"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control" - Article 25.1., Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 following the atrocities witnessed during the Second World War. It provides a roadmap to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere. Despite this 17% of the world's population, which currently stands at 7.1 billion, are living on less than $1.25 per day. This equates to 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty. Although this is at the extreme end of the scale, in every society, every country, there are those living on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. This effectively means a lack of access to opportunities such as:
- Durable housing
- Good schools
- Safe water
Lack of access is an enormous hurdle, but coupled with the lack of opportunity for many populations to enact positive change in their own communities, the need for sustainable development catalysts is ever apparent. Community driven initiatives are the key to ensuring self reliance rather than dependence on aid.