I was wondering what to write as my post for blog action day. The issue of poverty is such a wide one that I don’t know where to start.
I will start by saying that I don’t actually know any poor people. I don’t mean broke people but people who live on less than the 1$ a day that is apparently the threshold of poverty.
I have said on occassion that I am poor but I am not poor, not by a long shot. I live with my Mom so I don’t pay rent, I have a pretty good job that I enjoy doing that pays me enough to live on, buy groceries for my home and pay the occassional utility bill. I have acces to internet 24/7 either at work or at home or even on the move using my phone. I go out to eat with my friends and only on Saturday I cooked lunch for a bunch of them.
The question is, how does poverty affect me? On a global scale or even just in my neighbourhood.
I don’t know. What I do know is I can empathise with the world’s poor simply because I have been hungry before. Each of you has ever been really hungry with nothing to eat, so hungry all you can do is sleep. Now imagine having that hunger loom over you for your whole life.
That is why I am going to volunteer at a ‘soup kitchen.’ A friend of a friend is starting one in Katanga and the first serving is on Saturday from 12.00 (mid day) to 3.00pm. His name is Jose and we will be serving ‘Kikomando’ which for DeT’s sake is chapati and beans.
Do come down and join us. I will post more details tomorrow.