Wisdom of Life

A Corporate approach to tackling poverty

Would we want our children lying on the street, neglected, forsaken, hungry, malnourished and near coma state?

Poverty has continued to dog humanity forever. Like it or not, people seem to never get out of poverty. Many plans and strategies have come and gone, yet poverty remains. True the situation has gotten better, poverty has been alleviated, but it cannot explain the near 1 billion children who still live in poverty.  That fact is startling and stares us daily in our faces.

Poverty comes in many different forms. Poverty means lack of “any material substance.”  Thankfully enough, it means the lack of basic necessities. These basic necessities are not that expensive to purchase and offer children on a daily basis with adequate funding methods available. With adequate funding measures set up the non-profit can then approach the “Situational Poverty” head on, getting involved on the ground, getting hands and feet dirty.

“Situational Poverty” is that poverty (a lack of a given set of necessities) that exists any given time in a particular geographical area.  This may be lack of shelters, but availability of clean water, lack of medicines, but availability of good schools in the area. A part may lack while the other part may be available. Tackling poverty does not have to be on all fronts in all geographical areas, all at the same time.

The major areas in Basic Necessities that human beings lack are:

1. Food

2. Water

3. Sanitation

4. Healthcare – vaccines and medicines for common illnesses., medical supervision as necessary.

5. Shelter

6. Education – Basic education and Vocational education.

7. Clothing

in this order. Most people usually have some form of clothing. But the first four items are very crucial without which a human being, especially a child cannot survive.  Education is crucial, but it follows as PHASE 2 necessity because without the first phase of basic necessities, the child lacks a sound body.  You have heard the saying  “A healthy mind in a healthy body,” which is true and needed for educating a child.

By taking care of the first 4 basic necessities, a child is able to then focus on the 6th need – Educating his mind, learning social skills and behavior sets which makes him a responsible and productive citizen of the world.  Apart from basic education, it is also important to help children gain an understanding of the world, business development and trade opportunities.

Vocational training is a crucial part that Happy Children Happy World plans to implement early on in a child’s life. Starting at the age of 10, each child will be taught basic vocational skills – handling money, the science of composting, growing vegetables in a small farm, the right techniques of harvesting vegetables, preserving food, pickling food, sewing clothes and making handicrafts for the market.

As children get older 15 years and above, they will then be taught Safety lessons in handling equipment, machinery by allowing them to only observe how Carpentry and other mechanized processes are done. This invaluable training conducted in workshops will equip each child in a trade he / she is interested in so that they can become self-dependent and become trade workers after 18 starting up their own business or working in a Communal set up for a common profit sharing method.

Education will be an integral part and should be seen as vital in helping remove the mindset of poverty altogether. Creating a path for each child early on is crucial to help each individual child to find their path for life. Education, however is a life long process and till they become 18 years of age and go off on their own, they will need decent shelters to live in till then.

Shelters are expensive to build but it can be tackled if it is done in some form of Communal living style – which offers children the first 4 basic necessities on campus till they are 18 years of age. Then once a child reaches 18 there should be a transitional method to help that new adult find a job and go forward in life.

Happy Children Happy World aims to take a Corporate approach to tackling the global situation of poverty among children by taking each aspect separately and addressing the subset of issues in each of them. A clear demarcation of these subsets will also allow for  efficient processing of solutions and quick delivery of relief to the situation.

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Happy Children Happy World is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization aimed at helping children living in poverty here in North America and other countries like Philippines, India, South East Asia, South America and other smaller island nations. We are here to help get children off the streets and give them their dignity back by restoring their childhood.