“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” – Mother Teresa.
As the world slowly fights against the COVID - 19, we sit in our homes with dreams in our mind and hope in our heart; but the same can hardly be said for the poor and the deprived, who know that once this war gets over, another one will come along --- the war for food, water and basic shelter. So let us bring to people's notice that as we sit safely in our homes, there are people out there fighting a battle on a daily basis.
It is funny, how today technology has developed so much, that we have sent orbiters to the Mars, invented artificial hearts – yes, you read it right, we humans have also invented artificial hearts and yet, not a cure for poverty. But, what is even more heartbreaking is that there is a fruit in a rich man’s shampoo and not in a poor person’s plate. If this is so, how can we say that the world has developed? Spending so much money on hair gels and lipsticks and so many other cosmetic products to make ourselves look better doesn’t bother us, but giving 100 Rs. to a roadside beggar or buying them a meal and making their day better is something that we just refuse to do.
About 10% of the world’s population is living in extreme poverty, living on less than $2 a day. That is about over 700 million people living on ₹151 a day. There are 2.2 billion children living in the world and 1 billion of them live in poverty. So… you still want an iPhone? In fact, according to an Oxfam report, if the world’s 100 richest people pooled their collective earnings in 2012, they could’ve ended extreme world poverty 4 time over!!!
So, what is the use of fancy cars and posh houses, when you can’t give a child clean, drinking water?
We have read so many articles and heard the news of children dying of poverty because of drinking water that was contaminated and of hunger. We see so many WattsApp forwards about the poverty in India and what do we do? We, think, “Oh, that’s so sad.” And we forward it to all our friends and family and after 2 hours, we forget it.
Sometimes, I want to ask God why she allows poverty, famine and injustice when she could do something about it, but I’m afraid she might just ask me back the same thing. And not wrongly so. Why do we sit idly and laugh at memes and videos when there are lives dying? Is this what humanity has been reduced to? There are so many NGOs and other organizations which work for the welfare and betterment of the poor communities, and with all the technological developments it just takes a few clicks to donate an amount, and still, we don’t. We have left the poor so malnourished, so deprived, that even if they do speak up, the Voice of the Poor goes unheard and uncared.