2. Poverty is not natural. It is man made and it can be overcome
and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
3. Have you ever noticed how great you feel after doing something
good for others?
After learning about Oxfam America and its global outreach, I knew
I wanted to experience that sense of helping others to hopefully
attain a better life as my graduation project.
Through partnerships with local organizations, Oxfam has helped
millions of people in poverty not only survive the devastation of
wars, famines, and natural disasters, but to rebuild their
5. What is Poverty?
Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.
lack of shelter
being sick and not being able to see a doctor
not having access to school
not knowing how to read
not having a job
having fear for the future
losing a child to illness brought by unclean water
6. Definition of Poverty
poverty [pov-er-tee]Show IPAnoun1.
the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or
means of support; condition of being poor; indigence.
7. We live in a world of Plenty, yet 840 million people go hungry
1.2 Billion people live on less than $1 a day.
12 million people die each year from lack of water.
Over 30,000 children under the age of five die each day due to
hunger and other preventable causes.
8. Around 27-28%of all children in developing countries are
estimated to be underweight or stunted.
Approximately half the worlds population now live in cities and
towns. In 2005, one out of three urban dwellers (approximately 1
billion people) were living in slum conditions.
In developing countries around 2.5 billion people are forced to
rely on biomassfuel wood, charcoal and animal dung -to meet their
energy needs for cooking.
9. 10. Inspiration
Discovered this non-profit organization from a concert I had
attended November of junior year
Oxfam volunteers were handing out cards with Oxfam information on
Caught my interest, I knew right away I wanted to help in some
11. Poverty Affects Climate
The environmental impacts of climate change are happening all over
But what about its effects on people?
The increased frequency and severity of climate-related natural
disasters such as droughts, floods, and cyclones cause economic
Sea level rise and increased storm surges destroy infrastructure
and lives of people in both coastal areas and low-lying
Constant rainfall, rising temperatures, and extreme weather events
harm agricultural production, worsen water scarcity, and spread
Climate change imposes huge financial losses and threatens national
Common Effects from Climate ChangeCommon effects of climate
change on poor rural communities: Decreased agricultural
productivity-particularly in degraded areas where production is low
and farmers struggle to make out a living Decreased water
availability and water quality Increased risk of floods and
droughts Impacts on fisheries caused by uncertain stream flows,
warming waters, and damage to coral reefs Increased incidence of
waterborne diseases such as malaria, cholera, anddengue fever.