poverty 

How do you give back?

Every year about this time, our local newspaper publishes a list of children in need. The list gives information on the child's sex, age and a few things he or she should would like to receive for Christmas. These are children who otherwise might not...

Impoverished Philippina hangs herself

Abject poverty was apparently the reason an eleven-year-old girl hung herself in the Philippines, recently. Leaving behind little more than a letter wishing for a bicycle, shoes, and jobs for her parents and a diary detailing her life as one of the...

Plumpy'nut: the wonder food

A child dies from malnutrition every six seconds, on average. Now, however, there may be a way to combat that. Plumpy'nut is a peanut-based concoction that is being used to battle malnutrition in the West African country Niger. Niger is so poor and...

Battling the desire to acquire

I was a very young, very poor, single parent when my daughter Christy was growing up. We lived in a succession of tiny apartments, often sharing a bedroom. Making ends meet was my primary goal and I struggled every month to pay the rent and put food...

Hospital: No money, no baby

A clinic near Jakarta, Indonesia is refusing to release a baby to his parents until they can pay their bill. It seems that Mr. Sustrino, a poor pedicab driver simply doesn't have the 3.5 million rupiah (about $386US) that he owes the clinic for the...

Do you Freecycle?

When my third child was born seven years after my daughter, I just couldn't bring myself to rush out and buy the multitudes of baby things he would require. I had been there and done that; it just didn't hold the appeal it once did when my first son...

Are divorced moms less healthy?

Recently I ran across an article that supplied data about the decline in women's health after they are divorced. The study focuses on a small number or rural Indiana moms; it found that in the years succeeding a divorce, the women's mental and...

Poverty on the increase in the U.S.

An article in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported that since 2000, Americans have been getting poorer, and national rates of severe poverty have climbed. The researchers reported that the growth in the poverty...

More teens going all the way

"I didn't think it would happen to me." "It was only our first time." "Sometimes we used protection." These are all too often the reactions when teenagers discover that either they or their friend are pregnant. Both in England and the United States...

Child labor cut with piglet program

The thought of selling my daughter as an indentured servant is absolutely ludicrous to me, but in rural Nepal (and many other poor countries) the practice has gone on for generations for very real and understandable reasons. Fathers bargain with city...

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