There are many conflicting questions, views and policies regarding poverty. How can it end? Do we alleviate poverty or reduce it? How?
Poverty has been defined and redefined. Experts talk endlessly about it.
Poverty has been part of life on planet earth for centuries. It never seems to go away.
We lament when seeing children hungry or dying young or families surviving on garbage dump morsels. We see the adverse effects of poverty whenever we choose to look.
Poverty is such an immense and complex issue we barely see and throw up our hands in resignation. What can we do about it anyways?
Maybe we have overanalyzed it. Maybe the issue as an issue has been magnified and blurred.
We seek to understand poverty not as a state of being or economic state but as a process lived every day by individuals.
Poverty from an individual’s point of view is something that happens every day through hundreds of decisions that either reverse or propel poverty forward. We have ascertained after years of research and investigation that there are five key forces of poverty that need to be understood and reversed in order to have a positive effect. Our concern is that individuals learn to use these forces to reverse their own poverty however they would assess it.
Poverty of Mind
Poverty of Love and Belonging
Poverty of Social Interaction
Poverty of Trust and Hope
Poverty of Resources
With this multi dimensional approach five key forces are proposed that will aid in reversing poverty. Each force can be used by individuals to improve their own lives and families. To reverse poverty of mind there is learning, to reverse poverty of love and belonging there is family, to reverse poverty of social interaction there is communication, to reverse poverty of trust and hope there is faith, to reverse poverty of resources there is work.
By varying degrees and in combination with each other learning, family, communication, faith and work will reverse poverty. This is not a quick fix nor bandage solution. It is a focused solution to guide one’s daily efforts to cope with poverty and slowly but surely reverse it.