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Cassandra Ranatunga

Why I Care about Ending Poverty

There are so many reasons. Here are two:

1. Because I'm human. Because we all are.

By chance I was born into fortunate circumstances, but everyone has that right to a standard of living adequate for their health and well-being (Article 25 UN Declaration of Human Rights).

 It is my passion and, I believe, my responsibility to use the opportunities presented to me to make a difference, and in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, to

"be the change (we) want to see in the world"

2. Because extreme poverty can and will be ended in our lifetime.


In 2010, the global poverty rate had fallen to less than half of what it was in 1990, that was 700 million fewer people living in conditions of extreme poverty in 2010 than in 1990 (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/poverty.shtml). All this has happened in my life time. Just imagine what the future holds...

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples" - Mother Teresa

I know I can't do it alone...But I know WE can do it together.         Because we are human.

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