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(Updated on 10/07/2016)


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Facts :

  • Fair trade - Resources

  • Bill Gates explains which 'superpower' he'd choose to help poor - VIDEO - 23 February 2016
    "If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
    That's the question school children in the US put to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, and their answers - more time, and more energy
    - led to a new outlook on how to help the world's poor.
    The couple outlined their strategy in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Annual Letter, an open note written to high school students that proposes new ideas in their charitable work.
    They spoke to the BBC's Laura Trevelyan about how these super-human abilities could bring about real-life change in developing areas."



  • America's homeless resort to tent cities : ARTICLE + VIDEO
    "Panorama's Hilary Andersson comes face to face with the reality of poverty in America and finds that,
    for some, the last resort has become life in a tented encampment."

  • "Needy families and individuals
    line up during the ninth annual Harris Teeter Redskins Harvest Feast in Landover, Maryland.
    Sponsored by the Harris Teeter grocery chain, the Washington Redskins and other organisations, the food donation programme provides 3,500 families with a whole turkey and other food in a Thanksgiving basket."



  • The rigged rules of global trade
    Trade robs poor people of a proper living, and keeps them trapped in poverty. These short animations explain why.

    Rigged rules explained: Interactive diagrams


  • Homeless man builds his own car out of junk
    He "decided to build the car he couldn't buy using junk, spare parts and a hammer and chisel....
    The mostly Fiat shrimpmobile can reach 50 mph on the highway, and Souza has been able to use it to find a home and a job in the local sugarcane fields.


  • The Wrong Trainers - "Newsround investigates children who live in poverty in the UK."


  • New York City funds relocation for homeless people
    City pays for petrol vouchers or bus and plane tickets
    • Scheme aimed at cutting costs for homeless shelters


  • More 'inequality' in rich nations
    "The gap between rich and poor in most wealthy nations has widened, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has said...
    The report found that the income of the richest 10% of people was, on average, nearly nine times that of the poorest 10%...
    The US has the highest inequality rate after Mexico and Turkey "


  • Biofuel use 'increasing poverty'
    "The replacement of traditional fuels with biofuels has dragged more than 30 million people worldwide into poverty, an aid agency report says.
    Oxfam says so-called green policies in developed countries are contributing to the world's soaring food prices, which hit the poor hardest. The group also says biofuels will do nothing to combat climate change...
    One UN adviser went as far as describing biofuels as a "crime against humanity". "





  • Muhammad Yunus - "Banker of the poor"
    - Nobel Peace Prize 2006



  • Poverty (Wikipedia)
    1 Discourses on poverty
    2 World poverty
    3 US cities with a high rate of poverty
    4 Causes of poverty
    5 Eliminating poverty
    6 Debates about poverty
    7 Literature...


  • Graphically compare nations (505 stats) :
    Fastest Growing - Richest - Poorest... (nationmaster)


Vocabulary :


INTERACTIVE exercises :


Listening :

Conversation Questions :

Lesson plans :

  • Child poverty grows as cities expand - a lesson plan with audio
    "A new report from the United Nations Children's Fund warns that hundreds of millions of children in the world's cities are living in poverty."

  • UN: Hunger kills 6m children a year - a lesson plan
    with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."
    (Breaking News English)


Poems :

  • Poverty by Pablo Neruda (


Quotes :


  • Rags make paper... :
    Rags make paper; paper makes money; money makes banks; banks make loans; loans make beggars; beggars make rags

  • "A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread."
    Georges Bernanos


Signs :



Cartoons :



Royal Wedding Invitation
"Today's cartoon by  Mac in the Daily Mail  is inspired by the news that the
Royal couple intend to invite homeless teenagers to their wedding
at Westminster Abbey in April of next year..."




Save your money, Grandma!



Poor nations


A shoulder to cry on

Poor devils



Rich and poor


Slum world




North Vs South - (absolutenglish-972)

"Take a look at the picture
Identify : - the type of document - the main characters - the main subject.
Compare the characters, then the situation.
Do the exercises on the comparative and superlative forms."



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Songs :


  • Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
    + the LYRICS
    "It's been a long old trouble long old troublesome road
    And I'm looking for somebody come and help me carry this load...
    I had a job but the boss man let me go...
    is there someone whose dollar that I can borrow
    Who can help me take away my sorrow"

  • Up to our necks in it sung by Skunk hour (YouTube)
    - the LYRICS : - UPDATED
    "When I come to meet a man, a forsaken man
    He is alone, he has no home, no family here
    No brother, no mother, no sister, no other
    He cries to me, he is tired
    Where does he send his message?
    To what, to whom, to why, to where does he send it?..."


  • Pearls sung by Sade (
    "There is a woman in somalia
    Scraping for pearls on the roadside
    There's a force stronger than nature
    Keeps her will alive
    That's how she's dying
    She's dying to survive..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Subcity sung by Tracy Chapman :
    "People say it doesn't exist
    'Cause no one would like to admit
    That there is a city underground
    Where people live everyday
    Off the waste and decay
    Off the discards of their fellow man"

    - the VIDEO
  • Richard Cory by Simon and Garfunkel ( :
    "He had everything a man could want: power, grace, and style.
    But I work in his factory
    And I curse the life I'm living
    And I curse my poverty
    And I wish that I could be, ...
    Richard Cory."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

    Richard Cory - a poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935) :
    "He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean-favoured and imperially slim..."

    Listen to it
  • Breadline Britain by Jimmy Somerville :
    "This free and promised land
    Where the rich don't give a damn
    People getting hungry and people
    getting poor
    People getting destitute and more"

  • Even Flow by Pearl Jam :
    "Freezin', rests his head on a pillow made of concrete..."
  • Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani :
    "If I was a rich girl (na, na....)
    See, I'd have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl
    No man could test me, impress me, my cash flow would never ever end
  • Nobody knows you when you're down and out by Eric Clapton :
    "Then I began to fall so low,
    Lost all my good friends, I did not have nowhere to go...
    In your pocket, not one penny,
    And as for friends, you don't have any.
    When you finally get back up on your feet again,
    Everybody wants to be your old long-lost friend."

  • PANHANDLIN' PRINCE by Ugly Kid Joe :
    "Yeah you see me lyin' with my brothers
    In the gutter with my paper bag in hand..."
  • Rockin' In The Free World by Neil Young

  • Street life by The Crusaders :
    "Street life, you can run away from time
    Street life, for a nickel, for a dime
    Street life, but you better not get old
    Or you're gonna feel the cold
  • What It's Like by Everlast :
    "We've all seen the man at the liquor store beggin' for your change
    The hair on his face is dirty, dreadlocked and full of mange..."


Videos :


  • Coldplay's Chris Martin for the Make Trade Fair campaign
    "Oxfam America and Make Trade Fair teamed up to send Coldplay's Chris Martin to Africa to see firsthand the extreme poverty endured by so many and how fair trade in these areas can improve the lives of those who live and work there."





Animations :