Georgia Van Cuylenburg wrote -
There are currently more than 47 million Americans living in poverty, and over 21 million of them are children. Statistics tell us that 45% of those children will stay in poverty for the rest of their lives. We have the resources and ability to change this - something must be done.
I have the honor of working with children whose families live in poverty every day. These families are the most hard working and determined people I know. For many of it is hard to even imagine the challenges they confront everyday just to survive. We must offer compassion and seek to understand these families if we are going to change things for their children.
On December 5th , I will be swimming 24,000 meters (14.9 miles) to share some perspective on the determination, fear, doubt, grit, exhaustion and pain that can attack you when you take on something out of your reach. The poverty line for a four-person family in the United States is $23,860 a year. I will be pushing myself beyond a number that seems almost impossible to me to bring attention to the seemingly impossible task that these families face when they are told to "get out of poverty."
My goal is to raise $24,000 to support the work Arts Bridging the Gap does to empowers children to reach above and beyond any statistic or label.
We need to put an end to poverty. But, this will never happen if we don’t understand what it means to live in poverty. If we take the time to truly listen to what these children need to thrive, we can make a change with one generation.
Laps for Change
Food for 6 months
The security of knowing you can eat for 6 months (on a low cost food plan) and have nourished bodies and minds.
One out of school class
For one child to have a class where they express themselves, learn social skills and self esteem - it is priceless.
Laundry for a year
Keeping your family clean and dignified brings pride and changes your perception of yourself.
A Computer for the house
Enables parents to look for work, connect with family and be contactable for all opportunities. Provides a place for children to do their homework and be connected with the world.
Shoes for one child for the year
Little feet grow so fast - if your shoes don’t fit your feet hurt and get damaged and make you feel less than.
Pens and pencils for one child for a year
How can you do your homework and learn without the tools?
Gas for the car for a week
To get your children to and from school and activities and to work for the parents.
Every child deserves the chance to explore, learn and belong with their class.