Numerous research findings have been made in the investigation of the negative effects poverty has on particular families and more so on the children. Very wide ranges of effects on health, mental health and physical conditions have been found among poor families and children. Mental and physical health care, which are basic necessities, tend to be scarce to those dealing with poverty. Not only that, children dealing with poverty are more likely to perform poorly in school due to lack of concentration, increased dropout rates, neglect and abuse, physical health problems, socioemotional and behavioral problems. Housing in poor neighborhoods is substandard sometimes even sleeping on the streets due to lack of means to achieving a decent home is a possibility. These effects are well represented even today among the poor families and children.
Part 1:The Effects of Poverty on Children and Families
Economists estimate that child poverty costs an estimated $500 billion a year to the U.S. economy; reduces productivity and economic output by 1.3 percent of GDP; raises crime and increases health expenditure (Holzer et al., 2008). With the high rates of dropouts from schools and lack of basic health care and support, most children and families from poor neighborhoods find themselves more of liabilities as of assets. The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 17.2 million children in the U.S. have foreign-born parents. Out of this, 4.2 million children of immigrants are poor due to low-wage jobs and barriers to valuable work supports. The rate for poor black children in the U.S. was 38.2percent, for Hispanic children 32.3percent while 17percent and 13percent for non-Hispanic White children and Asian children respectively. Race and ethnicity still persists even among children. It is quite important to raise awareness about such a dense matter in our society to bring to light the major issues and exactly what can be done to erase it or manage it. It is important for those of us with the capability in different ways, donations, lending a helping hand and making our voices heard, to do so to make this situation a little better than we found it.
Collaboration with Save the Children
Since 1919, Save the Children has been fighting for children’s rights, providing a better future and saving their lives. Not only do they operate in the U.S. but also worldwide. In 2016 alone it reached more than 157 million children through their movement. Children get a chance to have a steady start, better opportunities of learning and security. “We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.” (Save the Children). The issue at hand, poverty, is what this organization deals directly with. With its services and support, the cause of reducing poverty can be achieved by providing basic necessities to children in the impoverished states. With a commonly shared goal and target, taking this journey together will be beneficial to the children. With thousands of ambassadors sharing the same motive, saving the children, the organization has been able to impact more and more as it grows. This is the particular reason I chose it; we share a common denominator.
Part 2: Communication with the Organization
Subject: Request for Charity.
Dear Sir/ Madam,
The economic crisis has embedded dents on many of American lives. Job layoffs and foreclosures have become like a dark cloud always hovering around many families, especially those living in low-income communities. Poverty is linked with the high levels of homelessness and food insecurity for many families and their children. The problems that these families face tend to follow them with each passing moment. Insufficient health care, lack of social amenities, deteriorated health, wellbeing, and school dropouts are just but a few effects brought about by poverty. Economists estimate that child poverty costs an estimated $500 billion a year to the U.S. economy; reduces productivity and economic output by 1.3 percent of GDP; raises crime and increases health expenditure (Holzer et al., 2008). This number is only on the rise.
With the abuse and neglect and dropout rates increasing due to lack of basic needs, we can be able to assist in this situation. Thousands of children, who are the future of this great nation, can be helped to become the great future of the land. One single act of kindness can go a long way; just like that one grain of sand that tipped the scale. All it takes is for one person to stand for something, a greater course than himself. Together, let us be the change they would want to see, the single grain that tipped the scale. Together we can partner in this and make life for many children much better.
With your donations we can be able to reach neighborhoods infested with homelessness, lack of healthcare and food. With the collaboration of my local schools, we can be able to encourage more attendance in the schools through the provision of basic needs. We will tour the areas together as I guide you in the particular locations needing much assistance. That said I would like to close off with a saying my granddad passed down to me. He used to tell me, ” Raising up a child is the community’s responsibility; one finger can never kill a tick.”. When we unify and become one we become the strongest people on earth. Please do not hesitate to contact for further clarity.
Thanking you in advance of behalf of my community
Part 3: Communication with the Government Officials
Subject: Request of Assistance on Tackling Poverty in our Neighborhood
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am certain that you are aware of the impacts that poverty has had on our community for a long time now. Just last year alone the dropout rates in the schools shot to an all time high of 30%. It is an alarming figure. This has made me wake up and stand for a cause. Through my research and investigations I have come to find out that poverty is the leading cause of this. Poverty has increased crime, homelessness, lack of healthcare and even neglect of our children; our leaders of tomorrow. It is not quite a pleasant thing. I have successfully been able to communicate with Save the Children organization on tackling this particular menace in our society. I have suggested a few means and ways by which we can go about it once the collaboration is set. Even the local schools are on board. They themselves have agreed to lend a helping hand by making their curricula more favorable for children tackling poverty issues. With Save the Children we will be able to take most children back to school, as we will be able to provide them with the basic needs they so desire. This will mean better and brighter futures for most of them.
Just as I reminded the organization, a single grain of rice can change the scales. I ask for the local government’s support in our endeavors. We plan on coordinating the donations on a 24-hour around the clock shift. We will not ask for much. If the government can be able to provide us with security as we conduct our activities and some few volunteers, we would gladly appreciate. Also, in those areas needing specific permits for such activities, we would call on the government to lend a helping hand in a menace that we all want seen gone in our community. We have a lot more ahead of us and we hope to keep the relationship steady. We look forward to a wonderful response from your side.
This is to our future community.