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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Monday, October 17, 2016 6:57 AM | Emma Hill

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was established by The United Nations’ (UN) International on October 17 1993. It has been observed each year since. It raises awareness of the need to eradicate poverty especially in developing countries. [6]

Poverty is expensive.

Poverty (defined as inadequate income, nutrition, and basic resources) deprives individuals of their potential in 5 ways: [1,2,3, 4]

  • Impoverished children lack the nutrients they need to grow into physically and mentally healthy adults.
  • Impoverished children lack the social supports and education needed to maximize their potential.
  • These children often lack physical or social access to jobs that pay living wages, assuming they had the required education.
  • Poverty limits access to medical resources.
  • Children who grow up with the stress of poverty have been shown to suffer long term health problems and reduced cognitive development. Adults, likewise, suffer from the chronic stress of poverty, leading to an increase in serious health problems and emotional disorders like depression.

Parents and families who are below the poverty line often lack the tools and resources they need to provide for and protect their families. When people don’t have enough to provide for themselves, they don’t often have enough to share. Severe poverty makes it very difficult for communities to develop economic resiliency, and inhibits the growth of local social and economic networks. Finally, severe poverty deprives nations of the income potential of millions of people, and the waste of this human capital contributes to global food shortages. [1,2,3, 4]

Poverty poses very broad problems, so various global and national NGOs, like UNESCO and other major organizations, have decided to focus on 17 sustainable development goals. As you can see here, theses are broad, far-reaching goals.


Eradicating poverty is a huge challenge. Brighter Tanzania Foundation focuses on alleviating poverty through education and investing in the local economy in Arusha, Tanzania. All our school’s supplies, maintenance, and labor needs are met by local businesses. Donations to BTF go directly to Saving Grace Day and Boarding School, and from there, out to the rest of the community. That money spreads when businesses pay bills and pay employees. 

Local farmers bringing their goods to market. 

Brighter Tanzania also offers education intended to build the foundation for academic, emotional, and economic success. The academic portion is a standard primary education- literacy, numeracy, and creative expression. Saving Grace also incorporates what we call the “Real World Learning” program. This program teaches “soft-skills” like empathy, work-ethic, integrity, as well as basic trade skills like sewing, cooking, etc. This dynamic combination of traditional academics and our “Real World Learning” ensures our students have the skills to succeed in secondary school, or contribute to their family’s income by aiding the family business, or finding gainful employment. We encourage all our students to advance their studies, as every year of education has significant impacts on income and access to healthcare, quality food, and better jobs. [5] However, we must be realistic. Some of our students may be required to contribute to the family’s income. We strive to develop well-rounded youth capable of meeting and overcoming life’s challenges.







Brighter Tanzania Foundation is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations may be tax-deductible.

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Middleton, WI 53562

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