Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution is an inability to afford basic human needs, which commonly include clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter. About 1.7 Billion people (of the world) are estimated to live in absolute poverty today. Relative poverty refers to lacking a usual or socially acceptable level of resources or income as compared with others within a society or country.

*2010 UN study (link)

*2010 US Census study (link)

*KCCI-8 Des Moines News (link)

You can see, we work and live in a country that has worked hard to become the biggest power in all of history. Our economy, even in a recession, is still a formidable force. The US is a dynamic and flexible country. Always on a teeter, on the effort of being fair to its minorities, but it does come back and try to give back.

And this “resilience” is based on our remembering or trying the shoe from the other side- the “non-greener” grass patch on the other side of the fence.

Fairness is always warranted. But some sympathy and awareness keeps us all humble. If we don’t give, lets at least keep up on what’s going on.

Well, anyhow, there’s no way to determine which charities are effective or not. But here are some charities ranking search sites that could make things a bit less challenging.

Lets keep on, keepin’ on!

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*Charity Navigator (website)

*The Chronicle of Philanthropy (website)


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