The poverty cycle can best be defined as the "set of factors or events by which poverty, once started, is likely to continue unless there is outside intervention." *
This phenomenon exists when poor families become trapped in poverty for at least three generations. Such families have either limited or no resources such as financial capital, education, or connections to get them out of their poverty. In other words, poverty-stricken individuals experience disadvantages as a result of their poverty, which in turn increases their poverty. The poor remain poor throughout their lives.
Together we can. We are the outside intervention. Together we can be a powerful force on this planet and this Spring we’re excited to launch three ways you can get on board to help usBreak The Cycle of Poverty!
TEAR Fund is dedicated to seeing the rescue and rehabilitation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children currently caught up in the human trafficking trade. Through our projects in Nepal, India and Ethiopia, we’re seeing incredible results – but the need is great and we need your help!
The prevalence of young girls being trafficked in Nepal is astounding. It is estimated that between 7,000 and 10,000 girls between the ages of 9-16 are trafficked each year from Nepal to India. Today it is estimated that more than 200,000 Nepalese girls are involved in the Indian sex trade. We are working in this critical area to educate parents about the trade which often goes under the guise of legitimate work for their daughters. We work to prevent trafficking and rehabilitate girls who escape trafficking, giving them an education and livelihood training.
India and Ethiopia
Children under 5 are the most vulnerable in the developing world. Tragically, nearly 21,000 children under age 5 die every day, mostly from preventable diseases. Our expertise and experience in this line of work shows us that the younger we can reach a child, the better! TEAR Fund is working with the most vulnerable children in Indian and Ethiopian villages through our Child Survival Program. Working closely with mothers and their newborn babies, we provide pre-natal care, access to assisted birth, health screening, sanitation and medical education and nutritious food and supplements.
LOCALLY at home in NEW ZEALAND
Brothers In Arms Brothers In Arms is a local program started in 2006. The program exists to bring hope and life-change to marginalised young people through quality, long-term mentor relationships. Quality and sustainable relationships are essential for young people caught up in anti-social behaviour, offending or serious depression. Youth in this bracket are often desperate for someone to come alongside them and believe in them. Brothers in Arms work closely with police, health and educational social workers to identify at-risk young people and pair them with volunteer mentors from their local communities. The program looks to incorporate these young people into intensive, one on one mentoring programs for a year. Since the program has launched, over 130 vulnerable young people have been matched with trained volunteers in the Auckland area.
24-7 YouthWork is an out-of-class, extra-curricular program that addresses a broad range of needs for mainstream youth. With 70 youth workers in 31 school, this is successful and unique youth work initiative that seems youth workers from the local church supporting and encouraging young people in their local school in practical ways.