Here in Kenya, only one percent of the population is considered rich, a household earns more than 500,000 shillings a month. This is more than an average middle class American (they earn an average of $60k a year, 450k shillings a month)! Kenya’s middle class makes up six percent of our population, with a household income of 40,000 shillings or more. This leaves the other 93% living on or below the poverty line! We have three types of poor: working, non-employed, and destitute. The working poor live on the poverty line, earn 10,000 to 40,000 shillings a month, and make up 43% of the population. The non-employed poor are 40% of the population and earn less than 10,000 shillings a month. Last but not least, the destitute poor earn nothing and are slowly starving to death. They are the street children, the abandoned elderly, and the isolated sick.
Poverty and the hardship of life kills dreams. The poor have no room to dream, they can only think about surviving. It is our duty to remember the poor! My friends, we cannot leave them behind! We need to be kind and to treat them with respect. We need to help them and to lift them up! The only way to raise someone out of poverty is to raise them above the poverty line!