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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:52

Poverty's Impact on Women and Children

Julian Omidi, co-founder of No More Poverty, discusses the impact poverty has on women and children throughout America.

Often when poverty is discussed in the media, the emphasis is on national statistics. Contributors discuss the federal poverty line and the national average. What is often left out are the individuals who are most heavily impacted by poverty, women and children. Recently, Save the Children released their 2015 State of the World's Mothers Report, which focuses on the impact of rapid urbanization on the world's poorest women.

The report focused on the relative health and well-being of young women and children throughout the world. In overall performance, the US slipped to number 33 on the list of 179 countries surveyed, even though we are one of the wealthiest countries in the global economy. What's more alarming is the number of infant deaths that occur in our individual cities.

Of the world's richest capitals, our nation's own capital Washington DC was found to have the highest rate of infant mortality. In Washington, 6.6 babies die per 1,000 births. What's worse is that America also has a high maternal death rate. One in 1,800 women face potential maternal death. This is significantly higher than other countries.

The capital isn't the only city that faces these statistics. In New York, 4.6 out of every 1,000 live births are said to end in death. In specific areas of New York, like the Bronx which is the poorest community, there is an infant death rate of 5.7 to every 1,000 live births. Infant mortality rates expand further than at birth, it includes up to the first year of life. Some of these statistics are influenced by factors like the amount of urbanization and industrialization that could be unhealthy for a newborn child.

It is clear from these figures and the report that America has much to improve when it comes to the health of mothers and children who are living in poverty. Compared to other developed nations, we are slipping. Yet, there is much criticism towards the discussion of poverty within the social dialogue. On the conservative side, there are many people who advocate against anti-poverty measures like national health care and a higher minimum wage.

We must band together and cross the aisle in Washington if we want true reform. It is the only way to make America a stronger nation as a whole. The inability to do so will lead to more death and suffering, which shouldn't be tolerated.

Be good to each other,

Julian Omidi

Julian Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that aims to reduce poverty in America.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:15

Government aid Often Misses the Poorest Americans

Dr. Michael Omidi is co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Today he discusses how government aid often isn’t accessible to our nation’s poorest.

Last week, The New York Times posted an article examining the distribution of government aid to the economically challenged in America. Throughout, the article raises awareness of those who are often missed in receiving financial assistance. Today, we will address the questions raised and offer suggestions on how you personally can help.

Since the mid-1980s, there has been an increase in assistance to the disabled, working poor and married couples. However, aid directed towards the poorest Americans has shrunk. From 1983 to 2004, aid to families just above the poverty line has nearly doubled. These numbers are in far contrast to those at the bottom of the income gap, those benefits have decline by one-third.

Recent government reform has emphasized rewarding those who are disadvantage that work, are disable and elderly. These are the ‘deserving poor.’ Those who do not work, are generally seen as ‘not trying’. This can be seen through the Obama administration’s proposal for a $500 tax credit to working parents with children, the increase in the national minimum wage and paid parental leave.

Much of this decline started back in the 90s with the Clinton administration’s pursuit to end welfare as we know it. That was in hopes to stop welfare cheats. However, this type of decline in aid truly hurts those who are in desperate need. With all that said, how are the country’s most poor able to get by?

Ending Poverty through Non-Profit Aid

As the article highlight, many of these men and women are forced to look through private organizations for assistance. One such man had help through the Salvation Army and various shelters. Without individual support, it then is left up to charitable contributions from individuals and non-profit organizations.

We here at No More Poverty feel for these individuals. We offer resources to those looking to get ahead by giving access to information on micro-lenders and organizations like GCLearnFree.org, which provides online education regardless of income or circumstances. We also work with many charities that help aid those in need with necessities like groceries, clothing and temporary shelter.

Ultimately, it is important for our government to help their citizens in need. Yet, the politics to do so become very difficult because of disagreeing views from both sides of the aisle. Luckily, our country has so many charitable individuals who want to help provide economic relief to those in need. You can help in that cause by donating to charitable organizations, as well as volunteering your time at shelters. As individuals, we have the power to change our nation. I hope those of you who are able to, do your part to stop poverty.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

The Omidi brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, along with their mother, Cindy Omidi are founders of several charities dedicated to making the world a better place.

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