Defining Poverty

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(photo by Michael Nothum)

The definition of poverty is the state or condition of having little or no money, goods or means of support.

But what about spiritual, mental or emotional poverty? The world is suffering poverty—and it doesn’t matter our social or economic status.

If we find in ourselves being bored most of the time or lacking interest in what happens in the world—it is time to see that we have a hole in ourselves that needs to be filled with love. Unselfish love. God’s love

I was born and raised in Guatemala. I just discovered a few years ago that Guatemala has one of the highest chronic malnutrition rates in Latin America. It’s reported that 8 out of 10 children will have mentally and physical problems as consequence from having a poor diet. More than 50 percent of the people in my country will face this problem, and I didn’t know, that was my mental poverty.

Food for the Hungry (FH) taught me a valuable lesson that I will never forget: “Everyone has some sort of poverty in their life, that’s why we need each other in order to enrich ourselves.”

And I understood what it meant when I met Maria, from Chioya community, in Alta Verapaz. She is a lovely girl with brown hair and the biggest, cutest smile I ever saw. We didn’t speak the same language, but we understood each other with our smiles.

She gave me a flower. She gave me unselfish love. She showed me how to love without fear. Now, I’m trying to do same. She made me richer.

She inspired me to take action and make a change in my country, Guatemala.

I invite you to make a change in the world. Please join Food for the Hungry in a goal to end our mutual poverty, together.

About Monique Aparicio

I’m a Guatemalan girl who is in love with life, grateful for each morning, seizing every moment and truly inspire for every kind smile. I want to share with you the stories about every hidden treasure in my journey with Food for the Hungry Guatemala. I hope you come with me and enjoy the ride…..

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