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  • 1. Helping the Poverty Stricken
    Elise Rhoads

2. Poverty is not natural. It is man made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
Nelson Mandella
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.
4. Thesis
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 lives.
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 each year.
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 it
Caught my interest, I knew right away I wanted to help in some way
11. Poverty Affects Climate
The environmental impacts of climate change are happening all over the world.
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 damage.
Sea level rise and increased storm surges destroy infrastructure and lives of people in both coastal areas and low-lying lands.
Constant rainfall, rising temperatures, and extreme weather events harm agricultural production, worsen water scarcity, and spread infectious diseases.
Climate change imposes huge financial losses and threatens national security.

  • 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.