Make Poverty Tolerable or Escapable?

By Mauricio Lim Miller, The Huffington Post

“After thirty-five years of working in the social sector, I often feel that to stay “fresh” we invent new negative stereotypes to ascribe to “the poor.” While well-intentioned, too often, we make them appear as victims not capable of helping themselves or doing the right things. They become the subjects of our fund-raising and top-down social engineering. We use their plights to raise dollars from the wealthy who might give, out of a sense of guilt and pity.

“At the end of the day, we’re simply making poverty survivable and tolerable but not doing enough to make it escapable.”

This is an excerpt from the first of a six article series on the flaws of how we address poverty and socio-economic mobility.

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