Poverty Prerogative

 Poverty Prerogative Photo

On November 11, 2009, Rachel Kuhn presented her first Poverty Prerogative presentation to the Shasta College community.  

 Click here to view the powerful powerpoint presentation! 

Rachel presented the following facts and posed the following questions

... Africa is currently facing terrible drought
... Half the world lives on LESS than $2 a day
... One person dies every 3.5 seconds from hunger-related causes
Can we help?
All too commonly, people have an overly-simplistic concept of poverty focused strictly on economics
with a possible reference to politics. As a result of this incomplete understanding, current development methodologies as well as private involvement in the effort to alleviate poverty have proven insufficient. In fact, globalization has led to an even greater disparity between the rich and the poor. In order to develop holistic solutions for poverty eradication, we must develop a holistic understanding of the nature of poverty. This may require us to re-think Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and its implications and maybe even add something.

Click here for  Sarah Mclaughlin's World on Fire video  that was played for the audience.

Check back soon for information on the next Poverty Prerogative presentation where we will discuss what we can do to help.

Resources-Helpful Links 

American Institute of Philanthropy - www.charitywatch.org
Selecting a charity to support is a bit like playing God. Ideally, it should take into account your most deeply held concerns and convictions. Before sending in a donation to a group, you can now consider how well it will spend your money by referring to the AIP’s Charity Rating Guide. Each organization is listed by category with its phone number, financial performance measurements and an overall grade (where enough information is available). You can also review the ratings of other charities in the same category to compare a particular group with those which do similar work.

Blood Water Mission
Blood:Water Mission is partnering with groups and individuals to empower Africans to build healthier communities through sustainable clean blood and clean water solutions, while developing social responsibility in the U.S. through initiatives that provoke personal engagement and ownership.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Central Asia Institute (CAI)
To promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Heifer International 
Heifer envision a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.  Heifer's strategy is to “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.