Poverty is complicated.
It’s never the same from one family or child to another.
And, while it can be defined by not having enough — material goods, resources, support, opportunities — there are no perfect, broad solutions that help every child escape.
Keeping kids in school helps. Providing advocacy helps. Giving food and medical care helps. And for some families, that support is enough.
But some children need more. They need the individual attention, love and willingness to go the extra mile that parents usually provide.
Poverty also has some ugly, horrible cousins: abuse, neglect, loss.
But every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Every child deserves the love of a family to help them grow and reach their dreams.
I want to tell you about Phal. We shared her story in December in an urgent plea for help. And you responded so generously. I finally have a happy update.
Phal is the saddest child I have ever met. Continue reading “Because of You, Phal and Her Siblings Have a New Home”