APEEBA works in partnership with local schools to help the orphans, vulnerable youth and children to obtain education and offer them hope for a better life tomorrow. ‘Education is the key’ – without it there is no way these needy people, who have been decimated by the civil wars can move forward. Sadly the education in rural villages is inadequate. Shortage of facilities, distance to travel to the nearest school, poverty and lack of safe water and food are common place.
The Vicious Cycle of Poverty
This is a phenomenon used often by economic scientists. It simply means poverty begets poverty. It is a concept that illustrates how poverty causes poverty and traps people in poverty unless an external intervention is applied to break the cycle.
Lets look at this scenario with a family in absolute poverty.
Family household headed by poor widows with children having very little or nothing to eat, and no access to health facilities. As a result, the children are malnourished and unhealthy and have many health complications. They are therefore unable to go to school (even if there is a school in the next village). They grow up with no education or skill and cannot do any economic activity. Their parent die from preventable diseases as a result of lack of health facilities, and their fate is in their hands. As the children turn adults, they find wives who are just on the same level of poverty as them, and they have their own children. They hand over this condition to their children, who will also grow up in similar conditions.
It takes an intervention from governments, charity organizations or family members who are better off to step in and provide some kind of assistance (health, feeding, shelter and basic education) to get the youth to do some kind of economic activity to bring in some income. Without that, this cycle will continue for generations and it’s a trap that is extremely difficult to get out of. Fortunately, APEBA is dedicated to breaking this cycle and help the beneficiaries live productive and dignified lives