Overcoming Poverty: Potter’s House, Guatemala

This month, I want to focus on a complex problem that I have spent many years trying to understand, personally and for the improvement of others: poverty. Why do some people suffer under the poorest conditions while others live wealthy, carefree lives?

I am involved with an organization called the Potter’s House. This is a Christian organization that works within Guatemalan communities to fight poverty.

Here’s story of Potter’s House through Kelvin.

Potter’s House began when its founder, Gladys Güitz, went to city Guatemala City at the request of friends. When visiting, she said “a great pain inside me welled up as I saw children playing in the filth, people rummaging through the trash looking for anything of value, and children and adults sniffing glue.” This experience forced her to pray and to ask why, and how, such conditions are possible. Potter’s House began as a Christmas celebration with a few thousand attendees; Gladys continued to give away blankets to those in need.

Poverty is usually recognized as solely economic poverty. But at Potter’s House, eight varieties have been necessary to for categorization.

Spiritual Poverty – Lack of self purpose, disinterest in moral issues
Poverty of the Will – Unstructured life, capacity to fall into addictions
Intellectual Poverty- Extreme lack of access to education and knowledge
Poverty of Affection – Subject to emotional and physical abuse
Physical Poverty – Limited access to health care
Poverty of Social Network – Loneliness, isolation, and alienation
Poverty of Civic Involvement – Distance from community and government
Economic Poverty – Living under $2 a day, limited progress and growth

Potter’s House is branched out of a central community centers. The philosophy is that charity fails when outside leaders make false assumptions and take charge. Instead, they train and empower people from the community to take charge of their own growth. This way, the community can transform from within. Potter’s House encourages their donors to come to Guatamela and serve for an extended amount of time in order to personally appreciate the conditions of poverty and develop a love for the communities they are serving.

from Tom Cutshall & Philanthropy http://ift.tt/1Pl7Wrg

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