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 ...view middle of the document...
Instead, richer countries need to teach the poorer nations like Azerbaijan how to earn an income, not just giving it to them.
“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...