See that cute thing twirling at the top right corner of my blog? Now, I’ve admitted before that the reason it’s up there is because it’s a cute widget (how common are twirling widgets, I ask you??) but I also think it’s a great initiative started by Bono of U2 fame to help the global poverty crisis, particularly in Africa.
Okay, poverty. I’m the last person to know what it’s like to live in poverty. Even though I moan a lot about my life, it is a princess’s life compared to a life in poverty.
If you look at poverty like a game (even though it’s not, it’s very much real and happening as we speak, anywhere and everywhere), it’s like you’re playing a game without a strategy. You know how if you want to get to the next level of a game, you have to conserve your ammo and try not to use up the remaining two lives you have left so that you have a better chance of surviving the next level? Well, in the game of Poverty, as much as you strategise, shit will just happen and it requires you to use up all you’re saving for the next level, just to survive in this one. Poverty is the most difficult kind of game that you cannot even strategise for the next level; just surviving the current one is using up all your energy and wits.
People believe the only way to beat the Poverty game is through Education. Which is sort of true – Education can be a key out of Poverty, in the right circumstances. But it’s not very easy to gain Education, is it? I mean, if Poverty makes you barely able to survive this level, how will you gain Education to survive the next level better?
What people in the Poverty game need is a Leg Up. They need help, in the form of Education, Finance and Friendship, among the many Leg Ups they need. The Government tries to help, of course – that’s partly what taxes are used for. The NGOs and big corporate companies try to help too. Yet why is it that the rich gets richer, and the poor poorer?
Maybe it’s because it’s the Rich People’s Game. They dictate the rules of the Poverty game which makes people in this game unable to beat it. So how do we topple the people who dictate Poverty?
That’s the cheat sheet nobody has managed to find, unfortunately.
I don’t really have a point to make in this post. I just feel sad that the majority of people around this world are deprived of basic human rights and needs in the poorer parts of the world. I admit that I am not contributing to the fight to eradicate poverty, because I’m cynical of beggars on the streets and I do not know of a local, reputable organisation to make a contribution to that will channel donations to people in poverty. I mean, there are plenty of charitable organisations, but I’m just not sure how donations are used exactly. It’ll be nice if I could donate RM50 (USD$15) to some organisation and then later on I get a picture of a mud hut in Africa and that apparently I helped to build that hut for an African family. It’ll be more reassuring if donations can be visualised in that sense. I admire people like Bono U2 who uses his fame for something altruistic, like initiating a cause to fight poverty. At the very least, self-absorbed people like me are aware of issues like this thanks to people like him. 🙂
Meanwhile, I will keep my eyes peeled for a local, reputable organisation to donate to in the cause of poverty.
This post is part of Blog Action Day 08 – Poverty