There has been a big talk about poverty in the world and even in America. According to the Huffington Post about 14.5% of americans live below the poverty line, and get some form of assistance from the government. These families typically live in a small house, with at least a car and the kids go to work while the parents are off at work trying to make an income. They get help from the government with food stamps so they can eat, and have many amenities that are free to the public or at a low cost that almost everyone can afford.
This summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to Thailand for a humanitarian service trip for two weeks to serve in a community, where they were living in poverty. The country was filled with families work hard day in and day out, and the kids were sent to school for 5 hours, and then would help the school with projects they needed help with to restore their properties. It was normal to see a family living in a house with a common room outside with a partially covered roof, and one big covered room, where everyone in their family slept. That includes their grandparents, the parents, and typically 2-3 kids. The Thai people lived in a community, where they believed sharing was a big part of their lives, and would share their food or even tools. Typically a couple of people would have cars in the neighborhood, and if you needed to go somewhere you would either walk or borrow someone’s truck or scooter. They did not having washing machines, showers, or better yet even electricity, and would have to do everything manually.
It is interesting to see poverty in America vs poverty in undeveloped countries. The people who live in an undeveloped countries definitely take poverty to a whole other lever, and yet the people there somehow are happier. They have so little, that it makes the people living in poverty in America look rich. I hope the fight to end poverty continues, and people begin to realize that there are countries out there that have it so much worse than what we have it here in the USA, and to be grateful for everything that we are given.Tags: america poverty thailand