What is child poverty? How is it different from poverty in general? Is child poverty just children living in poverty?
Child poverty is the intersection where vulnerability meets vulnerability. It’s poverty amplified.
The poor are vulnerable. They are denied rights, deprived of opportunity and struggle through disadvantage just to survive.
Children are vulnerable too. They need their parents to take care of them, teach them and prepare them for life. Without a parent or guardian, children in poverty are easy prey for disease and despair, exploitation and death.
A poor child experiences poverty as an assault on her entire being. Child poverty attacks a child in his formative years, when he has little to no protection. It deprives him of food, clean drinking water, proper sanitation, health, shelter, education and information. It stunts a child’s social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development. Child poverty robs children of their childhood and their future. Poverty prevents children from fulfilling their potential.
Child Poverty — Tanzania
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A poor child wearing a blue patterned sweater and dark pants sits on a concrete step in front of a light blue wooden door. He has his hands tucked under his legs and a smile on his face.