The Cruelties of Childhood Poverty
"A report by the Children's Defense fund, Ending Child Poverty Now, points out the cruelties of childhood poverty: worse health and educational outcomes, impaired cognitive development and the effects of “toxic stress” on brain functions." Blow, C. (2015, January 27). Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty.
There is a special need for food and warmth for Lakota children. Outside of school, such as on breaks and weekends, many kids on the reservation are without adequate food. A majority of homes lack the heating and insulation needed to keep kids warm. Stresses such as theirs are what put youth at risk later in life.
One Spirit is working with the Lakota community to reduce the impacts of childhood poverty through the End Hunger Project and Wood and Home Repair Programs. We can provide nutritious food and prevent diet-related disease while building the foundation for successful futures. We can help families get shelter and ensure that they are safe through the brutal cold.
With your help, the Lakota people can alleviate the cruelties of childhood poverty among their people.
A Family Needs Shelter
With blankets up to the windows and doors...
In a desperate attempt to hold in heat...
A family of four lives with only sheets of plywood protecting them from the bitter cold.
The walls and parts of the ceiling are falling apart, allowing frigid winds to rush through the house.
There is no relief in sight.
No Other Place To Stay
This family has nowhere else to turn. There is no other place they can live. However, the father says that with some help, he could fix up the place in order to make the house livable.
The supplies for the needed repairs would cost less than $500.00.
Shown on the right is the wood stove that the family is hoping to install in order to heat the house. If repairs can be done, this will be their source of heat. It will ensure that they survive the winter temperatures.
You Can Save Lives
On a daily basis we are receiving calls for help from people that are without heat or food.
It is not uncommon for the wind chill to drop under 30 below zero in the South Dakota badlands. Dangerous temperatures and blizzard conditions can strike at any time.
You can make a direct impact on a family's life today. You can save lives.