International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015

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This year’s theme for International Day for the Eradication of Povery is “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination”, emphasizing the need for global collaboration to truly eradicate extreme poverty. As UN Secretary General Ba Ki-moon stated in his annual message, we need to make a “commitment to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere.”

In support of this mission, we are dedicated not only to our projects that support families living in poverty around the world, we are also committed to raising awareness about the struggles faced by families, individuals, and children throughout the world.

The following photos were contributed by Vic Gloria, a Filipino photographer who has recently become drawn to the plight of many Filipinos in Tacloban City who spend their days, and pften nights, roming the city’s streets to sustain their, and in some cases their families, daily needs. These photographs visually overturn many of the common stereotypes forced upon those who have been subjected to a life of poverty, humanizing a global epidemic that we in some ways have become desensitized to.

“Kids at work” – Children assemble collected junk. Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

"Kartun na Kutsun" - A boy scavenging for carton to use for his bed. Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

“Kartun na Kutsun” – A boy scavenging for carton to use for his bed.
Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

"balun mo patung ko" - Young boy loads collected bottles and cartons on his pedicab to be sold at junkshop. Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

“balun mo patung ko” – Young boy loads collected bottles and cartons on his pedicab to be sold at a junkshop.
Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

"PWD - person with determination" - A mentally disabled boy gathers plastic bottles with his wheelchair. Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

“PWD – person with determination” – A mentally disabled boy gathers plastic bottles with his wheelchair.
Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

"Gas nam kahoy" - Boy collecting scrap wood to be fuel for cooking food. Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

“Gas nam kahoy” – Boy collecting scrap wood to be used for fuel for cooking food.
Photo Credit: Vic Gloria

Ours can be the first generation to witness a world without extreme poverty, where all people – not only the powerful and the privileged — can participate and contribute equally, free of discrimination and want. -UN Secretary General Ba Ki-moon

Now is the time to recognize the true depth of poverty in the world today and begin to come up with real solutions to #EndPoverty.

 

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