Friday, June 10, 2016

Poverty: Myth vs Fact

Lot's of silly myths circulate us so often that we often believe them as fact. You can see the Great Wall of China from space. Bats are blind. Bulls hate the colour red. All untrue I'm afraid!
Today we are taking a look at the most common myths surrounding poverty and debunking them for you.
Myth: No-one in Western countries experience poverty.

Truth: In American alone, a study found that 42% of men who were born into the bottom of the economic classes remained there as adults. Social mobility is becoming increasingly difficult and it seems the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Of course poverty is all relative, as people living in poverty in the USA still have more facilities than those living in poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

Myth: Welfare makes poor people lazy.

Truth: In fact, it has been shown that people living off welfare are more likely to become entrepreneurs and take bigger business risks that could pay off, as they are protected by the safety net that welfare gives them. Not all benefit claimants are lazy, most people genuinely need them to keep their head above water and provide for their families.

Myth: Africa is poor and always will be.

Truth: No country started off as rich, and there is no reason why the African continent cannot break out of the shackles of poverty that are holding them back. Did you know that Nigeria has the fastest growing and largest economy?

Myth: Only governments can make a difference.

Truth: While governments hold a lot of power, there are so many fantastic organisations and charities that are working around the clock to support people in need from all over the world. 

So let's make change happen!

You can make that difference. Ripples Foundation is committed to the empowerment of the African village woman, and in turn her children and community. To support us and improve the lives of hundreds of women, please donate to our appeals by clicking here. Your money will be used to start up new small enterprises to generate money for village women, medical outreach programmes to treat those in need, and educational programmes for children to give them the best start in life.

You can make change happen.
Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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