Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the scarcity and inequality I see on my travels. This is a wonderful practical 10 step guide to tackling poverty from someone who knows – a housewife. My favourite one is Point 4 in Step 10 … Meet the poor in our community. Compassion grows side by side with awareness. Read on!

A Leaf in Springtime

“O Children of dust! Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor…” ~ Baha’u’llah

I once saw a child barely two years old sitting on a heap of wet filth sifting through its contents in Kabul, Afghanistan. That image, framed by my car window lasted for two seconds before the car lurched forward taking me away. I have not forgotten you, little child. This post is dedicated to the poor. The voiceless masses of our world.


Writing this from my safe, sanitised little world and warmly heated home, poverty seems a million miles away. Yet, I must not forget that for every 3.6 seconds while I’m writing this, someone dies of hunger. I must not forget that 15 million children die of hunger every year. (that’s the entire population of Finland, Denmark and Norway put together). I must not forget that 925 million people in the world today do not…

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  1. This was a really great post with fantastic, real-world suggestions for helping the poor. Too much of what is done hurts rather than helps. It is not enough to “feel good,” our actions have to make a real difference in extreme global poverty.

  2. Audrey Chin says:

    Indeed Kathleen. We must help, but we must step lightly even as we reach out our hands.

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