While many countries are slowly getting better at addressing poverty within their borders, it is still a pervasive problem affecting millions of individuals everywhere. In our country, poverty might not seem as bad of a problem because the issue is less prominent in a developed country. But that does not mean that poverty is nonexistent in richer countries. It is a social issue that exists in many forms. For example, while the government has not set an official Singapore poverty line, thousands of families struggle to get the necessities for their daily lives.

Singapore might be a wealthy country, but poverty remains a contradictory issue for the city-state. It has a huge wealth inequality gap and several households barely make the minimum to survive. Poverty is the sole cause of many difficulties that people experience, such as a lack of nutritious food and water, limited education and work opportunities, denied access to medical care, and more.

When people cannot meet their needs, society suffers too. Poverty leads to a rise in criminal activity and unrest. Countries lose out on valuable talent because impoverished individuals cannot focus on working and creating contributions to their communities. At the same time, poverty is also the root of higher death tolls or illnesses because of poor families’ lack of access to medical care.

The Singapore government does have a few programmes to address this problem. They provide aid in finances and other ways to 20% of the poorest population. They also create other programmes and projects to address poverty in its many forms. Because the effects of poverty split over from individuals and families to society, everyone is affected by it regardless of personal health.

How can regular citizens address poverty?

 

A-person-giving-out-relief-supplies-to-a-family

 

Poverty is a social problem that is almost as old as humanity itself. When people think about it in the bigger picture, they may feel overwhelmed. Many might believe that their contributions do not matter in the grander scheme of things. They may think that addressing poverty and its related issues might be a job only suited for government officials and those with power.

But in reality, the work of ordinary people can do much more than many might realise. National and international organisations around the world seek to address poverty in various ways. You will be surprised by the variety of projects launched to fight poverty.

But even organisations with ample resources and funds cannot accomplish their job if there are no people who want to support them. Assistance from a group of thousands is much more helpful than the support of one person, even if they are powerful. Here is how you, as a regular person, can create food security and other solutions in Singapore.

1) You can provide small donations. Donations are always appreciated, especially when a small amount from every individual in a large group adds up. Many nonprofit organisations rely solely on the goodwill of people to fund their projects. Donations can help people purchase food and other resources for projects. Small donations go a long way in supporting the cause. They are also convenient for people who want to take part in eliminating poverty without engaging in the project itself. Sometimes, you may not have the time to participate in the project more fully.

2) You can lend your skills and teach other people. Many experts say the fastest track out of poverty is learning and education. But sometimes, education is out of reach for impoverished people because they cannot afford it. This dilemma leads to a vicious cycle that lasts for generations. The only way for someone to lift themselves out of poverty is by receiving an education that can teach them helpful skills. Many talented people head programmes that teach people valuable skills in business, product-making, selling, culinary arts, and more. If you have useful life skills, you might want to consider passing them on.

3) You can volunteer yourself for manual labour and construction. Most welfare projects cannot be completed without skilled workers contributing their labour to the project. A labour-intensive job such as house building or construction is a difficult undertaking. If nonprofit organisations need to hire professionals for the job, they will likely have to pay a lot of money for their efforts. People who take up volunteer opportunities in Singapore are beyond valuable to organisations. Labour, effort, and skill are sometimes much more valuable than money and other resources.

4) You can donate much-needed resources to your cause. Money is not the only thing that many social organisations accept. Communities that are hard-hit by famine or other disasters will appreciate food and other supplies donated by volunteers. If you wish to contribute to food projects or other programmes that need resources from volunteers, search up various organisations online and learn how you can help them. Clothes, food, water, and other supplies are great for disaster relief supplies.

5) You can participate in other projects that help your organisation. You can find many opportunities that can take you to various communities in Singapore and around the world. From small projects like manning soup kitchens and helping to distribute food to the needy, to going to impoverished neighbourhoods to help build the foundations of an important facility, the kinds of projects you might see are endless. Even spreading information for current awareness of the state of Singapore is a small project that counts towards helping to make Singapore a better place to live in.

The Best of You is an organisation that seeks to address and alleviate important social problems in Singapore. Information is the first step to finding workable solutions for communities in the country. For more information on how the effects of poverty impact us as a whole, check out their website.