What is Poverty & How can you help?
Poverty, it’s a word that comes up quite often in humanitarian aid and relief organizations around the world. In many charitable settings, overcoming or alleviating poverty is the question that has been haunting humanity for centuries. But what is poverty? And how can just one person partner with an organization to make a difference? Can one person make a difference in a world that is ailed by poverty? The simple answer is yes. Before we get into the specifics of how you can help, let’s get a better understanding of what poverty is and how it affects the world.
What is poverty?
Poverty is often discussed in a monetary amount, like how much money a person possesses to meet basic needs. However, quality of life is also something to take into consideration when talking about poverty. If basic needs are not met, like a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear, a person’s quality of life can be, for lack of better words, low.
To date, there are more than 600 million people live in extreme poverty, and many of them survive on less than $1.90 a day. Over 1 billion people in 107 developing countries, accounting for 22% of the world’s population, live in multidimensional poverty, affecting 644 million children.
Poverty in Zambia
Zambia, located in southern Africa, is a large country with about 17.9 million people living mostly in urban areas, specifically, Lusaka’s capital city. To this day, Zambia continues to have one of the world’s youngest populations, the median age being only 16 years old.
For children living in poverty, health, well-being, and development become increasingly problematic. For many children living in Zambia, access to education, healthcare, and even nutritious food is scarce. Politicians, historical figures, and humanitarians alike have stated that education is a fundamental step in alleviating poverty. And that educating a child can build a foundation to breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
Ways you can help
Family Legacy began in 2003, with Zambia as its sole focus to raise a generation of vulnerable and orphaned Zambian children holistically through spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional care.
At Family Legacy, we believe access to education can one day help eradicate cyclical poverty in Zambia. We believe that educating students and presenting the gospel through our private Christian Academy Schools helps them reach their God-given potential and impact their nation.
Through our Child Sponsorship Program, you can make a direct and immediate impact on a child’s life.
As a sponsor, you are not only coming alongside a child, but you are coming alongside their caregiver, our staff in Zambia, their teachers, and a wide network of people who can speak encouragement, wisdom, and love into the children’s lives.
Join us by sponsoring a child today to make a lasting difference in not only a child’s life but the future of Zambia!