Helping the Poor

Helping the poor means identifying and implementing ways to help the poor experience economic growth, reduce their dependence on others, gain equal access to education and health services and provide them the opportunity to succeed physically, socially, economically and spiritually.

Helping the Poor

Image Details

This photo attempts to show the reality and emotional hopelessness of children living in poverty. A young boy with dirt on his skin and clothes, wears a green and white striped rugby-style shirt. He sits on a rock, with a large pile of sticks and branches behind him. He stares off to the side with solemn and serious look on his face.

Image name: Help the Poor
Photographer: Ryan Johnson
File size 14.9 MB
Date created: June 29, 2016
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal length: 200.00 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec; f/10; ISO 320
Image size: 5472 x 3648
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Burkina Faso, Africa
A poor African boy in need of help. He has dirt on his skin wears a striped shirt and blue shorts and sits on a rock with a pile of sticks and branches behind him.

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The Case for Helping the Poor

The World Bank, an organization that helps the poor by offering financial products and services, policy advice, research and analysis, and technical assistance to developing countries, adopted two goals in 2015 to direct its work in the future.

  • End extreme poverty by 2030
  • Promote shared prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of the population living in developing countries

The World Bank aligned its goals with the new set of global targets for how to help the poor — the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals established the global community's priorities for fighting poverty and helping the poor through 2030 and replaced the fairly successful Millennium Development Goals, which were adopted in 2000 and expired in 2015.

The eight Millennium Development Goals had set an ambitious agenda and much progress was made. But one-tenth of the global population still lives on less than $1.90 a day – the internationally recognized threshold for extreme poverty.

The 2016 Global Monitoring Report put out jointly by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund identified three challenges for the world community and organizations that help the poor.

  1. Policy, action and programs should focus more directly on people living in deep poverty (i.e., poor people living below the $1.90 a day poverty line).
  2. Income should be shared more equitably. Despite more than a billion people having lifted themselves out of poverty the poor people living in the bottom 40 percent of wage earners experienced a decline in income in many countries.
  3. Unequal opportunities in education, health and other sectors beyond economics should be prioritized.

Image Details

This photo attempts to show the reality and emotional hopelessness of children living in poverty. A young boy with dirt on his skin and clothes, wears a green and white striped rugby-style shirt. He sits on a rock, with a large pile of sticks and branches behind him. He stares off to the side with solemn and serious look on his face.

Image name: Help the Poor
Photographer: Ryan Johnson
File size 14.9 MB
Date created: June 29, 2016
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal length: 200.00 mm
Exposure: 1/125 sec; f/10; ISO 320
Image size: 5472 x 3648
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Burkina Faso, Africa
A poor African boy in need of help. He has dirt on his skin wears a striped shirt and blue shorts and sits on a rock with a pile of sticks and branches behind him.

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Compassion International is Helping the Poor

Founded in 1952, Compassion International works holistically to release children from poverty. Compassion cares about all poor people, but it is the hardship of poverty combined with the vulnerability of children that the organization focuses on. Children are particularly vulnerable to the physical threats of poverty — malnutrition, disease and abuse — as well as the negative social, emotional and spiritual messages poverty repeats to them every day. “You are worthless. You don’t matter.”

Compassion looks after the health, education and welfare of impoverished children. The organization's various programs provide mentoring and leadership development, critical medical resources and medical checkups, pregnancy coaching, parenting support, baby and toddler supplies, clean water, nutritious food, supplemental vitamins, health and hygiene training, educational assistance, emotional support, spiritual guidance and access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief. The programs give poor children and their families the skills and opportunity to reach enough.

The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth; it’s enough — enough to succeed physically, socially, economically and spiritually.

Child sponsorship is at the core of Compassion’s holistic child development model and is one of the most cost-effective methods for helping people escape poverty. A poll of top development economists rated child sponsorship the most effective long-term development intervention for helping the poor1, and Compassion's program is the only child sponsorship program to be independently and empirically validated as effective.

  1. 1Wydick, Bruce. “Cost-Effective Compassion: The 10 Most Popular Strategies for Helping the Poor.” Christianity Today. www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/february/popular-strategies-helping-the-poor.html Accessed 17 February 2012.

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