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Can you imagine what life would be like without being able to afford basic necessities such as food water shelter and clothing What it would be like to live on less than 250 per day Shah 2011 Poverty is a major issue all over the world affecting thousands of individuals every day Lusted 2010 There is no set definition of poverty and may vary between individuals depending on their own beliefs and background For the sake of this essay poverty can be defined as A condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs including food safe drinking water sanitation facilities health shelter education and information Bell 2005 People are considered to be in poverty when they are incapable of eating getting an education lack access to health care and have low income Bell 2005 Regardless of where you live in the world whether it is the richest country or the poorest everyone faces serious problems with poverty Poverty can be a very perplex phenomenon and people experience difficulties understanding the causes and effects of poverty and lack knowledge regarding some of the actions taken to help people suffering from this awful condition Understanding the causes of poverty can be equally as difficult as understanding the term poverty itself Cliffs Notes 2011 Blame the Poor is the stereotypical explanation for the cause of poverty by middle-class people still to this day Cliffs Notes 2011 The explanation may be true in some instances but for most cases relating to poverty the poor are unable to control the condition they are living in There are many causes relating to poverty the main three being overpopulation lack of education and wars Overpopulation is a major factor contributing to poverty This problem exists when a large number of people are present in an area with too few resources to share 2006 Overpopulation may be caused by high rates of birth and migration in a country 2006 With few
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