To tackle the global issue of poverty, we have to get rid of the discriminatory separation between classes, and help each other in times of trouble.
A quick recap on what my action project is about:
People who live in poverty are a large group of people who experience other troubles connected; lack of education, labour, substance and alcohol abuse, discrimination, violence, illness, lack of housing, lower life expectancy, vulnerability and more. The goal with my project is to work to help make the lives of vulnerable people a little bit easier, even if only for a short period of time. My hopes are that with this project I will be able to stimulate interest in others like me to get involved and help others, because if we all work together we can end poverty by destroying the discriminatory barriers that separate us. We should be together and united, not holding single-story stereotypes and judging each other.
Gathering together my research, advice from a professional and my end goal, I created a project that should help people living in poverty with hygiene, health, hunger, thirst, and illness for the upcoming cold seasons. I will be creating care packages that include hygiene products like baby wipes/sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, q-tips, tissues, feminine care products, and more, as well as first aid products (band-aids,..), bottled water, lasting foods (trail mix, beef jerky, etc.) and finally warm socks or gloves for the upcoming winter season. I will be putting these objects together in the hopes that it will be able to contribute help to the lives of vulnerable people living in poverty.
Here are the steps to achieve my goal and how I plan to accomplish them:
I will firstly plan a budget of the amount of money I am willing to personally spend on this project. I am hoping to receive donations as well, because I know that some people may have extra objects that haven’t been used (tissues, toothbrushes, dental floss, etc.) and it would also be good to give others the opportunity to make a change in real lives of real people. I will have to see how much each object within my goal will cost, and if I am over budget I will have to cut out the objects that aren’t as necessary as the others and prioritize them.
Secondly I will be putting the packages together. I will gather together both bought and donated items and separate them into different packages. I will ensure that each package is equal in materials so that when I am giving out the packages it will be more efficient. My goal is to be able to create at least 10 packages if not more.
Finally I will be handing out the packages. I will travel to areas where I can find people living in vulnerability, and hand the care packages out to them. I would travel with someone else to ensure safety and efficient delivery of the packages.
My deadlines would vary between 1-2 weeks for each step, depending on the step (for example, creating a budget would probably take only a week, but creating the packages themselves could take longer (2 weeks)). I plan to finish this Action project by the end of November, because I believe that will be enough time for me to complete and organize my steps individually.
If I follow these steps and stay organized and prompt, I believe that I could successfully complete this project with a feeling of real positive change in the lives of people living in poverty.