The Problem Of Poverty

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Poverty is defined as not having sufficient money or resources to meet basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Many people experiencing poverty may not be able to access healthcare, receive an education, or participate in recreational activities. They are often marginalised because their level of income does not allow them to meet the standard of living deemed acceptable by society. People vulnerable to poverty include those living with disabilities (mental and physical), single parents, the elderly, youth, and racialized communities. Worldwide, 1.4 billion people (as of 2005) live below the poverty line of $1.25 per day, with over 3 billion people living on less than $2.50 a day. 1 billion children live in poverty, the equivalent of half the children in the world with approximately 21,000 children dying of easily preventable diseases. In Canada alone, 4.9 million people live in poverty, the equivalent of 1 in 7 people, with Indigenous children being more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous kids. As of 2010, around 100,000 people in Ottawa, or approximately 10% of Ottawa’s population, are considered to be poor.
The following photo essay will explore the ways in which world religions have addressed the problem of poverty by examining beliefs and practices from Islam, Aboriginal spirituality, and Christianity. In the Islamic faith, Almsgiving or Zakat (a pillar of Islam) will be explored. The issue of poverty in Aboriginal

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