Whilst a report from Oxfam Intermón highlights that the number of poor in Spain has doubled, the Government refuses to exclude its minister from a pay rise.
The Spanish Catholic Church charity organization, Cáritas, attended to over 20,000 people in need in the province of Granada alone during 2013. Cáritas in its annual report pointed out that 13,117 of that number are from the city itself.
“Approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty. Poverty creates ill-health because it forces people to live in environments that make them sick, without decent shelter, clean water or adequate sanitation.” (WHO) This is also the reality in Nicaragua, where I had the opportunity to work in the mountains for six weeks.
La Caixa, with a budget for 2011 of half a billion euros, offers various programs around Spain with the aim of combating poverty.