This blog is about my journey in discovering more about world poverty. I am not an economist, politician or activist. I’m a photographer, I can take a pretty decent picture but ask me about disease, famine or homelessness and I feel out of my depth. I even had to google the word ‘economist’ to make sure I was referencing the correct thing.
I feel that saying ‘poverty’ is like using a bad word, it’s not one you hear over your morning coffee or during a much needed catch up with your closest friends. People don’t like using it and many certainly don’t like hearing it. Up until very recently I was one of those people. I found it easier to cruise through life avoiding the news and distracting myself with frappuccino’s and Facebook then actually engaging in the world around me.
So why am I doing this? Why am I setting out on a journey that is going to be upsetting, challenging and disrupt my very comfortable cruise through life? Because I believe God calls us to help those in need. 22,000 children die everyday due to poverty, 80% of the worlds population live on less then £2 a day, I can’t walk through my hometown without seeing countless homeless men and women. Poverty is global and poverty is on my door step.
I don’t know where this journey will take me and I don’t know what I will learn, but I do know that I feel excited about finding out.