Kalista Lin

A Worldwide Issue – Poverty


Imagine a world where some lucky people have a very successful career, so successful that they have more money than they know what to do with. Now, imagine that same world along with billions more people that are so poor, they can’t afford to buy clothes. Believe it or not, this imaginary world is actually our world right now. According to DoSomething.org, currently, about 3 billion people remain in extreme poverty. Nearly half of them live in India, and China, with more than 85% living in just 20 countries. For most of the people that still remain in poverty, they make less than $2.50 a day.


About a year ago, I came in contact with someone who needed money desperately. My mom, brother, and I had just arrived at McDonald’s (Flushing) to grab a bite. This man stood outside wearing a filthy t-shirt that was extremely dirty and shoes with holes in them, pleading for money. He had dirty and messed up hair and in his hands were two pennies that were so grimy and covered in green, that I felt like puking my brains out. Luckily, my mom looked at each of us and nodded. We knew exactly what we had to do. My mom took out her wallet and settled a $5 bill in his hand. He beamed, with all of his teeth showing and a smile so big it stretched across his face.



We probably have never noticed how we should always be thankful as of how we have food on the table every night and a bed to sleep in. While thirty-four million people have brand name clothes and jewelry that you might have heard of like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Prada, Chanel, Dior, or Ralph Lauren, 3 billion can’t even afford to brush their teeth, buy new clothes, or even just take a nice hot bath. This is a worldwide problem that has to be solved immediately. This imbalance is also known around the world but not many people try to help those who are less fortunate.

Are you willing to stand up for the people in need. Or are you going to let this imbalance keep changing humanity forever?

Photo Credit: The Conversation 



  1. I really like your article, but saying that “Some lucky people have a very successful career” is completely false. Most people who have successful careers put in the work to become that successful.


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