Cheng Hsien Tan
Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience to fight world hunger and poverty through child sponsorship programs. Central Idea: The world has a huge problem with poverty and hunger and this problem could be immensely downsized if everyone that has a little extra money sponsors a child. Pattern of Organization: Problem-Solution
(Attention Getter): How many of you see poverty and hunger as a problem in our world? How many of you think that you cannot feasibly help solve this problem? II.
(Reveal Topic): A lot of children around the world are deprived of one or more of the essentials to survival and development. III.
(Relate to Audience): I am sure almost all of us in here will have kids in the future at some point. Imagine not being able to give your child food to eat on a daily basis. Imagine making your child walk six miles daily to retrieve water that is not even sanitary. These are some terrifying thoughts, but so many children are living in these conditions as we speak. You may think that you cannot do anything about this but I am here today to tell you that you can. You can save a child’s life and help them get out of these conditions by sponsoring a child through a child sponsorship organization. IV.
(Credibility): Along with the extended research that I have done with this topic, I am currently sponsoring two children through World Vision, just one of the many programs that offer child sponsorships. V.
(Preview): Today, I will share with you one of the biggest problems in the world today which is poverty, especially with children, and then I will share one solution to help diminishing this problem. Connective (Internal Preview): I will start by showing how big of problem child poverty really is and how many other world problems such as hunger, diseases, and even death spawn from poverty. I. The world’s population recently reached 7 billion people and out of these, around 2.2 billion are children. According to United Nations Children’s Fund, most commonly as known as UNICEF, 1 billion of those 2.2 billion children are living in poverty. A. Poverty has a different effect on children than it does adults. 1. According to Hans Olsen, writer of the article Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Child Poverty which was published in the New Straits Times in Malaysia on October 16, 2011, children that live in poverty have a lack not only physical resources but also lack spiritual and emotional resources that are needed to survive, grow, and flourish. 2. Child poverty spawns a cycle of poverty that is hard to break. It is hard for children that are born in poverty to change that situation and thus the cycle repeats.
B. Poverty has spawned other huge problems in the world.
1. Hunger and undernourishment is one byproduct of poverty. a. With no money to buy food and no government programs implemented to help support people that cannot buy food, naturally these families are going to go hungry. b. The quality of food that they can afford does not support healthy eating habits and thus most of them are undernourished which can lead to many health problems, weak immune systems, and stunted growth to a name a few. 2. A lack of health care is another problem created from poverty. This also ties in closely with being undernourished. a. According to a child nutrition report put out by UNICEF, undernourished children are more prone to infection and are more likely to die from common childhood illnesses. b. According to UNICEF, 22 million infants are not protected from diseases by routine immunization. 3. Poverty also causes a problem with being able to send children to school. 4. Poverty, along with its byproducts, can lead to death in a lot of cases. a. According to the UN Inter-agency Group on Child Mortality Estimation’s 2011 report, 21,000 children under the age of 5 died every day. i. This is equivalent to 1 child dying every 4 seconds,...
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