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Children and Poverty

In Uganda, Kitega village’s main activity is agriculture; however, the standard of living remains low due to unemployment and poverty. Children are therefore, neglected and not given the attention and care they need and deserve.

Environment plays a crucial role in the development of children’s brains. According to the Guardian, a study concluded that children from poorer backgrounds tend to have smaller brain regions responsible for the development of language, memory, and reasoning. These regions are central to a child’s potential to receive good education.

“The brain is the product of both genetics and experience, and experience is particularly powerful in molding brain development in childhood,” said Kim Noble, first author on the study at Columbia University in New York. “Interventions to improve socioeconomic circumstances, family life, and educational opportunities can make a vast difference.”

Scientists hope that certain activities can help with children’s brain growth as well as easier access to further education which leads to higher incomes.

But our generosity is as important. Did you know that the richest of us could end poverty and world hunger? As attainable as this may seem, we refuse to have the empathy it takes to make it possible. These children could have grown up to be one of the most successful and influential people, but they’re not given the chance to. It’s up to us. Their future is in our hands. You can help us fight poverty and improve Ugandan children’s life in many ways:

  1. Volunteer (online or on-site)
  2. Donate (one-time or committed donor)
  3. Sponsor a child
  4. Email us your suggestions (we would love to hear from you!)
  5. Or simply spread the world

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.” – Muhammad Ali

Areej Mulla, Online Volunteering Team

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