Children

Spotlight Nonprofit: Five moms take the fight against childhood poverty global

Spotlight Nonprofit: Five moms take the fight against childhood poverty global

LatinaLista — With cries from conservatives reaching fever pitch levels that the only way for the government to cut costs is to cut federal programs that help the poor and underserved, evidence is mounting that this is not a smart move. The United States Conference of Mayors released a report documenting that between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011, requests for emergency food assistance grew by 16 percent.

A separate report released by the National Center on Family Homelessness reported a 38 percent increase in child homelessness between 2007 and 2010 — that translates into one in 45 American children being homeless.

Where hunger and homelessness are — so is poverty. A group of moms formed an international organization dedicated to fighting poverty and lifting children out of what can easily become a cycle hard to break free from.

Moms Against Poverty (MAP) was founded in 2008 by five concerned mothers. The organization operates in five countries: the United States, Sierra Leone, Iran, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.

Because of their focus on the children, the grass-roots volunteer organization works to stabilize the immediate needs of children. In those countries that have no social support network, the organization has built orphanages, established free health clinics and offer educational programs to children teaching them to become self-sufficient.

In the United States, MAP works with various schools around the country that service impoverished students through their Helping Hand Project. The organization also works with the court advocate program CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate.

The level of commitment by MAP is unprecedented. For example, MAP has partnered with Sugarland Elementary School in Sterling VA. to provide food and provisions for the children at this school on a monthly basis. The school serves an average of 420 students. of whom 55 percent live in poverty.

Our vision is to nurture and educate these children to their fullest potential so that one day they can contribute and lead within their own communities; thus breaking the cycle of poverty. Moms Against Poverty

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Children

More in Children

JP-READING-articleLarge-v2

Looks like children’s book publishers need longer time-out to improve diversity in titles

Latina ListaFebruary 26, 2015
PovertyLocal

Are poor Latino kids the same as their poor white and black peers? Depends on the generation

Latina ListaFebruary 19, 2015
2014_L4LL-Summer_Reading_Program

Creators behind Latino children’s summer reading program create special “DIY” reading camp to boost literacy and writing

Latina ListaJune 13, 2014
bottle-feeding-lg

New study finds low-income Latino parents encourage obesity behaviors in their children beginning in infancy

Latina ListaMarch 17, 2014
SUITCASE

Video: Foster care reform includes looking at the facts and acting — not reacting

Latina ListaMarch 11, 2014
DSC00748

Video: Understanding the special needs of siblings of special-needs children

Latina ListaFebruary 4, 2014
LetsSalsaFrontCover

Book Review: Young girl learns the value of civic involvement — to a salsa beat

Latina ListaDecember 20, 2013
tothebone

Viernes Video: Filmmaker creates mini-film about the plight of migrant farmworker children

Latina ListaNovember 8, 2013
NBD_teeth_brushing_image

Families asked to sign pledge in debut of National Brush Day campaign

Latina ListaNovember 1, 2013