Friday, March 9, 2012

Poverty Alleviation

Another segment from a great book on helping the poor...When Helping Hurts

The goal of poverty alleviation is not to make the materially poor all over the world into upper class North Americans, a group characterized by high rates of divorce, sexual addiction, substance abuse, and mental illness. Nor is the goal to make sure that the materially poor have enough money.

Rather, the goal is to restore people to a full expression of humanness, to being what God created us all to be, people who glorify God by living in right relationships with God, with self, with others, and with the rest of creation.

1 comment:

Jack said...

It is my observation that much of what is done to help the homeless (which is rarely poverty based) simply allows them to remain in their position. As a general rule I will not change until it is more difficult to remain as I am than to change. True help brings change otherwise I am only trying to make myself feel better.