With people locked inside their houses awaiting doomsday, families struggling to make ends meet, and company owners pulling their hair to battle the global crisis –since the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 97 million people have fallen into poverty. People with stable jobs, incomes, and businesses were left bankrupt and haven’t been able to recover, even to this day. Let’s have a look at how you can eliminate poverty prevailing within your community
Poverty is a plague that slowly eats away your morals, ethics, and rules. Therefore, it is imperative to take practical steps to minimize poverty.
While you may think of it as a national crisis, steps could be taken to resolve this issue by focusing on your community. Common bonds, education, and awareness can transform the current state of widespread financial crisis.
Here are five practical steps that you can take to ensure a winning battle against poverty and your community’s prosperity.
- Create Awareness about Local Poverty
Poverty exists in every community, and while merely talking about it is not going to solve it, it will definitely create awareness about the topic urging people to manage resources, volunteer, and donate. One of the most efficient poverty solutions is to know where the issue lies within your community. Determine the resources you already have and those that you need. Members of your community can lend a hand by listening to community experts and creating awareness in their families about the resources that you have available. For instance, mutual aid maps locate efforts around the towns that are accepting donations and funds.
- Challenge Assumptions and Preconceived Notions
It is easier to assume that a person struggling financially is either lazy, unmotivated, or simply doesn’t want to work. However, it is extremely hard to step into their shoes and experience a world from their perspective.
Any kind of assumption or preconceived notion can be very harmful to your community spreading unintentional biases. Whether it is about poverty in your community or poverty in general, make sure you are asking questions and challenging your previous thoughts. One of the most common assumptions about poverty is that people choose to not work. In reality, numerous factors stop homeless people from finding employment and a lack of affordable housing is one of them. Moreover, some people do not have access to proper education, tools, and training. It is very important to be kind and not make judgments about those in need.
- Donate Funds and Time
You can help your community fight poverty by donating –not only money but also time.
If you were not looking for a lecture on awareness and kindness, then here is a straightforward solution: Donate funds. All poverty-resistant efforts need funds and money to put their plans into motion. This is why, it is very important to donate. No amount of money is too small or too large, donate whatever you can. When these funds are added up, an organization can put it towards practical steps like solving housing inequalities, education problems, and food shortages.
You can also help your community without donating money. Simply give them your time by helping children with homework, volunteering at food kitchens and ration drives. For people who cannot spend money, donating their time is the most amazing thing you can do for your community.
- Provide Free Education
A lot of people fail to find adequate employment due to a lack of education. If you want to eliminate poverty in your community, providing free education should be the first and foremost step. This way, you can make people more self-sufficient and aware. People experiencing homelessness should be made to attend drills and classes teaching them new skills and talents. Your community experts should create job opportunities for people attending these seminars to incentivize learning.
- Organize Food Kitchens
You can also organize community food gardens or food kitchens to provide people with healthy and sufficient food. People can bring different food items to prepare packaged meals for homeless people. These community food kitchens will encourage feelings of goodwill and kindness among volunteers. It can also give community people a reason to get together every day and interact with needy people in their community. By seeing their life and their hardships, they will be able to empathize with homeless people and create opportunities for them to overcome poverty.
If you want to help your community people battle poverty, be a helping hand. Be kind to people and join hands with your community experts to help those in need. Join Strake app to make your community stronger, better, and healthier.