FACTS ABOUT POVERTY IN NEW ZEALAND
In New Zealand, poverty is seen as relative, whereby those suffering deprivation is often struggling to feed their children, living in insecure circumstances, and unable to enjoy a satisfying social life. As a result, family members’ health suffers and children fail to achieve a sound level of education.
The New Zealand Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty (EAG) (2012) explained the reality of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand in this way:
Child poverty involves material deprivation and hardship. It means, for instance, a much higher chance of having insufficient nutritious food, going to school hungry, wearing worn-out shoes or going barefoot, having inadequate clothing, living in a cold, damp house and sleeping in a shared bed. It often means missing out on activities that most New Zealanders take for granted, like playing sport and having a birthday party. A major reason is because their families cannot afford the very modest transport costs. This is the harsh reality for many of our children in New Zealand.
BOX OF HAPPINESS
Box of Happiness is an initiative, where we identify families who are in need and provide them with food supplies as a start.
We will carefully analyze their situation and provide constant support in terms of education for their children, business mentoring chances to sustain their family and moral support.
They will get through counseling sessions once their fundamental requirements (food, shelter, and clothing) have been met.
WHY DID WE CHOOSE NEW ZEALAND?
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced families to restructure their daily lives. The truth is that there are families today who have to restrict their food intake, tighten their stomachs, and must face the challenges of making a livelihood.
Every month when we receive the salaries, we are thinking the salary earned is still not enough to pay that and this. But we also need to think there are still people who don’t even have a penny to buy food.
18,000 New Zealand children were pushed into poverty in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research made by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).
Data released in 2021 shows that the progress is slow, with many vulnerable children still living in damp, unaffordable homes and with families that run out of food.
The consequence of diets poor in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are affecting the health and life prospects of millions more, and casting a shadow over the future of communities and entire countries.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
THE IMPACT IF THE PROJECT IS NOT SUPPORTED:
Let’s put a smile on their faces and create greater happiness within themselves and the world by awarding them a Box of Happiness.
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