Hello hello! Recently we have been diving into a book that has been suggested for us to read by multiple people. The book entitled, When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, unpacks ways in which mindset and misunderstandings can lead to furthering disparity and poverty when we are trying to fix it. This week we are focusing on “the problem”, and next week we will touch on some solutions!
TOOLS, TACTICS, & TIPS 1. “The way that we act toward the economically poor often communicates--albeit unintentionally--that we are superior and they are inferior. In the process we hurt the poor and ourselves.” 2. “If we reduce human beings to being simply physical--as Western thought is prone to do--our poverty-alleviation efforts will tend to focus on material solutions. But if we remember that humans are spiritual, social, psychological, and physical beings, our poverty-alleviation efforts will be more holistic in their design and execution.” 3. “While poor people mention having a lack of material things, they tend to describe their condition in far more psychological and social terms than our North American audiences. Poor people typically talk in terms of shame, inferiority, powerlessness, humiliation, fear, hopelessness, depression, social isolation, and voicelessness.”
THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: A Safe Haven for Women with Tara Armbruster Executive Director of McKemie Place, an unaccompanied women’s shelter in Alabama.
NEXT WEEK... We will share our conversation with Mary Kitchens (founder) and Tanya Mohawk (director) of Mississippi’s Toughest Kids! MTK is a foundation that is creating Camp Kamassa, a year round camp facility that caters to children with a wide range of physical disabilities, mental disabilities and/or illnesses. SEE GOOD. BE GOOD. DO GOOD.