Strides Against Multidimensional Poverty
Five seconds to us may seem like a brief moment in time, but for some children in South Africa, it’s their last moments of life. Every five seconds a child dies from multidimensional poverty. When people think of poverty, it is typically reduced down to lack of financial means, but it truly goes beyond just income. Poverty exists in a multidimensional scape and affects those less fortunate through poor health, education, and living standards. Within those three dimensions are ten indicators of those who experience multidimensional poverty: nutrition, child mortality, years of schooling, school attendance, cooking fuel, sanitation, drinking water, electricity, housing, and assets. Multidimensional poverty is rooted in poorly run governments, droughts, and lack of job opportunities, giving these children a poor foundation for a better life and pushing them towards cycles of poverty.
When I first learned about this subject matter, it was very shocking and is just hurt my heart so much." shared Mom's House for Children, founder, Theresa Vigarino
Multidimensional poverty is apparent in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 50% of the population being affected. Mom’s House for Children, founder Theresa Vigarino, shared “When I first learned about this subject matter, it was very shocking and it just hurt my heart so much. And it inspired us to work harder for these children in the region Mom’s House works with because they deserve a better life.” Mom’s House serves the world’s most vulnerable and orphaned children that live in multidimensional poverty. With the intent to improve the lives of children living in the remote, rural regions, our organization works, alongside other NGO and nonprofits; to provide aid to the countless children who face food scarcity, along with lack of clean water, medical attention, job opportunities, or proper education. For so many, just one natural disaster or crisis away from falling into multidimensional poverty, we’re doing our best to help in any way we can.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants people the right to have the means of a healthy, safe, and stable life, and we’re doing our part to contribute to this movement. Slowly, but surely, we strive to eradicate multidimensional poverty in every way possible, and are committed to mobilizing local action to provide a better, healthier future for these children. Mom’s House is proud to be providing the support and resources these children need for a second chance, and are so happy and joyous to be working in the regions that truly need this help most. Click this link for more information on multidimensional poverty