide.
We aren’t here to sugar coat anything, but did you know that most of the worlds’ efforts work to end this type of poverty and 250,000 people are taken out of extreme poverty every day?
Perhaps you have never thought about it, but there is something called relative poverty which is harder to battle. Relative poverty is what happens when a person does not meet the needs to maintain the standard of living in their country. For example, they lack a stable income, access to education, or government support. It can be those who suffer from substance abuse, have a disability or mental illnesses. This also affects unwanted migrants and illegal refugees who do not have access to government resources.
What do we need to fight relative poverty? A system that supports people who lack a home, stable income, and legal protection. The materials in this unit help you understand types of poverty and how important government support is to battling relative poverty. Watch the video called “The Teen Whose Family Can’t Afford To Buy Food: Professor Green Living in Poverty”. The 4-minute video tells the story of 14-year-old rapper turned documentary maker Professor Green (aka Stephen Manderson) from the UK.