Poverty & a starving child

Poverty Reduction Ministry & Community Development

What is Poverty?

Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom. Poverty has many faces, changing from place to place and across time, and has been described in many ways.

Poverty Video

Half of the world's population is engulfed in poverty. Worldwide, more than a billion people live in slums and the number continues to rise daily. In Kenyan slum of Kibera ther are over one million people living in crushing poverty. Slum Survivors share the stories of their remarkable courage in the face of extreme poverty.

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, He will reward him for what he has done." (Pr 19:17)

Did You Know That...

Extreme poverty is one of the most pressing issues of our age. It is the source of much of the world's suffering and makes mere survival into a struggle. No doubt you have heard some of the powerful statistics on what life is like for the world's poorest people, but they bear repeating. Of the 6.7 billion people in the world today:

  • Over 3 billion people worldwide live on less than $3 USD per day and 2.7 billion people live on less than $2 USD per day and one billion live on less than $1 USD per day.
  • One out of every four people in the world lives on just $1.25 USD per day. That is 1.4 billion people live day to day on what an American making the minimum wage rate of $7.25/hr makes in six minutes! Yes, six minutes.
  • One billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, and 270 million have no access to health services.
  • If you live in America in 2009 and had a household comprising of four people and you made $22,050 USD for the year - you would be classified by the government of the United States as living in "poverty." Even if you lived in "poverty" in the USA in 2009, then you still where richer than 81 percent of the entire world's population.

Extreme poverty has many causes: harsh climate, lack of fertile land, war and political strife, corruption at all levels, unfair trade policies, debt, disease, and famine. Many of these causes are themselves byproducts of poverty, creating a vicious cycle that is hard to escape.

The shape of poverty is complex. The world can no longer be cleanly separated into a group of rich nations and a group of very poor nations. Over the past fifty years, many of the poor nations have begun to slowly catch up with the rich ones. We now have a spectrum of countries from the wealthiest to the most impoverished, each with their own challenges and needs. This change should give us hope, as it shows that countries really can be pulled out of poverty through a combination of external aid and internal progress.

Regardless of the progress, we should not allow ourselves to be fooled or blinded by the complexity of poverty. Although some countries have taken great strides forward in reducing poverty, many nations have remained as poor as they were 50 years ago. In some countries poverty is endemic resulting in those people have fallen even further into the pit into despair. Some of these nations can be found in Latin America, and most in Africa or Southeast Asia.

We Cannot Save the World at Once but We Can Transfor a Community

In struggling countries of the world, the Church remains a beacon of hope for the poor. Very few government programs exist to assist the needy, so virtually all of the social services available to the poor are provided through Christian ministries. Freedom From Chains works directly with indigenous churches and its leaders to provide them with the specific resources that are required to implement anti poverty projects best suited to the communities they serve.

We at Freedom from Chains strive to provide overseas churches with the financial resources that will enable them to carry out their outreach projects and programs. We supply material resources and vocational training to Christian ministries and native missionaries who are already operating in areas of need so they can earn the trust of the people and thereby gain the opportunity to share Jesus Christ with community leaders. Some of the poverty reduction projects we undertake are:

  • Drilling wells to provide clean drinking water to minimize health ailments and increase productivity.
  • Building a school where no exist so that children may learn how to read, write and perform basic mathematical calculations that we in the west take for granted. An education is the most effective way of opening the doors of hope to brighten a future. Education empowers every child with dreams and dreams are themselves powerful motivators.
  • Starting literacy programs that empowers adults by given them confidence and the ability to better provide for their families.
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