Do you remember back in the Year 2000 when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were first launched? 2015 seemed so far away, a lifetime away actually….but there we were, talking about a better, brighter world in the next 15 years. Well, fast forward to 2015 and although there were significant improvements made, there’s still soooo much, too much still left to do. Hence the birth of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (also called the Global Goals). There are 17 goals altogether ranging from ending extreme poverty to responsible consumption and production. Here at An Honest Intention (AHI), we will be taking a closer look at the global goals and talking about real actionable steps that we can take to get there, together…
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Did you know that 836 million people still live in extreme poverty? Extreme poverty is basically a state in which one is severely deprived of basic human needs i.e. food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. I don’t know about you but 836,000,000 people not having access to basic human needs is 836,000,000 people too many. So…what are the facts?
- About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day
- The overwhelming majority of people living on less than $1.25 a day belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
- One in seven children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age
- Every day in 2014, 42,000 people had to abandon their homes to seek protection due to conflict.
1 in 5 people live on less than $1.25 a day. In Kenya, that’s about KShs 130. If I may, I’ll put that in context:
- 1 kg of white rice = KShs 140
- 1 Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) = KShs 56
- 1 kg of tomatoes = KShs 111
- 1 L of regular milk = KShs 92
- 1 dozen eggs = KShs 157
Granted, some of these figures from Numbeo may have a slight margin of error, but not so much so as to have the meaning of what living on KShs 130 a day means.
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
Here at AHI, we are contributing to the end of extreme poverty by creating sustainable businesses in the schools in which we work. We’ve set up sewing factories, bakeries and initiated art projects in our schools communities. In this way, we’re not just giving fish, but teaching HOW to fish. We try to ensure that the schools which we support are able to sustain themselves and empower themselves. Everyone deserves the right to access economic resources and basic services.
One of the desired outcomes of the SDGs is that by 2030, we need to have built the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduced their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
What….are you doing?