“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right: the right to dignity and to a decent life.”
These powerful words were spoken boldly by world icon, Nelson Mandela. The weight of his wisdom suggests that while there are opportunities to try to overcome poverty within one’s own capabilities, it is largely the responsibility of a community as a whole.
Education is key to overcoming mismanagement of money and bad spending habits. This education goes hand-in-hand with the need for discipline when it comes to spending and budgeting.
However, in countries such as South Africa where almost half of the adult population live below the upper-bound poverty line, the issue at hand is a national epidemic and unity is needed to overcome the obstacle.
Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty
There are several effective ways of overcoming poverty in a communal way.
Firstly, from a governmental aspect, resources can be better managed, sustainable growth policies can be actioned, social systems can be set up as support networks and investments can be made into effective agricultural programs.
Secondly, from a corporate angle, businesses can focus on empowering employees, upskilling their staff and prioritising fair pay.
It seems as though big action is needed by big players, however, every cog in the network of humanity needs to be well-oiled for a smooth engine. This begs the question – how can an individual make a difference within their own, limited capacity?
The decision of choosing an internship in South Africa has exploded over the past 10 years as low resourced NGO’s are desperate for skills that can boost their impact. There are countless organisations that are in desperate need of volunteers, interns, and passionate individuals to help make a difference. These organisations work incredibly hard to empower people living in poverty. They help remove barriers to opportunities and introduce technology and innovations to a deprived landscape.
Case study: Chasing the Dragon
The following video shows how one organisation has taken amazing steps in changing the lives of those affected by poverty and addiction by providing an introduction to another ‘healthy’ addiction – surfing.
The following video highlights how the smallest actions can make the biggest impact.
Internship In South Africa
In conclusion, it is imperative that government, businesses, and individuals work together to overcome poverty.
We are long past the days of “each man for his own”. At if i could… we offer life-changing internships and volunteer programs in Cape Town, Hanoi, and New Delhi. These programs connect purpose-driven individuals with a global network of changemakers. If these opportunities meet you on your path of purpose, contact us to find out more.