Examining The Meaning Of ‘Relative’ Child Poverty

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For quite some time now, almost everybody has had somewhat of tough time, mainly because of worldwide financial crisis. We can do away with weekly visits to the theater or reduce spending on takeaway food but these sacrifices are nowhere near the hardships that child poverty brings in.

Defining Child Poverty

Child poverty can be defined as inadequacy of basic necessities like food, education plus non-availability of health care. The problem of child poverty is not confined to just developing countries. As per the estimates of the National Center for Children in Poverty about fifteen million children live under the poverty line in the US alone. These children lack good food, sufficient health care and worthwhile education. In case of developing countries these problems get fused with other natural calamities like earthquakes and civil wars. These conflicts and calamities affect the lives of children very adversely, destroying communities and lowering the probability of these children coming out of the cycle of poverty into which they are born.

Child poverty has aptly been explained as penalty for a crime that one didn’t commit. It looks bizarre that a child of five be severely penalized for having born in a poor society or neighborhood. However, as per the UNICEF, that is a reality which nearly 650 million children face everyday worldwide. The worldwide population of people surviving on just one dollar or even less per day is one billion.

A Ray of Hope

Yet, there is hope; it has always been there, especially when the times are dark. Hope is brought forward by organizations that encourage and support the Christian principles of loving thy neighbor, providing shelter, food, and protection to those who need it the most, thus helping them to restore their dreams and expectations. The world over Christian charities  are connecting together the haves and the have-nots via programs like child sponsorship. These programs make it possible to provide support and love for the most distresses children, frequently from total strangers, living in an entirely different part of this world.

People who are privileged  to have ample food on their tables can help making a large difference to the lives of poor children by making donations to sponsor a child or help Christian principles. Making donations to such organizations goes beyond just providing food and medicine; it presents an opportunity to personally connect with people all over the world, thus making it possible to bring a ray of hope to the lives of those who are denied the basic needs of life.

It is not difficult to understand that our ongoing fight against child poverty will be successful only if our efforts are united. Our message of hope can bring in inspiration that can be used for making a real difference. There are many non-government organisations that are trying to help children in need. And you can help to, not only with your donations in food and money, but with your knowledge, skills and the time you can dedicate to those in need.

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