Growing up in Poverty

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Poverty is like Pluto, its big, but no one minds it. Poverty is a very serious thing and each time someone gets richer someone dies of hunger, because of being poor. And a lot of this are kids. Maybe, we don’t even realize, but there’s a lot of kids growing up in poverty.

According to the UNDP, Nearly a half of the world’s population, more than 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day. Also, more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 a day). Over 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. So, if of the 7.69B people there are in this planet I take approximately 4.5B. And if of that 4.5B, I take the children out it will give me approximately 1B. I will be talking of that billion.

My 1st point will be: Child Hunger. Approximately 28% of all children in developing countries are considered to be underweight, or have had their growth stunted as a result of malnutrition. In fact, 8,500 kids die daily because of hunger, according to UNICEF. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty. Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.” One in every 6 people in America face hunger. Poverty is the missing of basic needs like food, clothes and proper shelter, so that’s my next point.

My 2nd point will be: Basic Needs. Poverty or being poor means, not having either: food, clothes, shelter and/or money to maintain yourself. Talking about money, money makes the world go round and there’s more than 3B people living under $2.50 a day. Also, there’s more than 1.5B, which are on extreme poverty, that live under $1.50 a day. Food also is a basic need, how I stated earlier, 1 in every 6 people per day feel hunger just in America. Clothes is important to stay warm, confortable and privacy.

Finally, shelter is one of the most important things, everybody deserves a home and there's over 150M people without any home, living on the street and worse, growing up on the streets.

My 3rd point will be: Education. If you’re reading this you probably are or were at school. But, that’s not the same for everyone. Some poor kids can’t get into any school and yes there are free schools, but there are additional costs for uniforms, books and transportation. A poor family would not be able to pay all that and also every kid would need materials. Also, some governments of countries spend a low share of their GDP on education.

Poverty is a huge thing, we don’t even realize that. Maybe we don’t even notice , but there’s a lot of kids growing up in poverty. So, that’s what I talked about in this essay. Things like Food, education, and other basic needs that are what majority of poor people are missing off. So, try to help this homeless and/or poor people by giving them some money or food if you see one.

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