True, over 800 million people do not eat every day and live in misery, but there is also a little-known story. "In the past 30 years," wrote Mr. Kristof, "the percentage of people in the world living in extreme poverty has more than halved. Not only that, the planet today has for the first time in its history the possibility of eliminating extreme poverty, identified as a level of income lower than $ 1.90 a day."
True, there is poverty, or to be more precise, misery, such as that of Kidu, Joel and Shani, who rise each day without knowing whether they will eat anything. The challenge for 2030 is to eradicate poverty, one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, signed by all governments. A future of hope opens up. "The World Bank shows that the number of people living in extreme poverty in the world has decreased by 1.1 billion over the last 25 years, the period in which the world's population has grown by almost 2 billion," says M. De la Rocha and M Negre, World Bank consultants.
Lack of access to health and education, insecurity, social exclusion, malnutrition, lack of security ... are a number of factors related to poverty.
Present in over 130 countries around the world, the Salesian Congregation does its best to bring its grain of sand, its contribution, in the struggle against poverty by providing education to children and devoting their work to the poorest and most needy.
Some may wonder about the whys of this commitment. The answer was left by Don Bosco himself: "In the person of the poor, and especially of the most abandoned, we can see the representation of the Savior. That is why it is not the poor children who ask for your charity, but Jesus himself, in the person of His poor."