by Freddy & Little Massi Calling Corp (a 501c Non-Profit Organization) on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5:04am
The 2008 stats on poverty provided by the World Bank indicate that almost one-quarter of the world’s population at the time was living on less that $1.25 per day. Now that came to 1.29 billion people…
… IN “DEVELOPING COUNTRIES”…
WHAT ABOUT IN THE OTHER COUNTRIES??? AH!
“According to a special report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months, and that is the largest increase that we have ever seen since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959. (1)”
Now, this is not exactly breaking news in Appalachia, the inner cities, or the rural South… not to mention out on the Great Plains, where the three poorest counties in the United States are found on the Lakota reservations of South Dakota who have known inhumane poverty levels since LONG before these statistics were published…
And the same is true in Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada… as well as South America, India, China, Tibet… any Internet search will give you the stats if you just take the time!
NOW, THESE STATS DATE FROM 2008-2011; and IT IS NOT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER ANYTIME SOON, EITHER, YOU MAY BE SURE!
And what are the consequences OF STARK POVERTY, OR EVEN OF FALLING INTO THE EXTREME DIFFICULTY OF BEING AMONG WHAT IS NOW TERMED THE “WORKING POOR”?
becoming isolated from family and friends;
lacking hope and feeling powerless and excluded with little control over the decisions that affect your day to day life;
lacking information about the supports and services available to you;
having problems in getting your basic needs met and accessing decent housing, health services and schools and life long learning opportunities;
living in an unsafe neighborhood with high levels of crime and violence and poor environmental conditions or in a remote and isolated rural area;
going without very basic necessities because you may not be able to afford essential utilities like water, heat and electricity or to buy healthy food or new clothing or to use public transport;
being unable to afford to buy medicines or visit the dentist;
living from day to day with no savings or reserves for times of crisis such as losing a job or falling ill and thus falling into debt;
being exploited and forced into illegal situations;
experiencing racism and discrimination;
being unable to participate in normal social and recreational life such as going to the cinema or sports events or visiting friends or buying birthday presents for family members…(2)
The cruelest consequences are those suffered by the children, the disabled and the elderly. Lack of clean housing, heating, water, food and warm clothing; lack of medical treatments or the wherewithal to afford them, lack of basic services… in the cold of winter this can so easily lead to chronic illness if not to DEATH from the total inablitiy to survive the harshest cold of winter. And the same risk is incurred when the blistering heat of summer comes.
Do we sit by and watch, or turn our heads away, while these helpless people fight desperately to have a decent life? Do we allow babies and children to go hungry, to be cold, to not get the basic needs they must have to be able to grow and learn and become responsible, caring adults capable of contributing to the future of their families and communities? Do we ignore the disabled, do we let them suffer in silence, and simply die as blind eyes look on? Do we allow our elders to succumb to pneumonia in run-down lodgings with no one to provide the services they need – will we let thier lives snuff slowly out, they who would teach the young traditional values of family, of respect… they who hold the past we need to remember and learn from in order to advance boldly and with confidence into the future?
I SAY, NO!
We who believe in the duty to assist others so that they may stand again and assume their own lives, we will not turn our heads and look away.
Please join with those of us on this Page as we take on this task of bringing as many basic needs to as many who need them as we possibly can… please do whatever you can to help, even if it is only the few seconds required to click on “share this page…”
By doing one small thing you will be contributing just that little extra grain of sand to building a tower of caring…
THANK YOU. WE ARE HONORED BY YOUR PARTICIPATION.
“What you have received, give it back by sharing it with those less fortunate. You will never be the poorer for it.”