I chose to research the unicef sight I found the article “Escaping Poverty Traps” in the UNICEF Poverty Insights Newsletter. I was astounded to realize that “the number of people living in chronic poverty-extreme poverty that persists for a long time—has increased. Between 320 and 443 million people are now trapped in chronic poverty, which many times is also transmitted inter-gene rationally to their children. The MDGs can only be achieved if chronic poverty is effectively tackled, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and if the target is extended to 2025 to enable national governments and international organizations to make the necessary political commitments and resource allocations and implement necessary policies” (Harper, Alder, Pereznieto, 2011). There is a great deal of advocating necessary to accomplish this goal of fighting chronic poverty. With researchers like Harper, Alder, and Pereznieto we are able to learn about these issues and advocate for these children from right here in our communities. We as early childhood educators can become involved through supporting these organizations as well as work in our own communities to help fight hunger.
What makes chronic poverty different from poverty? “Chronic poverty is distinguishable by its duration and multidimensionality. Chronically poor people always or during long period of their lives, live below a poverty line, and their situations are usually defined by structural and social inequalities influenced by multiple discrimination’s” (Harper, Alder, Pereznieto, 2011). I had never considered the difference between chronic poverty and poverty. Even in our own communities when we look at this definition we can see chronic poverty. Working in the head start program I now see that chronic poverty is real and continues to exist. We as early childhood educators can help make a difference in the families we serve. Head Start wants to stop chronic poverty and help families get an education and look for work that will take them out of chronic poverty. We can advocate for our families and support them in helping them see the importance of getting out off the poverty line.
How does chronic poverty affect our children? “Chronic poverty has serious consequences for children, not least the strong likelihood of suffering a premature death from easily preventable health problems, or lifelong ill health due to deprivations” (Harper, Alder, Pereznieto, 2011). Children all over the world are suffering from this chronic poverty. It is so sad to realize that a minimal amount of health care could prevent death and illnesses that these children carry with them throughout their life. That is why we need to become aware of programs such as unicef and the work they are doing to help end chronic poverty. We also can support this organization through supporting our communities and volunteering our time to advocate for poverty in our children and families. We also can give donations to help support this organization in their ongoing efforts to help children and families all over the world.
How can chronic poverty be changed? “Chronically poor people do not just need ‘good policies’ they need societies that give them a voice and facilitate their human rights. Achieving this is the most difficult part of the policy and political agenda –social and cultural relationships and practices are often entrenched. Also, discriminatory family codes, son bias, limited resource and rights entitlement, physical insecurity and restricted civil liberties are all significant barriers to human development and can lead to and perpetuate chronic poverty and vulnerability over the course of childhood and adulthood, and potentially inter-generationally” (Harper, Alder, Pereznieto, 2011). There is so many issues that families go through in their communities due to their sex, culture, and government which can affect chronic poverty. There is still so much to learn about poverty. My eyes have been opened to the severity of chronic poverty and I want to do my part in helping to advocate for chronic poverty. It starts in our own communities and countries. I encourage each of us to ask ourselves what we can do to help these children and families? Have an outstanding week!
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