International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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17 Oct

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The 17th of October has been observed as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty since 1993.  The United Nations declares the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty as an official day to raise public awareness of the need to end poverty and indigence. Poverty reduction remains in the heart of the 2030 Sustainable Development goals. (WHO)

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promotes dialogue and compassion between people living in poor communities. “It represents an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard and a moment to recognize that poor people are in the forefront in the fight against poverty.” (United Nations)

Eradicating poverty by 2030 is an ambitious but feasible goal which depends on the efficiency of people working together. According to the 2016 Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index, more that 1.6 billion people are struggling with poverty. Developing a sustainable future requires the participation of all people living in poor countries, especially regarding vital decisions that affect their lives and societies. (WHO)

Putting an end to poverty is more than just helping poor people. It allows both women and men to live with dignity. According to UNESCO poverty eradication can lead to the transformation of all humanity. (UNESCO) Drop4Drop provides sustainable clean water solutions to countries in need, which can change lives, raise opportunities and develop a brighter future. Access to clean water is not only a health issue, but also a gender and economic one too. We believe that the development of clean water wells in villages throughout India and Uganda can increase health and well being of the whole community. With unlimited access to clean water, children and women are able to go to school and work, and can focus on achieving their dreams! The implementation of clean water projects has also brought communities back together. Before the creation of water wells many communities quarreled over limited resources. Now, there is plenty of water for everyone and people do not have to worry about limited resources. In villages throughout India, access to water has led to the establishment of weekly community markets where people from neighboring communities go to and generate income and trade while using the drop4drop water well.

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