Poverty in Azerbaijan
Part One: Catholic Social Teaching Statement
About 42% of rural people in Azerbaijan live below the poverty line and 13% of people live in extreme poverty including Rzaeva Tegran who is a native resident of the Imishli district. Her husband died in 1999 and she was left to raise their five children. She had no higher education because it is thought that women do not need it. The church believes that God does not want us to live in poverty, but he wants us not to put faith in wealth, but to be able to have appreciation of his grace and share the bounty with the have not. Rzaeva Tegran was loaned only 500 dollars and she started a bread baking business, she has started to get her life on track. However, Poverty is still and has been a serious problem in Azerbaijan since the collapse of the U.S.S.R. The average wage is low even by Soviet standards and due to the political and economical turmoil that followed independence; the country’s poverty was worsened even more. By 1990, more than 35% of the country was living in absolute poverty. Even though the situation has improved over the last 20 years, the conditions of Azerbaijan need improving.
“We are called to show a special preference, as God shows preference, for those who are poor, weak, or marginalised. Jesus spoke more about wealth and poverty than any other subject.” (Pope John 23rd)
By helping and teaching the poor people of Azerbaijan to become self-sufficient and improving education, agriculture and health systems, it will reduce and eventually abolish poverty in Azerbaijan altogether. Jesus said that if you give a man a fish, you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime. What Jesus said is the backbone or main theme of this solution. This plan of eliminating poverty is more practical than other plans including the ”pumping” of money into poor countries, although this might help in the short term the poor people will not know how to live properly or do things for themselves in the long run. Instead, richer countries need to teach the poorer nations like Azerbaijan how to earn an income, not just giving it to them.
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“Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Unless he doesn’t like sushi—then you also have to teach him to cook.”- Auren Hoffman (Nordeen, n.d)
Auren Hoffman’s quote elaborates on what Jesus said because it involves teaching the less fortunate one skill and then teaching them another that relates to the previous one.
The actions that need to take place to eradicate poverty in Azerbaijan first of all is to convince rich countries that abolishing poverty will be of benefit to them as well.
“It is easy to speak fondly of being merciful to the poor and disenfranchised in society. What is difficult is to do justice for them because it would require so many changes in our own lives.” – Joan Chittister OSB (bla, n.d)
Other actions include improving supplies of clean water and affordable health care, Improving training, agriculture and equipment for farmers and the quality of education for young people. By providing more work opportunities and incentives for the poor people of Azerbaijan so they can support themselves and their families. These steps toward a preferred future without poverty in Azerbaijan will be carried out charity organizations, churches and governments from wealthy countries and also the government of Azerbaijan.
To accomplish the task of putting an end to poverty actions need to tart taking place now. There are already charity organizations set up in Azerbaijan including The Society for Humanitarian Research which is a non-governmental organization that was founded on January 17, 1997 they prepare programs for citizens to participate in about legal advice along with many other things. Convincing richer countries to provide help is the main step of the solution if we are to rid poverty in Azerbaijan. The solution to the problem is not to make poor people wealthy but to reduce the wealth gap. Christians believe that wealth can be used for good or evil, and so, in itself it is not a bad thing.
The rich, the middle class, and the poor; are described by the way we live and the amount of money one has. There are many different ways of describing what poverty is, whether it is by how you live, how much money you have, or in statistical terms. Poverty isnt always a bad thing it is just another way of living, another way of life. There are different kinds of poverty that you can measure. ...