SOCIAL JUSTICE: Fruitful Ways to ALLEVIATE POVERTY & its’ Barriers

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  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty around the world
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 1/3 of all poor in developing world are children below the age of 12.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Poor women have at least a year less schooling than poor men.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Over 15% of Canadians are living in poverty − about 4.9 million people.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Since 2000 the percentage of children living in poverty has remained unchanged at around 15%, or 1 million children.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Child poverty rates are even higher among new Canadians, Aboriginals and single parent households overseen by women.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree The average child poverty rate for aboriginal children is at 40%.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 1 in 3 aboriginal persons have not completed high school.
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Poverty is the single largest determinant of ill health.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
Helen Keller

Understanding that poverty limits access to growth, skills and potential, Living Ways seeks to use innovative strategies to overcome this barrier and foster access to programs and education.  Whether through scholarships to local programs or the creation of projects specifically targeted in local, national and international high risk areas, Living Ways strives to provide opportunities to foster hope, particularly in areas of despair, enabling genius to evolve, no matter one’s financial constitution.Mandela quote on education

Every individual, whatever age, has the right to fully live a life of meaning.  Poverty significantly impacts potential, let alone basic physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  Education is crucial to lift people out of poverty.  Disruption in education contributes to the spiraling “cycle of poverty”. Programs and mentoring opportunities for children, youth and adults (locally and nationally) frequently require a significant fee that is simply not feasible for many individuals or families.  Breaking down such barriers is critical to enable people, particularly children and youth, to access programs that inspire and empower them.

A core focus at Living Ways is to prioritize access to “quality” education to unlock potential and reduce the cycle of poverty. Beyond this though, we endeavour to enable access to programs where deep connection with nature and other transformative ways of learning such as storytelling and the creative arts are embedded.  Although providing technology or schooling is helpful, we go deeper to collaboratively discern, support and evaluate what will make the most difference.  As well, in high poverty areas internationally, Living Ways supports and initiates grassroots projects focused on sustainable practices, with the aim to empower people and decrease dependence on aid.

To Find out more about our projects visit our Education IS Hope Page.

Source: The World Bank, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, Oct 2013 Report
Source: The National Council of Welfare
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