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Reducing Poverty

Reducing Poverty

What can Girl Scouts do to help prevent or reduce poverty? Poverty consists of a lack of the basic needs of shelter, clothing, clean water, and education. Check out some of the latest facts and think about how you can help:
· One out of every five children in the U.S. now live in poverty
· 2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since they started keeping track in 1959

Resources to help:

The Earth Institute at Columbia University has a list of ideas on how to help (you’ll need to scroll down on their home page to find it). 
What causes poverty and what can you do to help?
Information on how to help end poverty. 














Brand new opportunity for OLDER GIRLS – Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors only!!  Amarillo Habitat for Humanity is building a new house in Southwest Amarillo at 2801 S. Houston that will benefit a qualified low-income family in Amarillo.  This Women Build House will be built using 80% women volunteers and our older Girl Scouts can be a part of this.

Contact  Sasha Toillion, Family Services Coordinator, Amarillo Habitat for Humanity at (806) 383-3456 or sasha.toillion@amahfh.org  to sign up for a work date.
Dates are filling up quickly.  Book early.
Workdays are Wednesday through Saturday 8:30-4:30.
Adult volunteers are also needed.
Let Natalie Stephenson (nstephenson@gs-top.org) know that your girls are going to be volunteering on this project.

Click here to contact your local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to find out about volunteer opportunities near you! 


Fort Worth Region:
Engineering and Humanity Week - April 16-20, 2012    Dallas, TX

You are invited to visit the exhibit “Shelters for Humanity” on display at North Park Center and visit the Living Village on the campus of Southern Methodist University.  More than 1 billion people around the world live on less than $1 per day; of those 70 percent are women. More than 80 percent of the world's population lives on less than $10 per day.  The Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity strives to change the standard of living for the world's poorest populations, including those in the United States. 


The Living Village on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) will be home to students who will live, cook, and sleep in temporary shelters designed to house people displaced by war and natural disasters. Students, faculty and local members of the community will build the village on the SMU campus lawn, showcasing a variety of shelter technologies.  

There is a Cardboard Design Contest:

Learn more about the Engineering and Humanity Week:



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