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United States of America
Education, Family, Poverty, Religion, Children/Youth
Family Empowerment Centers exists to glorify God and love our neighbors by strengthening young urban families in Christ as we create real opportunities of empowerment and care for the needs of those facing greater challenges in urban America. It is our conviction that all people, from every nation of the ...See More world are of equal value and concern before God. It is also our conviction that although mankind is of equal value before God, often times the opportunities for empowerment and freedom are selective due to issues of systemic and personal injustices. Family Empowerment Centers will seek to bring a balance to these circumstances by loving our neighbors in a Christ like manner and creating opportunities for those who are disadvantaged in our urban communities to attain empowerment and freedom. It is also our conviction that real empowerment, freedom and wholistic growth has its foundation in an individuals experience of the love of Christ, through His body the church, and the truths found in the Scriptures. Family Empowerment Centers recognizes mankind as spiritual, physical, psychological and social beings. By coming along side individuals in a wholistic and Christ like fashion we expect these individuals to have maximized opportunities of empowerment and a greater hope in the future. The element of Christian faith in what we do, how we do it in creating opportunities of empowerment, and who we do it for is what sets our organization apart from others. Family Empowerment Centers has chosen to target urban communities on the basis that these communities tend to include people from all of the nations of the world and at the same time seems to be the epicenter for injustice, inequality, and issues of poverty. In the same manner that trends move out from major metropolitan cities our organization believes that as people are empowered they too may move out from urban communities to various world destinations creating change in their environments. Family Empowerment Centers also recognizes that the family unit is the most influential determinant in the growth of the individual. Great attention will be given to the growth of the whole family when possible. Our organization defines family as a multi-individual group of people, often times made up of a father, mother, and child, but not limited to those roles in which the group bears the relational characteristics of a family. Therefore the family could be traditional in nature, be a single parent home, be a home with no children, be a home where a significant other (i.e. grandmother, aunt, uncle) is raising the children, or a foster home situation. Show Less

Education, Poverty, Children/Youth
Wakiso Hope Project (the Corporation) is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or a corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law, referred to below as the “Code”). More specifically, Wakiso Hope Project is ...See More organized and operated to doing charitable works in accordance with Catholic teachings, particularly to reflect Jesus' concern for the poor, to help those in spiritual and bodily need, and to promote Godly justice." Show Less

United States of America
Hope. It’s so hard to define, but it’s a gift you help us give every day. At Metropolitan Ministries, we serve poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties with compassion, practical help and a willingness to make a huge difference

Congo (Democratic Republic), Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
MPA is a local 501c3 that partners with great grassroots organizations in Africa to help them reach more people faster with creative microfinancing loans, business education, and income-skills building. We empower those living in extreme poverty to lift themselves up with dignity.
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Poverty News

Pacific Standard 
If you were to ask a group of Americans to pinpoint poverty in this country, a good many would tell you you to turn a watchful eye to the inner-city blocks. Perhaps others would suggest you look at the isolated valleys of rural Appalachian coal mining ... See more..
Roanoke Times 
Let's look at Marry Freeloader-Poverty for example. Some people claim she just needs to get off her (@ ) and get a job. Let's see what she has to deal with when she supposedly chose Poverty to marry, and the obstacles he imposes upon her. Like a bad ... See more..
The Atlantic 
The Poverty Just Over the Hills From Silicon Valley. The South Coast, a 30-mile drive from Palo Alto, is facing an affordable-housing shortage that is jeopardizing its agricultural heritage. Peninsula Open Space Trust ... See more..
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Income inequalities when young appear to have lifelong effects, research suggests. See more..
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth 
New statistics released by the Dallas Poverty Task Force reveal the poverty rate in Dallas has reached a crisis point. See more..
Sacramento Bee 
Poverty is not a crime, yet in California the justice system punishes the poor just for being poor. Court-ordered fines and fees that are imposed without consideration of ability to pay trap poor people in a vicious cycle of police stops, incarceration ... See more..
The Philadelphia Tribune 
Of those behind bars, 60 percent, nearly half a million people — many of them Black and Hispanic — will remain in jail, not because they have been convicted of any crime, but because they are guilty of the unpardonable crime of poverty and cannot ... See more..
The Ledger 
LAKELAND — Lakeland's destitute and undernourished deserve more of the city's attention, candidate for mayor James Abraham Green said. “You see the videos of kids in our hometown in Lakeland, and they go home hungry at night, or you see the ... See more..
A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty. That's one conclusion of my study, published last month in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, which found that microfinance not only ... See more..
Daily Bulldog 
Living in Poverty is a short series the Bulldog will be doing over the next few weeks, covering the issue of poverty in Franklin County. Franklin County has some of the highest levels of people living in poverty in the state. This overarching issue can ... See more..
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Over three billion people—nearly half of the world’s population—live in poverty.1 Of these, one billion people live in extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than $1 USD per day.2 Nearly 20,000 children die each day due to poverty and poverty-related illnesses.3

The United Nations estimates that from 2010–2012, nearly 870 million people suffered from chronic undernourishment as a result of poverty.4 Additionally, over 780 million people do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.5 Poor water quality and inadequate sanitation contributes to 2.3 billion cases of waterborne diseases each year, such as cholera and diarrhea.6 Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death of children under the age of five, and 760,00 children are killed annually diarrheal diseases.7 Each year over 3.5 million people are killed by preventable, infectious diseases because they are unable to receive preventative vaccinations or treatment due to poverty.8

Poverty also hinders the education of many children and adults around the world. In 2012, 63 million school-aged children were not enrolled in school.9 Additionally, close to 250 million children in low and middle-income countries are unable to read.10 Moreover, an estimated 775 million adults worldwide lack basic literacy skills.11 In particular, girls and children with disabilities are often excluded from attending school in impoverished regions.12

The global income gap is still very high, and the top 20% of the world’s population accounts for nearly 70% of the world’s income.13 The Gini coefficient is a measure of income distribution across a country, and the lower the Gini score the more equitably the country’s wealth is distributed, and the higher a score the more income inequality exists within the country.14 Data shows that middle-income countries often experience the most income inequality, and Eastern Europe and Asia both experienced increases in their Gini score in recent years.15  Latin America is the region with the highest Gini score while sub-Saharan Africa has seen a decrease in their Gini score since the 1990s.16

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Poverty Other
Hunger and Malnutrition
Homelessness throughout the world is becoming increasingly more common since many countries are finding it difficult to recover from the global economic crisis. Official data on homelessness worldwide is difficult to attain since the numbers fluctuate based on civil unrest and natural disasters, and many countries have differing legal definitions of homelessness.1 However, in 2005 the United Nations estimated the total number of homeless individuals to be over 100 million globally, and this number has most likely increased in recent years.2 The European Union is currently facing the controversial topic of the criminalization of homelessness throughout EU member states.3 The mandates to criminalize homelessness and public begging are being brought down from local, regional, and national governments.4 Legislation and ordinances have been passed that make it ...See More illegal for people to sleep in public places.5 The governments are claiming that rampant homelessness makes cities unlivable and that it can cause public health issues.6 Homeless and poverty stricken individuals throughout Europe face daily discrimination and it is this discrimination that allows the perpetuation of these laws.7 The laws that the EU is passing to criminalising homelessness signify that poverty itself is a crime.8 By not providing adequate welfare services to the European poor, governments are denying citizens of their basic human rights.9 One way that governments can help the homeless is by avoiding the "dualization" of the criminal and social services systems.10 Show Less