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To Tackle Poverty, Trust the Power of Community - Huffington Post

To Tackle Poverty, Trust the Power of Community - Huffington Post | Povert Assignment_Eugene yong | Scoop.it


Let's stop fighting poverty and start supporting and investing in the collective expertise, wisdom, and initiative that can be found in low-income communities across the country.


Via jean lievens
Eugene Yong's insight:

Connect:This article is about how the safety net systems is critical to help the low income people from  falling out. i think it is important to help families leave  poverty and gain economic and social mobility. In Singapore, we have a lot of welfare assistance to help the needy, for example:''  Sinda Fund(Singapore Indian Association) '' provides  assistance for fellow Indian people. I think we should also learn from the African American parents in New Orleans who started a social club to provide activites and cultural events for their children and also  prepare their children to rebuild after the disaster.

 

Extend: We can learn from what other countries do in the safety net system to help their people.  The examples quoted under FII are useful references.Perhaps other countries can also learn and create such safety nets system to help their poor people. These support systems can help to fight poverty.

 

Challenge: I think that safety nets system also need funding to be able to carry out the activites. It may be the duty for everyone to take part and help to improve society and help the needy to escape poverty. I also believe that low income families should also be pro active and help themselves by legal means and not forever rely on the support systems.

 

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Ang Marcus's comment, January 28, 2014 7:42 AM
I totally agree. A community is made up of many factors from farming and building to healing and parenting. Everyone has to play a part in the community despite living in poverty in order to survive. Of course, support from one another is essential for people to be psychologically strong, the will to live on with their own efforts.
Andrew Walker's comment, February 2, 2014 6:59 AM
i agree with you. The community does have a big impact on poverty. If everyone helps out, poverty may be at a very small amount today. Even though people have their own lives to tend to, it shocks me that more people of the community are not helping.
Belinda Lee's curator insight, February 6, 2014 11:17 AM

Connections: This shows that connections with peers and families do help to reduce poverty as the strong willpower they have withstands it. Encouragement, support and inspirations do help too, as studies shown. Whaticia came up with a STOP Senseless Tragedies Oppressing Our People campaign which encourages people to provide encouragement and support as a way to help one come out of poverty. 

 Concepts: The main idea of this campaign is to relieve people's burden they face during poverty, to let them know that everyone else is supporting them, so they will not give up, and keep on fighting till they get out of poverty state. 

Changes: This text suggest that not only those who are facing poverty should do so but also everyone. Everyone should lend a helping hand, and together the impact would be great.

Challenges:The text says that there isn't direction from the staffs, but instead they should have so as to guide those who are facing poverty along to the path where they can step out of it.  

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Four-in-10 disabled young 'poor'

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Four-in-10 disabled children in the UK live "in poverty", according to the Children's Society.

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Eugene Yong's insight:

Connect : I feel that this article is very informative but also staggering at the same time as 4 in 10 disabled children are living in poverty in the UK and  1 in 3 disabled children in the population as a whole. This is alarming to me as the number of disabled children living in poverty in the UK is 320,000.  This is defined as being in a family where the income is less than 60% of the national average. 

 

Extend:  I am relieved to know that the UK Government is doing something to help like  introducing the Welfare Reform Bill and the child tax credit. The universal credit scheme also provided support through  '' disability additions''. All these  helped  to cut down financial costs of the low income families with disabled children with lower tax and they can make use of the tax savings to make ends meet and also send their disabled children for treatment.

 

Challenge:I am puzzled  why there are so many disabled children living in poverty in Uk. I am also interested to know how effective are the Tax Credit schemes.

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Yousuf Ponipo's curator insight, January 20, 2014 4:52 AM

Four-in-10 disabled young 'poor'.

From the news, I got to know that according to the Children's Society in the UK, about one third of the children lives in poverty. The government said that from 2013, it will bring in a single monthly payment - known as a Universal Credit - which will replace a range of benefits. The Children charity says nearly a third of the 320,000 live in "severe poverty" - where the income is less than 40% of the average. So, for all thses issues the government  ensure that people receive the same level of support from childhood and beyond, with resources targeted at those people who need the most help. 

Niki Ng's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:12 PM

In this article, I see disabled children suffering from poverty, and the UK government is doing their best to help them .

I wonder where did the parents of the disabled children went and why did they left their child alone to suffer . 

I think the government is trying their best to help those disabled children as they are already physically having disablities plus their parents are not by their side. I think the children will be sent to someone who would be able to take good care of them.

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Could Free Money Solve Poverty?

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Programs to manage poverty in the United States aren’t cheap either. The combined costs of supplemental food assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Medicaid top a trillion per year, according to the Cato Institute –over $20,610 per year per poor individual, when the minimum poverty threshold was $12,119 in 2013.

 
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Eugene Yong's insight:

Connect:After reading the article and all the examples given by the author, i agree to some extend with what the author has said. Instead of using the money to hire middleman like:'' foreign aid workers'' i think they should give the money directly to the poor and needy people. For example, in Singapore the government also give out free money to the citizens and this is welcomed by all the people.

 

Extend: Although giving money to the poor may help to solve poverty in a short run,  I still feel that in the long run it is better to educate and assist the poor to earn money and be self sufficient. Giving free money is not a long term solution. The needy cannot always rely on the government to provide money for them. They also must have a skill to get a job and earn money.But before all of these can happen,  I have strong belief that education is the top priority to help the poor and needy escape poverty.

 

Challenge: I have some doubts on how long the government can sustain giving out free money to the needy. This can only be a short term solution.Frankly speaking, the money will come from the tax collected by the government and then the people will suffer again.

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Àqíł Štår's curator insight, February 25, 2014 9:07 AM

Free money does not quite solve poverty.sometimes it makes it worse because if the government have to give free money then there won't be enough of it. This will cause the whole state of even the whole country to be in poverty.

Shareezan's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:42 AM

I can see that it is not easy to solve poverty problems as it can cost or use up a lot of money. As there is a huge percentage of poverty, it is going to use up a lot of finance to help every single one. For Singapore it is a small country so it is not a big issue. For other countries on the other hand, it is the worst problem to counter. I think the government is trying their very best to help as much as possible but they cannot do every single one. I wonder will the people understand what is the government trying to do?

viknesh's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:40 AM

Generically, the problem is how we handle money, not how much money we have (or don't have). When apples cost 5 cents we had poverty, now they cost a dollar and we have poverty. 'More Money' was why we went from gold to paper.

Generically, those with credit or an inheritance have the means to move ahead, and those with help fall behind. They are just trading places, one moves up as another moves down.

To solve the problem of poverty (inequality or concentration), then we need to look at how we handle money, and in particular how things are valued. People scream about wage and price controls destroying the free market, but we have wage and price controls already, set by business owners (like me). The system can't work, because competition makes us grotesquely inefficient, which is really what poverty represents.