-=< Poverty >=-"Poverty is the worst form of violence." - Mahatma Gandhi


Description of this Heartbreak

Poverty is the state of being very poor. When people's needs for clothing, food, and shelter are not met, they are considered to live in poverty. Poverty is prevalent in developed and developing countries. Inhabitants of slums are in poverty. A few big slums can be found in Brazil, India, and Mexico. But there are small slums all over the world.

‍‍Why does this break your heart?‍‍‍

Poverty is an issue that needs fixing because whenever I travel to India, I can see many slums. These slums make my heart break because of the "homes" the inhabitants live in. They are shabby, and they seem like they will fall over any minute. I believe that these people deserve better. I want to do something to help the inhabitants of slums, such as make an app about how you can help them. For example, I could include the locations of organizations that donate to slums, so people can donate money to these organizations if they want to help battle poverty. ~Mitt - WHS

Poverty is a worldwide problem that affects millions of people. This breaks my heart because people are not able to enjoy the things that many enjoy. They have to struggle to get food and they usually do not have a home. Many of them appreciate anything that they can get because they have not really ever had anything.~Cameron WHS

A lot of people think that poverty does not happen everywhere, but it does. There is this little boy I know that never knows where or even if he is going to lay his head down at night. His parents have been in and out of jail constantly and are not married. His mother drags him around from house to house to see all of her different boyfriends. One day my mother took the child shopping and bought him everything he asked for. He did not ask for much and when my mom tried to buy him a bag of candy, he said "Mrs. Brandi are you sure you have enough money for this because if you don't, the police will come get you." This situation is so heartbreaking and is one of the reasons why I chose poverty as my heartbreak. ~Morgan - WHS

People living in poverty are not able to fully experience all that life has to offer. Many people take their lifestyle for granted, and don't think about how many people are suffering and scrambling to get at least one meal every few days. I believe that poverty is a world issue that the world can correct by raising awareness and support, both emotionally and financially. Kids do not have a choice in where they are born or where they live, and are often stuck in their situation. It is up to the people around the world that can make a difference to do so. ~ Michael H. - FBS

People in poverty face a daily struggle to survive. While many people don’t have to worry about food or shelter, people in poverty don’t know when they will have their next meal. It breaks my heart to see that poverty I still such a serious issue after hundreds of years. There should be more we are able to do for these people in this age of innovation and creativity. ~ Benjamin - FBS

Almost every time I go on vacation, I see at least five homeless people sitting on the curb asking for money just so that they can eat a meal. I wish I could help them but there's nothing I can do, I don't have any money or food to give them but I know that lots of people do. It's just horrible imagining what they go through, struggling for food and have to walk the streets begging for clothes and food...it's funny though, almost every time I see them, they are so happy. They always get so happy and exited when you give them just a few dollars; it really opens your eyes to how much we take for granted. -Noah FBS

When I went to Mexico in summer I saw a family of three struggling to buy bread. It breaks my heart to see that people with poverty can't afford to buy or have anything. My cousins and I decided to help them out for a good deed. When they thanked us, they went and sat in the curve. We asked them if they wanted a ride home. Then, this is the part that breaks my heart. They said that they didn't have a house or money. This broke my heart. When we were on our way, I was thinking how much they must struggle. ~ Giancarlo - FBS

If I ever go to Atlanta, or Athens, or any big city, it is almost guaranteed that there will be a homeless man or woman sitting on the side of the road or something. It always breaks my heart to see that there are people, a majority of the time they are war veterans, that I can't do anything for. With a family of war veterans, it would break my heart if my grandpa or uncle was out of a job when they returned and had to lose their home. - Riley FBS

I used to live in North Carolina before I moved here, I haven't seen that many homeless people here but it was always so sad seeing all the homeless back home. It hurts me when they walk up to me or my window and ask for money because I don't have anything to give them. If there was any way I could help them I would, because I know I would want someone to do it for me. It truly breaks my heart to see that. - Julie FBS

I once visited Mexico, while there I saw quite a few families walking around with blankets and book bags. I didn't realize it at the time but they were homeless, I only wish I knew so that I could give them some money to buy food. That just really sucks for them and i feel bad thinking about people like that. -Alex P.

I live in the city, so I see the impacts of poverty in neighborhoods and on the streets. Each day, when I go to school, I ride past a homeless shelter that doesn't have enough space for everyone. They are forced to sit outside on the sidewalks with their possessions and do anything they can to keep warm. The city and others are trying to shut down the homeless shelter, but there is no other option for a place to go. I think suitable housing should be built and opportunities for jobs or training should be made available. This can't be done without sponsors and donations. ~Keaton RCA

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Why should other people care about this heartbreak?

Other people should care about poverty because no one wants to live in poverty. No one wants to be poor. If you were living in poverty, you know that you would accept any help you could get. Imagine if you had no sanitation, plumbing, or access to clean water. How would you carry out your daily life? People living in poverty don't have these amenities that we take for granted. so join us in this battle against poverty!

‍‍‍‍App‍‍ Features‍‍

Our app features include the following, as seen in the Brainstorming Map. We aim to have categories of photos, statistics, volunteering, and charities with specifics in each. These 4 categories will give people an insight to those who live in poverty. We will also link to charities for those who want to help.

I think we should add a section for volunteer opportunities to help those in need based on county or zipcode so that people can volunteer or donate money. This would be another section VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES -You would be prompted to put in your country, state, city, or zip code to find local opportunities. We would have to find a way to connect our app to a database of volunteer opportunities that exists or make one. Here is a web based database that allows you to search by city or zipcode. Volunteer Match(Keaton RCA)

Heartbreak Creations

We aim to create an app to help raise awareness for those living in poverty. Right now, our ideas for our app include listing a few locations of charities that donate to those in poverty and adding videos, pictures, and facts about those living in poverty to make people more aware of their condition.


‍‍App Name Ideas‍‍

Everyone give their ideas for names for the app. We need at least 50 ideas before we make a decision.
1. Make Poverty History
2. Compassion
3. Fighting Poverty
4. Helping the Poor
5. No More Poverty
6. Global Poverty Problems
7. Erase Poverty
8. Battle Against Poverty
9. Stay Above Poverty
10. Advice About Poverty
11. A Penny for Poverty
12. Power Against Poverty
13. Help for the Homeless
14. Helping Hand
15. XoutPoverty
16. Lend a Hand
17. Hope for the Homeless
18. More for the Poor
19. People Against Poverty
20. weCare
21. Plan Against Poverty
22. Poor No More Keaton RCA
23. The Atrocity of Poverty
24. End Poverty
25. Help the Homeless
26. Homeless Hope
27. Homeless Helpers
28. Penny for life.
29. Save a life.
30. Help a life.
31. Saving lives.
32. Ending poverty.
33. Break the Cycle
34. UpLift
35. Bridge the Gap
36. PovHelp
37. Make a Difference
38. Helpful Heroes
39. Poverty-Be-Gone
40. World Relief
41.Make The world great Again
42.Change the world

App Feature Suggestions

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I think we could use a contact us box, so other people can send us their opinion.
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I don't like the background but the Google Form idea is a good one. Maybe we can make one so our users can review our app.
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The photos section is a must in our app. I think we should put the photos tab first, statistics second, and charities third.
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This logo is very appealing to me. I think we could make a logo of two people shadows holding each other's hand to symbolize help.
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I like the Facebook idea. We could make our app a Facebook page for support, and so that others get to know about our app.
Our logo could be like a person donating to a charity or giving money to the poor.
We could have photos that inspire people to do something about poverty.
We could add a page with quotes about poverty. They could be very inspiring to people.
We could have a page that had different individual countries and statistics about those different countries.
We could make a page with suggestions on how to help those in poverty.

Project Manager Voting

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Students Involved

Mitt P.-WHS
Morgan -WHS
Levie- WHS
Michael H. - FBS
Riley W. - FBS
Benjamin B. - FBS
Giancarlo H. - FBS
Noah S. - FBS
Subzero - DMS
XZero - DMS
Keaton T- RCA
Alex P - FBS
Julie W -FBS
Hunter S WHS
Brent J. WHS

  1. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
  2. As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
  3. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
  4. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
  5. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty--that's less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.
23. About 2.8 billion people still rely on wood, crop waste, dung and other biomass to cook and to heat their homes.Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.