Social and Humanitarian Work
Humans are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and statistically in many ways we have a better quality of life than our predecessors. This is true until you factor in inequality. While people are beginning to discuss rising inequality in the U.S. and other wealthy nations and its return to and perhaps beyond pre-industrial levels, the situation is even more dire if you look at the situation globally. Average quality of life means little to those at the bottom.
With nearly half of the world living in poverty and 40% below the poverty gap in the U.S., focusing on improving the lives of the most vulnerable does more for those in need than worrying about the height of the top 1%.
What can we do?
In a non-governmental setting some of the ways we can improve the lives of those in need include improving food and housing security, healthcare and education.
Broader scale initiatives include protecting and improving the environment, infrastructure and political stability.
Improving a school in rural Haiti (1 Big Boost)
Institution Mixte Anselme Joseph is a school in rural Haiti providing education to children whose parents would not be able to send their children to school otherwise. With little government funding the school was delapidated, the teachers local volunteers without teaching degrees, few books and many of the children had either no or threadbare uniforms. 1 Big Boost (1BB) partnered with the school to improve the educational opportunities of the children through a combined effort of stabilizing and improving the building, providing new locally produced desks, new books and other materials, uniforms for all children who needed them and coaching the teachers. In the spirit of 1BB's mission to provide aid one time to one community that benefits many the project was completed in one week, outsourcing as much of the work as possible to community members and leaving the students and teachers with long term improvements.
Where do we go from here?
There is a clear need to do more to close the inequality gap and improve the lives of people around the world. While there are many challenges facing us, we must continue to improve on our strategies and approaches to solving these problems. By reflection on what what we do is effective and why despite our efforts inequality continues to grow around the world, we can create strategies to more effectively tackle these issues. Working along with policymakers combats corruption and creates lasting change.
Working together we can make the world the place we want to live in and pass on to future generations to come.