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Poverty: Striking The World One Country At A Time

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in poverty? Having to wake up every day not knowing if you’ll be sleeping on the same makeshift bed that night, or even not knowing when your next sip of water will be. Poverty affects billions of people worldwide and keeps growing every year. A lack of skills, money, and education all contribute to the poverty of our world. Poverty is a problem that needs to be addressed and fixed worldwide.
It is undeniable that poverty not only spreads across the United States, but across the entire world. Every year, women, children, and men are affected by the sad truth of poverty. These individuals are faced with the hardships of not being able to live properly due to their lack of necessary resources; necessary resources meaning, food, water, clothes, and a roof over their head, not electronics or any extras. Although definitions of poverty vary from country to country, poverty is undoubtedly a problem. In the United States the definition of poverty is the amount of money a family would need to pay for food ("Poverty." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.). People are forced to live day to day on what would seem like nothing to a middle class citizen; most people living in poverty in the United States live on less than $2.00 a day. There is much heated debate on the real cause of poverty and many speculations about why certain groups are more likely to live in poverty than others.
One speculation about the cause of poverty is called the Cultural View of Poverty. This means that within certain communities economic success is discouraged among one another. This discouragement and lack of motivation is often passed down through generations and is a continuous cycle; the cycle remains continuous because past generations have usually lived in extreme poverty. If a culture discourages success, the values of self improvement, hard work, and community service are not instilled in the people within that culture. If these morals are lacking in future generations then technically that specific area or culture will forever live in poverty. The youth needs an education to understand that they can break the poverty streak; no, breaking it would not be easy, but it could happen. By simply informing the youth on the basic knowledge of the world, or even their country they would be hundreds of steps ahead of past generations and on their way to a more successful future. ("Poverty." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.). Unfortunately, poverty is a vicious cycle and most children in poverty do not have a proper school to attend to learn the basic knowledge they need. Some of the poverty that enters the United States comes from uneducated persons from foreign nations. About 31% of persons that immigrate to the United States from a foreign nation lack a high school diploma (Ruark,...

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