Reflections

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By Holly Heil


Yesterday, I watched a Tedtalk called, “Three Reasons Why We Can Win the Fight Against Poverty” by Andrew Youn. I thought to myself, how can this possibly happen? Poverty is a huge, deeply rooted issue that has been around since the beginning of time. However, I was intrigued and then asked to myself , if the human race is so advanced in technology and science -achieving a lot like going to the moon and having cars that can drive themselves- why have we not been able to figure out the solution for poverty? How is it that there are numerous organizations across the world providing services to people living in poverty and today we still have over one billion people living in poverty?



Maybe part of the issue is that some believe that eliminating poverty globally is an overwhelmingly huge issue that will take multiple lifetimes to solve. Like my original mindset. But, what if there is a way to solve the issues underlying poverty within this lifetime? Maybe a key element in winning the battle against poverty is to start changing our mindset and believing that it is possible  within this lifetime. I’ve realized that changing our mindset from sorrow to shared commitment to problem-solving and collective action is fundamental.


Now, let’s discuss the important components needed in order to eradicate poverty. The speaker identified three components.

1. Most of the world’s poor are farmers.
2. Humanity already knows the tools to end poverty.
3. Delivery of these tools eradicates poverty.

When I first heard these three factors, I thought to myself: It sounds good in theory but how does that actually play out in the field? Well, the speaker gave an example of the organization he works for and how they are helping over 400,000 farmers rise out of poverty. This is just one organization helping 400,000 people living in poverty by following his logic. How inspiring! Then, if one organization can help such a substantial number of people, then I believe that poverty can be eradicated in this lifetime.

This theory is not limited only to farmers. This is applicable to other groups facing  different kinds of human development issues. Therefore, I think that we have already found the the tools needed to eliminate  many social issues related to poverty. So what’s missing? What is needed to   overcome such social issues? Well, we need more collective action, people doing the work, more resources, more philanthropists, and more global leaders. If this is achieved, I believe we can definitely win the fight against poverty in this lifetime

United4Change Center is a player in the field of eliminating poverty. U4C is dedicated to working in isolated areas to provide health, education, and skills training to especially vulnerable populations. U4C’s commitment to working in isolated areas and increasing human potential for some of the most vulnerable populations demonstrates that U4C aligns with theories presented in the Tedtalk. U4C  is one of the many organizations actively and effectively alleviating extreme poverty. We need more organizations like U4C if we are to eradicate poverty in this lifetime.  Further, organizations with proven methods, like U4C, need greater financial and volunteer support in their worthy cause.


Resources:
http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_youn_3_reasons_why_we_can_win_the_fight_against_poverty#t-778906