What does poverty look like?

This is the next blog in our #GoBeyondHope Series, featuring on-the-ground updates from Annette and Nathan as they visit our ministry locations in Kenya and Uganda.

Faces of poverty in Kenya Poverty is real people, with real faces.

What does poverty look like? It smells like diesel, charcoal, and BO. It sounds like yelling, honking and mosquitoes. It looks like garbage, torn clothes and dirty mattresses.

"You are entering a corruption free zone." You wouldn't see this sign at home!

It looks like grandmothers taking care of their abandoned grandchildren.

It's not being able to give your kid a decent meal.

It's dirty water and sharing your two-room house with 11 people.

It's not being able to afford a $40 medical bill.

It's corruption that's so obvious it has its own road sign.

Traveling to Kenya has been one of the greatest opportunities I've ever had. I have learned about a culture very different than my own and I have seen the beautiful faces of those Childcare Worldwide helps. I have also seen the great pain and desperation that comes along with being poor in a third world country. Poverty isn't an ethereal problem for us to sit around and theorize solutions to. Poverty is people, real people with needs and hurts.

These needs must be met and hurts must be healed. "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3: 17-18

I think the fact of the matter is that we know what poverty looks like. We've seen the news or read that thing online. The question I have for you is what are you actually going to do about it?

- Nathan, writing from Kenya

A impoverished woman on the side of the road in Kenya

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