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foreign_aid
As an advocacy group, The Borgen Project works to raise awareness about the importance of foreign assistance. Foreign aid not only improves the quality of life for millions of people, but it also brings jobs to the United States and strengthens national security. Yet, in spite of the benefits that foreign aid provides, many U.S. citizens are not in favor of it.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey in 2013 reported that nearly half of the U.S. general public was in favor of major cuts to the foreign aid budget to help reduce deficits, and 65 percent believed that economic problems at home make such spending too costly. Cutting foreign assistance will not have a large impact on U.S. debt, as it consistently makes up 1 percent of the federal budget or less.

Why are so many people in favor of reducing foreign aid when doing so will not reduce deficits? One problem may be that they do not know the actual amount being spent on foreign aid. The Kaiser family poll found that U.S. citizens on average believe that 28 percent of the budget goes to international development, with 12 percent of respondents stating that half of U.S. spending is foreign aid. Similarly, 61 percent of those asked believed the current amount spent on foreign aid should be lower.

However, the public does not seem to support more foreign assistance spending even with accurate information. When the Kaiser Family poll informed respondents that about 1 percent of the budget went to fighting poverty abroad, only 28 percent believed this was too little, while 30 percent still believed this was too much and 31 percent said that the current budget was the right size.

A much larger problem may be that most U.S. citizens do not think that international development programs have strong impact. According to the Kaiser Family poll, only one quarter of respondents thought that U.S. programs to improve global health had a strong effect, while two-thirds believed the effect was “only fair” or “poor.”

Again, the idea that foreign aid has no effect is simply not true. In the 2014 Annual Letter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation explain how much international development programs help the poor. Since 1960, over 1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty. Global health programs have done incredible work to stop disease; over 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio since 1988, and in 2013 fewer than 400 cases were reported worldwide. Given current trends, extreme poverty (living on $1 per day) will end by 2035, and child mortality will drop to U.S. levels by that time as well.

Not only do people not know how much is spent on foreign aid, but they also do not know how great its benefits are. To gain support for a stronger international development budget, advocates must work to debunk both myths and educate others about the worthiness of foreign assistance.

– Ted Rappleye

Sources: kff.org, annualletter.gatesfoundation.org www-tc.pbs.org

Seattle_foundations
The city of Seattle is the headquarters of many great philanthropic organizations and nonprofits. With Seattle foundations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to our very own The Borgen Project, the city offers countless ways to get involved in the community or make an impact on a state, national or global level.

To help you in your quest to become an active citizen of the world around you, here are some Seattle foundations and non-governmental organizations to consider:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Led by Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, the Foundation’s mission is to help people live healthy, productive lives and uplift those in battling extreme poverty and hunger. With an endowment of $40.2 billion, the Foundation is in the best position to provide dozens of grants to for initiatives such as childhood immunization, polio eradication and agricultural technologies.

Alliance for Education

Alliance for Education works to provide all children in the Seattle area with the tools they need to be successful in college while building a good career and happy life. The organization has a three-pronged attack focusing on fundraising, advocacy and community engagement. Raising $131 million since 1995, Alliance for Education invests in effective public school system-wide leadership, teacher effectiveness and academic rigor.

PATH

PATH has its headquarters in Seattle. However, it has offices in over 40 cities in 22 countries. Its goal is to ensure every person leads a healthy life by advancing technologies, improving health systems and promoting healthy behaviors. PATH takes on challenges in areas like maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization and emerging and epidemic diseases. PATH engages communities by speaking their language, going to where they live to spread information to promote healthy living.

Agros International

Agros targets areas dealing with significant poverty to provide them with the facilities they need to build a hard-working fulfilled life. Argos purchases land to support up to 200 families, dividing the land between them so they can build homes, establish a garden and cultivate cash groups. They establish a community with a democratically elected governing structure and provide them with financial tools to build and sustain their businesses. To promote proper nutrition, hygiene, basic healthcare and female empowerment, Argos provides educational programs to all families in the community.

These Seattle foundations offer many career and volunteer opportunities for those seeking to get involved in the non-profit sector. Alternatively, if you are just seeking to donate, you can be sure that your money will go to a great organization that helps people around the globe climb out the depths of poverty and poor health. To serve, visit their respective websites.

– Sunny Bhatt

Sources: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance for Education, PATH, Agros International
Photo: Cospick

summer internships
As the winter season starts to wind down, students from across the country are beginning their search of summer internships. Summer internships are a great way to gain new experiences, travel to places you’ve always wanted to visit, and meet new people—all while gaining valuable skills that will give you the edge in securing employment in the future.

Landing a summer internship can seem like a daunting task. What am I interested in? How do I apply? If you have arrived at these questions, you are already on the right path! Most companies offer students the chance to play a role in their daily functions and learn about their work environment. For those interested in global poverty reduction, human rights activism, and other service based careers, here are potential summer internship opportunities for you

Political Affairs Internship, The Borgen Project

  • Meet with members of Congress and/or Congressional staffers in your State and District to discuss global poverty issues
  • Represent The Borgen Project and various business, political, and community events
  • Mobilize individuals to contact their members of Congress in support of anti-poverty legislation and assist with fundraising
  • For more information on how to apply please visit Telecommute Internships.

Summer Internship Program, American Red Cross

  • Get introduced to the mission of the American Red Cross with real-world work experience in a non-profit
  • Assist with day-to-day functions building reports, presentations, guides etc.
  • Choose from a diverse selection of positions including human resources, government relations, humanitarian services, public health & safety, biomedical services, disaster services, finance, marketing and more!
  • For more information on how to apply, visit Red Cross.

Community Engagement Intern Program, Feeding Children Everywhere

  • Get hands on experience battling on the front lines of the fight against hunger. Recruit volunteers nationwide for various “Hunger Projects”
  • Build and lead programs while performing community outreach
  • Travel to different “Hunger Projects” and network with various volunteers while preparing and packaging meals to feed hungry children
  • Please visit their Intern Program for more information and locations.

Intern, ONE Campaign

  • ONE offers students a diverse experience working in grassroots mobilization, field organizing, digital projects, communications, ans global operations
  • Interns will have to perform research and fact-checking, trips and events preparation, collection of press clips, database management, and administrative tasks
  • For more information please visit ONE.org.

Student Internship Program, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • USAID offers a variety of summer internship positions in the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Transition Initiatives, the Bureau of Africa and more.
  • Interns will be required to conduct research, draft program memoranda and other documents
  • Facilitate meetings and special events, attend program discussions in various government agencies and communicate with stakeholders and public
  • Work in fields like agriculture, education, health, environment, democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance

These summer internships offer students from diverse backgrounds with various interests a chance to develop new skills and gain valuable experience working to alleviate social problems of today.

View telecommuting internships at The Borgen Project.

– Sunny Bhatt

Sources: The Borgen Project, Red Cross, Feeding Children EverywhereIdealist.org
Photo: Wdet


A “swarm” is simply defined as a point when any congressional leader receives several phone calls from different individuals in their district regarding a bill or an issue in one day. According to one Congressional leader,  “If 5-6 people call the office in the morning, the leader is aware of it by afternoon.” When this many people take action, it becomes obvious to leaders that something is stirring, and it is important.

Below is a quick “how-to” process to swarm your congressional leaders.

1. Make the calls yourself.

You can’t expect people to swarm with you if you aren’t already making the calls yourself. All you have to do is call the offices of your two senators and your representative stating the action that you’d like to see done. For example, you might make a 30 second call to one of your leaders saying, “I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I’d like to see funding for USAID increased.” Your call will begin the tally marks.

2. Enlist supporters.

Once you’re fired up about the cause, share your passion. Enlist supporters in any way that you can and convince them to make the calls, as well. Explain things to them such as who to call, what to say, and the easiness and impact of this deed.

3. Get your busy bees swarming.

Now that you’ve made the calls and you’ve gotten your handful of supporters prepared, have them make the calls. Check back in with them and see what the responses were. Chances are, you and your group have just made a lasting impression. The tally marks are adding up and your leader will be made aware in a timely manner.

– Meagan Hurley

Sources: The Borgen Project, GEN Progress
Photo: National Geographic

what is a foreign policy la
In Congress, each distinct member has an individual who is the head of dealing with all of the foreign policy issues. These people are referred to as Foreign Policy Legislative Assistants, but are generally called Foreign Policy LA’s.

Congressional leaders look to the Foreign Policy LA for feedback on their districts to see what issues are pertinent and brought up within the constituency. It is important that individuals who have concerns in regards to global poverty contact the Foreign Policy LA because they can directly relay the information to leaders in a concise, effective manner.

Foreign Policy LA’s are often required to stay informed on all current issues in regards to foreign policy so they are well equipped to discuss the problems and solutions among voters and congressional leaders.

Often times, these LA’s are also asked to maintain files that are pending legislation by the State, maintain legislative rosters, and provide updates to State Liaisons. The larger that the “member staff” is the more a legislative assistant can really focus on the heart of the issues within their area of specialization.

It is the responsibility of the Foreign Policy LA to prepare their senator or representative before voting in the full chamber or in the committee. This is done by briefing that individual and handling any external affairs necessary to enhance the progress of Foreign Policy and Affairs.

In the event a constituent would wish to contact an LA, this could be done via telephone, email or personal letter. Individuals outside of a district can also contact the Legislative Assistants in regards that they have for a separate area, especially if they feel there is a beneficial asset that the Congressional leader should take into consideration.

An example of this would be The Borgen Project. A supporter could simply write a letter voicing their concerns on the issue of poverty and how they feel that the district would benefit from the solutions that Borgen has to provide.

Foreign Policy LA’s can be found by calling the office and asking for their contact information or visiting this site, selecting the leaders name and staff tab and viewing the information provided afterward.

– Samaria Garrett

Sources: OhMyGov, Foreign Policy, The Borgen Project
Photo: Ijtihad

Make a Difference
The world is a big place filled with billions of people. It can be easy to think that one person couldn’t possibly do enough to change the world. When the weight of global issues simply feels too huge for one person to handle, we have to remember that we do have power to make a difference, even if it starts on a small scale. Below are ten things you can do that may not change the whole world, but will change someone else’s world.

 

Simple Steps to Make a Difference

 

1. Smile: Who knew that a smile could go so far? Being friendly to others is a great way to brighten up someone else’s day. Whether it’s at the store, work, or simply walking along the street, a nice gesture like a smile could go a long way for someone having a bad day.

2. Do Some Volunteer Work: Volunteering is an amazing experience that gets us out of our daily routines and allows us to turn our efforts outwards. Go out and help feed the homeless, volunteer at local events – even picking up trash in your city is a great way to give back to the community!

3. Sponsor a Child: There are tons of organizations looking for people to sponsor children in need in countries around the world. These organizations are literally only a click away, and don’t take much time to sign up for. It is a small price to pay to make an incredible difference in a child’s life.

4. Invest and Listen: Society has become so drenched in the buzz of technology that real face-to-face interaction and relationship is growing scarce. Next time you throw out the standard, “Hi, how you doin?” make an effort to really invest in what is going in that person’s life. Ask questions that show you really care and want to listen.

5. Teach!: Go out and teach a skill to someone who wants to learn. Whether it’s teaching someone how to drive, or helping a student with their homework, your lessons will make a huge impact on their lives.

6. Donate: If you’re anything like the typical American, you probably have a lot of stuff. When it comes time to get rid of something or buy something new, make a donation instead! There are many ways to make donations online and in your community.

7. Stop What You’re Doing and HELP: It’s easy to think that our priorities are the ones that matter the most. When you’re driving and see someone along the road struggling with a flat, stop to help. Wouldn’t you want a person to do the same for you? There are tons of ways for us to lend a helping hand throughout our day.

8. Team Up with Someone to Live Healthier: Oftentimes having a workout partner is the best kind of motivation out there. If someone you know keeps talking about how he/she wants to get in shape, join them! This will make a huge impact on their lives, and together, you’ll both be on your way to a healthier life.

9. Make a Care Package: Care packages are easy and affordable to make and they can be used in so many different ways. They can be sent overseas or used locally! Next time you’re out and about and see a homeless person, offer them a care package. Keep a supply of the packages in your car and they can go a long way.

10. Having an Outward Gaze: We live in a pretty self-centered society. Many of us are taught at a young age to do what is going to make us most successful; this can lead us to do a lot things that are only self-serving. It’s time for a change of perspective! Start thinking in ways that turn that self-centered gaze outward. See what it’s like to put others needs before yours. You won’t regret it.

– Chante Owens

source: Zen Habits
Photo: ActionAid

 

Nobel peace price borgen project
The Nobel Peace Prize is the most distinguished prize in the world. Every year, one individual “who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” is awarded the prize. The prize is the stuff of myth in terms of both prestige and mystery: how and why was it ever conceived? Why is the Peace Prize so legendary and illustrious?

In 1895, Swedish industrial magnate Alfred Bernhard Nobel hand-drafted the first conceptions of the prestigious Nobel Prizes in his will. Nobel left his vast wealth for the awarding of five annual prizes to five individuals in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature, and, most prestigious of all, Peace.

The man behind the prize is a character steeped in paradox and enigma. Son of salt-of-the-earth inventor and builder Immanuel Nobel, Alfred Nobel’s childhood was filled with frequent moving and change from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, and from modest means to bourgeois status. Growing up, Nobel was a quiet intellectual who preferred the solitude of philosophy books and writing; his weak health surely contributed to his broody temperaments.

Alfred Nobel, along with his brothers, was tutored to become fluent in five languages, and taught fundamental mathematics, physics, and chemistry while in St. Petersburg. He eventually received training to become a chemist and engineer, leading to his invention of dynamite as well as other explosives used in modern warfare. Ironic, for the man who would become posthumously famous for the most famous prize in world peace, explosives was Nobel’s industry and base for wealth.

It is suggested by historians that his belated adjustments to his will to include the Prizes were inspired by a poignant but nevertheless strange occurrence. When his brother died in Cannes, France in 1888, the French papers mistook his brother for the Alfred Nobel. The headlines read: “Le marchand de la mort est mort” (“The Merchant of Death is dead”). His brother’s obituary was eerily a dress rehearsal for his own—one that he did not want for himself for when his time finally came. Historians conclude that Nobel, who was also a philosopher and pacifist, belatedly added the prizes to his will to ameliorate his fears of posthumous disrepute.

The curious case of Alfred Nobel aside, the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize is an undeniable medium of both change and historic record. Reading the accomplishments of the award through its 110 years is to turn through the pages of Modern history.

For example, there were no prizes for award peace during the tumultuous First World War that ended with no victors—only a whimper. The only prize awarded during the war years was to the Red Cross. The same occurred during WWII.

In the 1990s, “Pluralist Globalization” seemed to be the theme of the prizes. In 1990 for example, Mikhail Gorbachev was controversially awarded the Peace Prize because The Norwegian Nobel Committee had seen that he had done the most to end the Cold War. In 1993 Nelson Mandela and Frederick Willem de Klerk were award the Peace Prize for their work towards ending the violence and oppression of Apartied in South Africa.

But above all controversy and politics, the prize paints an enduring narrative of the human desire for salvation from suffering and war.

– Malika Gumpangkum

Sources: Britannica, Nobel Prize, Sweden
Photo: ABC

Making_A_Difference_Underware
Making a difference in the world can seem like a momentous task. Many people feel like their contributions will be insignificant; how can the actions of one person impact such an immense amount of people? However, making a difference may not be as hard as it may seem. Impacting the lives of others can happen in a variety of ways. By dedicating oneself to the cause of helping others, one can be ensured that they are performing acts for the greater good. There are many ways to get involved, so why not start today?

Poverty is dwindling in many areas throughout the world, but there is still a substantial amount of work that needs to be done. Many people would love the opportunity to help, but see no way to get started. This may seem daunting at first, but there are ten easy ways to get started.

Let’s start with the political aspect. First, simply calling or getting in contact with Congress with letters or emails is a great way to start. Congressional leaders have been known to support poverty-reduction legislation when as few as 7-10 people declare their interest in the issue. Second, meeting with congressional workers is surprisingly easy to set up. Our democracy was built upon these standards, so incorporating them only makes sense!

Politics, however, is not for everyone. Spending money or wearing merchandise whose proceeds go to a greater cause can be easier for some people and doing this is just as easy. For example, one can simply buy from the Borgen Project! All proceeds from the online store go towards improving living conditions of others. Besides buying straight from the Borgen Project, there are other alternatives. eBay allows its users to set aside a share of sales and profit as a donation to the Borgen Project, so purchasing items off the site also can help the cause.

Fifth, social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are an excellent way to get information about world poverty seen in the public. Social media also gives citizens a unique opportunity to interact with famous people. Sixth, by posting on politicians’ and celebrity pages, people can get their message seen on these people’s profiles. Why not use every means possible to get news of the cause heard by all, regardless of fame and fortune?

Getting the news out and garnering support to diminish international poverty can certainly be difficult. However, informing others about the cause and giving people options as to what they can do to help is an effective method. Donating time and money to a program such as The Borgen Project is a way to impact worldwide poverty. People rarely give without asking, so writing out letters asking for donations often strikes a chord. People generally feel more inclined to help when they know the facts, and when they are asked. Fundraising online is another great way to obtain support. Ninth, donating to the Borgen Project or programs such as Kershaw’s Challenge, is also very beneficial. Lastly, performing an act (such as running a marathon) and obtaining charitable support for these acts is another way to get involved.

Getting involved can be so simple even though it can appear to be complicated. However, this is hardly the case – often, just getting started can be the most difficult part. Hopefully these ten ways to get started will get some action going anywhere, from the running trail or from online shopping on the couch!

– Zachary Wright

Sources: The Borgen Project, Kershaws Challenge
Photo: Cafe Press

what is advocacy
What is Advocacy? With advocacy, people fight social injustice through political means. Advocacy groups perform a vital function in policy making, but what exactly are they? There are many types of organizations that use advocacy and many of them are non-government organization, like The Borgen Project, Greenpeace, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Rifle Association. Essentially, these groups deliberately attempt to influence policy makers to follow their agendas.

Several components of advocacy include:

  • Active promotion of a cause or principle.
  • Actions that lead to a selected goal.
  • One of many possible strategies, or ways to approach a problem.
  • Can be used as part of a community initiative, nested in with other components.
  • Not direct service.
  • Does not necessarily involve confrontation or conflict.

Advocacy is not a service, like Habitat for Humanity or passing out food at a soup kitchen. Rather than these community projects, these groups will, for example, work with government officials and persuade them to pass low-income housing legislative or improve welfare programs. Instead of standing outside of bars, warning people about drunk driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving lobby officials on behalf of more stringent drinking and driving laws.

One of the main benefits of advocacy is the ability to affect a larger population than just one community. It can be difficult, especially for small organizations, to reach a wide audience, but by speaking to several policy makers, the groups are able to influence legislation that will potentially affect thousands or even millions of people.

The more people advocacy groups involve in their cause, the more successful the cause is likely to become. Other outlets, like social media, help raise awareness and put pressure on policy decision makers to comply with the organization.

If people do not believe in the advocacy groups’s agenda, the cause may fizzle out. High levels of organizations also can determine success. Advocacy groups are an excellent way to influence the government into action, whether that be on behalf of the world’s poor or ending drunk driving.

Mary Penn

Sources: CARE USA, The Community Tool Box

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Below are ten quotes about life in poverty. Each of these quotes illuminates the everyday struggle of those living in poverty, a struggle which we here at the Borgen Project are working to eradicate.

1. “In a country well-governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

Consider two countries: the United States and Russia. In the United States, a country which we would consider well-governed, poverty is something which is never directly confronted by the media. Instead, US citizens believe that social welfare programs and soup kitchens can console the homeless and the poor.

Rather than working with the poor to help them out of poverty, we donate our spare change every once in a while. Moreover, we avoid sparking consolidated efforts within our communities because we do not believe we will receive the support of others.

Whereas in poorly governed countries, like Russia, wealth is something abstract. For the majority of people, wealth is unattainable. Poor governance and corruption create about wealth for the few, but not for the many. In these countries, wealth is a signal of corruption and unfair treatment.

2. “Poverty is the worst form of violence.” Mahatma Gandhi

Poverty is the worst form of violence because it cannot be easily eradicated with food or aid. Rather, poverty cultivates long-standing tendencies towards violence. When people live in poverty and feel as though they lack social mobility, they are more likely to resort to other forms of activity, namely violence, to get their point across.

3. “Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.” Khalil Gibran

As Gibran explains, one can learn equality from poverty. When you don’t have anything to eat and you see other people with plenty, but who are unwilling to share with you, you wish that they could understand your hunger.

Moreover, when you have plenty and you see people with nothing, you are quick to defend your goods because maybe you ‘worked’ for them. However, it is only until you have endured a life of poverty and been lifted out of it, that you can see the humanity in other people and understand their pain. Hunger is universal, poverty doesn’t have to be.

4. “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”-Muhammad Ali

Traditional warfare has always changed landscapes. Wars have been fought, territories won, and people have been conquered. The wars of poverty are categorically different because communities lift themselves up, together, to create a new, more prosperous community. The individual plight of poverty requires change; it requires individuals to recognize their struggle, identify their strengths, seek help, and work with others to make their world a better place.

5. “The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.” – Plato

A rich community cannot know what it’s like to struggle, in the same way that a poor community cannot know what it’s like to be satisfied. Communities which are neither rich nor poor, but those which strike a healthy balance between the two, are those that can know a little bit of both. These communities are empowered with the ability to abstain but also to persevere.

6. “You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat but you will not live.” – George Bernard Shaw

If all you do is work to make money and be ‘successful,’ you won’t have the time to help others. If money is your only focus, your main goal, when will you be fulfilled? When will you say enough money is enough? The truth is you will never be fulfilled. A life led in pursuit of materialistic ideals is one led in vain. If your life is not governed by a fear of poverty, you have the freedom, time and energy to find fulfillment, wherever that may be.

7. “An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.” – Albert Einstein

Hunger is a human need. One cannot address higher cognitive pursuits without first addressing their hunger. If someone is poor and hungry, their first order of business is to procure food by whatever means possible (stealing, prostitution, or other illegal activities).

Accordingly, it’s unlikely that they will be able to make sound decisions under these circumstances. In order to create the most liberating political atmosphere, one in which many people can and are actively participating, one would have to first address poverty.

8. “He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.” – Victor Hugo

If you cannot endure a life in poverty, then you allow yourself to be constrained by materialistic concerns. If you were truly free, the material wouldn’t matter. However, for a lot of people, poverty is a huge constraint. It is difficult for them to want a better life but have no means of attaining it. A huge part of living in poverty is accepting that you lack the means to do what you want to do, but that that does not, and should not, define you. Only once you rid yourself of defining feature can you really enjoy your life.

9. “Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible.” Michel de Montaigne

Much of what we see in the development world addresses poverty of goods. We provide food, aid, and resources to those who lack them in hopes of lifting them out of poverty. With these resources, poverty of goods is often cured. However, we rarely, if ever, see programs to address poverty of the soul. Poverty of the soul, unlike of goods, is present in every country.

There will always be individuals who will never be satisfied with their life. Rather than trying to address those forms of poverty, we only focus on poverty of goods. However, I would argue that humanitarian work relieves one from poverty of the soul. Rather than leaving us devoid, humanitarian work fulfills our inner need to help others and satisfies our desire to leave the world a better place than we found it.

10. “The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t always have the things you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you’d do anything to lift that burden.” – Jay-Z

People can overcome poverty. However, people who have lived in poverty can never overcome the amount of shame incurred by their time spent in poverty. Throughout their time in poverty, these people remember being treated differently; they remember never having enough food on the table; they may even remember coveting others for having more than them.

These ills brought on by a life in poverty are not easily erased and they often leave a huge impact on these individuals if they come out of poverty, as Jay-Z did. The key for people who have come out of poverty is for them to carry those feelings with them in their daily intentions and to acknowledge people living in poverty today with certain compassion.

– Kelsey Ziomek
Sources: Good Reads, Brainy Quote

 

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