15 October, 2008

Poverty Sucks (Succinct, no?)

One of the most debilitating problems that civilization has is the never ending presence of poverty. Beyond the glittery sparkle of cosmopolitan lives, lies the constant struggle of the less fortunate to survive through the next 24 hours.

Watching and reading about classics like Oliver Twist and Annie can give us a happy ending impression about children's poverty. Of course we all hope that every poor orphan finds a loving and fortunate family. But that is just not the case in reality.

At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

There are so many ways to help against poverty, with a single click of a button, you can help someone live through the day.

On a more personal note, poverty in my home country: Nearly 88% of Filipinos live in poverty. EndPovertyNow

The world’s brightest stars are doing their part, why don’t you do yours?

“We are not a passive generation, we’re very proactive. ... We want to see poverty eliminated because we believe it is possible.”

“I’ve been out on the street, I know what it’s about.”
Tyler Perry, who has donated enough food to feed 1,000 families for two weeks in Atlanta.

"This is not about charity, it's about justice... The war against terror is bound up in the war against poverty - I didn't say that, Colin Powell said that . . . In these disturbing and distressing times, surely it's cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out of potential enemies than it is to defend yourself against them..Justice is the surest way to get peace."
-- Bono

"Wars against nations are fought to change maps; wars against poverty are fought to map change."
-- Muhammad Ali

"The measure of a society is not in how well they reward their most enfranchised citizens, but in how well they aid their least."
Mike Myers, Actor

"Cancel the debt."
Brendan Fraser, Actor

"This year is one of unprecedented opportunity. It's the year to say enough is enough and campaign for urgent and meaningful change in aid, trade, debt and child poverty."
Anna van der Kamp, Olympic Silver medalist

"We have the power to end poverty in Canada. Do what you can to end the suffering of others and “Make Poverty History” in our Country."
--Kalan Porter, Canadian Idol