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What is Poverty?

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Poverty Defined

The most widely held and understood definition of extreme poverty, established by the World Bank, defines poverty in strictly economic terms — earning less than $1.90 a day.

"Worldwide 600 million children live in extreme poverty. Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day."

The poor themselves describe poverty in terms of suffering relationships.A survey conducted in India and the answers provided the following:

  • Dependence, always having to seek out others or to work for somebody else
  • Marginalization, a poor person who is alone, has no support, doesn't feel involved in anything, or is "never consulted"
  • Scarcity, having nothing to eat, lacking the means to meet clothing and financial needs, having nothing to sell
  • Restricted rights and freedoms
  • Incapacity, the incapacity to make decision, to feed or clothe oneself, or to act on one’s own initiative.

Poverty Described

Poverty is a cancerous, thieving parasite plaguing the destitute. But it's not invincible. Poverty is an overwhelming, frightening and debilitating beast.

Poverty is an opportunity to provide an opportunity. It's an opportunity to kill the worm that eats away at children's hearts, minds and self-esteem.

On average, a child in our sponsorship program spends 4,000 hours in safe, nurturing programs, is at least 50 percent more likely to graduate college and is 35 percent more likely to find white-collar employment as an adult.

Poverty Redefined

What does poverty mean to a child orphaned by cancer or abandoned by his father? It means he has to learn how to dream again.

What does poverty mean to the great aunt taking care of her niece's children? It means fear. Fear that someone may take the children away from her.

What does poverty mean to a mother who lost her two-year old child to pneumonia while waiting at the hospital for treatment? It means the future plan for the child is refuge.

What does poverty mean to a boy who learns about the knowledge of the way, the true, and the life on a regular basis? It means self-respect and the ability to love.

What does poverty mean to a child without a sponsor? It means a sponsor is needed.

"Children in our sponsorship program are at least 30 percent more likely than their unsponsored peers to become leaders in their communities and at least 40 percent more likely to grow into church leaders."

Help one of these children dream. Give them courage to fight their fear. Lay the foundation for self-confidence. Provide some hope to a child who may be in the midst of losing hope.

About Vishwa Jyoti

‘VISHWA JYOTI’ is a registered organization to serve the poor and marginalised in the society Formed by a group of like-minded people whose heart beats for the poorest of the poor,destitute, orphans, widows, widowers and the neglected of the society. However, the organization is working among the poor mostly,in the rural areas including several indigenous people groups living in remote parts of the country in Odisha and beyond including the Himalayan the belt since 1979. However Vishwa Jyoti came to the lime light only after its registration under the society registration Act of the government of India as Vishwa Jyoti in 1994 and has ever since been serving among the poor and leading them from darkness, towards the light of knowledge, awareness and self-reliance.

Contact Details

Address :Vishwa Jyoti Road
At-Paradise Compound
Po- P.N.College-752057, Mokunda Prosad By Pass
Dist.- Khordha (Odisha) India
Contact No : (+91) 9437628251

Post Box Address:
Post Box : 191
Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Postal Code: 751001

Email: info@vishwajyoti.org
Website: www.vishwajyoti.org