I know that the income gap between the rich and the poor has been increasing at alarming rates over the past decade, but I was shocked to learn that millions of AMERICAN children get by on less than $2 a day. In a third world country, where the cost of living is lower, that might be do-able but what the heck can you buy with 2 bucks in the USA?
I just read this ebook written by Mel Ve about the PTB, 9/11, and other interesting topics. Specifically it is written about what has been happening in South Africa, but because it's a "global conspiracy" South Africa's story is also our story.
''If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.
If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
Soo heart warming!
Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery, and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals, and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade, and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.
Having known homeless people myself, I'm always wary of politicians claims to wipeout homelessness and poverty. They clearly don't understand that for many it is a life choice. They definitely don't understand that poverty is an attitude, not a lifestyle. I've known "middle class" people who work 2 jobs, sacrifice a decent relationship with their children, and are ashamed or worried about the looks of their car or home. These people would never be classified as impoverished by the politicians.
India's Free Lunch
Wednesday, 2 April, 2008
INDIA'S FREE LUNCH
This week Amos Roberts travels to India's Bangalore and reports on an inspiring story of how the nation is feeding almost 150-million school children - many of whom would otherwise go without lunch.
This podcast of Mohammed Yunus at the Commonwealth Club was broadcast on NPR today. I found it a true inspiration. Dr Yunus is knowledgable, practical, and has a great vision, which he presents with poise, authority and humor. A stunning listen.
The Gathering Spot is a PEERS empowerment website
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