International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today, October 17th, is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Although I am quite aware of the statistics regarding global poverty, it is so far removed from my current reality; I have to make a conscious effort to remember – daily – that I am truly lucky to have the life that I have, including its “luxuries”.

I never have to worry about the roof over my head, about having enough food to feed my family, about having access to clean water and resources (like healthcare) that will allow my family to thrive, or even about having to use the toilet! I have the luxury of attending university and it is likely that I will be able to find a great job to support my family when I complete my studies. Should I experience the loss of a job, it is unlikely that it will put my family’s safety and well-being at risk, and it is probable that I would have access to the kinds of resources that could get me up on my feet again.

I am lucky.

I don’t have the time to organize fundraisers or volunteer my time to help families in need at this moment (believe me, I would if I could!), so I wanted to take a few minutes to do what I can do: spread the word.

Awareness is the beginning of everything.

My heart goes out to all the parents who have to see their children suffer, to all the children who are robbed of their innocence, to those who are sick and who do not have access to even the most basic health care, to refugees, war survivors and every other victim of poverty. Let us remember just how lucky we are, and work to create greater awareness.

Together, we can always make a difference; even the smallest action creates a ripple effect.

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