Poverty is not simply a lack of monetary resources; it refers to a lack of healthcare, education, shelter and other day to day basic necessities. Poverty can be seen not only in developing countries but also in first world countries as well. It can affect either gender, any race, and any religion. While poverty can be measured in a variety of ways, from measuring a country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to using a poverty line based on personal income, the simple yet terrifying fact remains that 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day and 80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day.
Many things are being done to try and combat this growing problem, from international intervention in the form of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the use of non governmental organizations but much more still needs to be done. Look below at the Take Action page to find out ways you can help make a difference in the lives of those effected by poverty.