29 results for 'poverty'
I look down at the squalid piece of land
There the congestion can suffocate the life
I see smoke billowing out from a chimney
Somebody cooking and I wonder how life lives
The conglomerate of human being thrives on hope
The bizarre, these slums appear to be
My feet drag me into the narrow lanes
Smile of a child disarms me to read about them
Now, I see a world, where people too live
They live there and I hear a loud music
Oh! They celebrate too
Kids playing, ladies gossiping, everybody so living
From the lane,... (more)
...right advocates of the Ryan budget, (including republican candidate Mitt Romney), one once again can hear the catcalls about the poor causing all of our national woes. Even though many of those same far right cheerleaders among the general population are actually living in or near the federal poverty level, outlets such as Fox spew insane lies over and over again, cramming the heads of the gullible with the false notion that Corporate America is the true savior, and must be given more money, more power, and more control of our government in order to right the ship they themselves steered... (more)
The story continues...
During a visit to Wender’s family, the year after his tragic death, I discovered there was a new, but unexpected member in the family; a beautiful little girl. Not recalling Wender’s mother being pregnant on my earlier visits that year I really wondered where this sweet little angel had come from.
On asking about her, Wender’s mother simply replied: “Look a little closer and tell me what immediately comes to mind...”
My answer was the inevitable question: “Wender...?”
....and Wender it was!
That young rascal that we all missed so much... (more)
Wender belonged to the first group of kids rescued from the streets by me between 1993 and 1995. He was 13 years old at the time.
His story was an incredible one, although not uncommon in a country hosting hundreds of thousands of abandoned and neglected children on the streets of its major cities; himself being lost to the streets after having run away from home at the age of nine together with a young boy from his neighborhood, who already had strong ties with the streets at the time.
Once engulfed by the other kids on the streets Wender was soon indulging in all that is far... (more)
Roney and Claudiney’s story represents not only their tragic lives, but the lives of so many underprivileged children in both the world’s poorest and wealthiest countries, abandoned by our neglect and our insatiable appetite for self gain. Greed has no class or colour.
Two beloved brothers, united by their involuntary dependency to the streets, forced upon them in childhood by the insecurities of a malfunctioning home and parents.
Roney, the youngest and a born leader, was to meet his match in the face of Brazil’s brutal and almost untouchable street kid killers. I told that story... (more)
...a continuation of my story on street kids Roney and Claudiney, Surviving The Streets of Brazil....
Roney and his brother Claudiney had just successfully finished a 30-day hospital internment ordered by the juvenile judge, to recover them from a serious drug relapse. Now they were ready to take a short holiday break together with me, my son and some of the other kids in our street migration prevention programme. It would have been an ideal week to re-strengthen our relationship after them both having lost some time to this drug relapse so we were preparing to go to Hummingbird’s small-holding... (more)
During the delicate phase of motivating children to leave the streets for good, their worries become our worries. Will they survive the time they will need to reach this important turning point in their lives? Each individual child hides an anonymous history, with debts that some day will need to be paid. For a child trying to survive the mean streets of the big cities in Brazil, he would be much safer riding a wild bull at rodeo. Their involvement with the underworld and its multiple criminal activities guarantees that sooner or later these kids will end up spending a good part of their childhood... (more)
since you are unaware of your expiration date
why not live it up till the end of your fate?
with each and every breath you take
your heart beats, your heart breaks
you think of change
a generation divided
peace and war talks will always be one sided
flip a coin
rejoin with your race
sharing this earth
never seemed to be any worth
i suppose our time has a great deal to learn
for all of this peace we always yearn
but before you think its all gone to hell,
try and educate, all will be well
... Sen says, “a step in the right direction.” And is a glimmer of hope to millions of children who go to bed hungry. But the ‘draft’ of the National Food Security Bill still remains a draft even after more than two years.
On the other hand, there are still confusions about the Below Poverty Line calculations and the planning commission presenting to the Supreme Court that people who earn Rs.32 are not poor, the number of children who will have to go to work might increase rapidly. The Bill also needs to include orphans too, especially child-headed households in the context of... (more)
As the far right gasps it's death rattle in what has been the nation's nightmare these past long 10 years and counting, a desperate attempt to extinguish the existence of the poor in this country seems to be at the forefront of every agenda being shoved desperately and maniacally forward by the neo-cons and those who have been led down the aisle of death and destruction with them.
There are still those in America who believe that because one is poor, and receives any sort of public assistance from a government program, they have less rights than other Americans, and must subject themselves... (more)