January is Poverty Awareness Month. While we may feel the pinch of January credit card bills for our Christmas shopping, most of us have little real idea of being poor. If we have access to clean water, basic shelter, and adequate food, we are rich compared to so many—and have a responsibility to those who have less.
Download this calendar for Poverty Awareness Month. It’s full of activities, information, and links to increase your awareness as well as that of the children in your homes and classrooms. Alert Visions students to Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s “More than a Roof” contest for grades 7–12. Check with your local coordinator for diocesan deadlines. National deadline for entries is March 31.
Many of those who suffer from poverty are among the migrants and refugees—those who leave their homes for hope of a better life in a different country. The week of January 5–11 is National Migration Week.
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