“I No Longer Feel Ashamed”

Poverty Truth Commissioners at the launch of the “Names Not Numbers” report. By Caroline Kennedy The Poverty Truth Commission in Scotland brings together people living in poverty alongside key decision makers. This has included members of parliament, the head of education, the head of health and even celebrities. Everybody tells their own story and shares…

Moment of Thought: Poverty and Life Choices

By Naomi Theinert – Deep down I believe that the life we live is strongly influenced by the choices we make — choices that each one of us is facing on a daily basis. Now, ideally once we are adults, these choices are made consciously and responsibly to ensure our own well-being and that of…

A PhD in Tire Repair

By Guy Malfait (Philippines) “Make sure you go see something other than Manila.” That was the advice we got upon arrival in the Philippines. Some weeks later, just before our kids started school, we were on our way to the Taal Volcano, one of the many natural marvels of the Philippines. Stuck in traffic and…

From the War on Poverty to the Fourth World

By Susie Devins (United States) In 1968, in the middle of my second year of college, I got accepted to a War on Poverty program called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), known today as Americorps. With two others I was sent to Covington, a northern Kentucky city in Appalachia. We did a lot of…