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At times my life is dominated by a struggle to produce or provide basic necessities so my family and I can continue to survive. This tiring struggle often leaves me in a weakened state, but regularly I pause and ask, “Are my basic sustenance needs being satisfactorily met, and are prospects good that they will continue to be met in the future?” If the answer is no, then I must make changes. What I most fear is the day when I have no options, when I don’t know what changes to make. Then I will worry that a slow, painful death lurks nearby. (Note: Sometimes, in their struggle to survive, poor people will not accord other people or the environment the respect that they would if their making a living were not so difficult.)

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

can relate to lack of adequate food / Hunger

relate to lack of adequate shelter / Homelessness

has employment issues (job loss, working poor, workaholic, etc)  

work hard, engaged in subsistence agriculture

summary Wikipedia article:  Absolute Poverty

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1223

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 216

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Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative  ("to build a multidimensional economic framework for reducing poverty grounded in people’s experiences and values")
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Nigeria's Food Crisis (report from The Economist September 3 2016)
"Ending Energy Poverty: Power to the Powerless" (report about bringing electricity to the world's poorest in The Economist Feb 27 2016)
"Eradicating Disease"  (report on the battle vs. seven diseases incl. malaria, news leader piece from The Economist October 10 2015)
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"Migrant Workers and America's Harvest of Shame" by Ralph Nader (Aug 2 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (Aug 30 2013 NY Times review by Deborah Sontag of novel about "Haiti's life or death struggles")
"Poverty--Not Always With Us" (article re ending extreme poverty by 2030, in The Economist June 1 2013)
"America Split in Two: Five Ugly Extremes of Inequality" by Paul Buchheit (March 25 2013 article on Common Dreams website)
With 50 Million Hungry in US, New Film Demands 'A Place at the Table' by Jason Kane (more about 2013 documentary)  
Hinterland by Caroline Brothers (more from author's website on this 2011 novel about Afghan refugees crossing Europe)

Four Ways to Help The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier (2008 TED talk)

The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier (read excerpts of this 2007 book at Google Books)
Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters by Robert Neuwirth (more on this 2006 book from Google Books)
Working in the Shadows by Gabriel Thompson (read excerpts from this 2010 book at book's website)
"Unclean Water Claims More Lives Than War" (March 22, 2010 story from Environment News Service)
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A Dollar A Day (devoted to "examining poverty in developing nations" and "raising awareness of the plight of the poor")
Human Development Reports (website of this UN program)
UNICEF ("for every child: health, education, equality, protection")
Survival International (devoted to helping tribal people defend their lives, protect their lands, etc)
The Global Poverty Project (devoted to "catalyzing the movement to end extreme poverty")
Africa--The Global Face of Poverty, by Moraa Gitaa (2007 article posted on G21 "The World's Magazine")
"Virtual Visit to the Kpawa Community of Togo" (share their struggles, dreams, daily routines--from Plan USA)
My Own Four Walls (a video about kids and homelessness, from the non-profit Hear Us)
Meeting the Health Needs of the Very Poor
Poverty Around The World
Poverty: Challenging the Myths
Poverty in Third World Countries   (photos)
Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research  (British university's project)
Poverty in South Asia, by Imtiaz Alam (Feb 2007 article posted on the One World South Asia website)
"Rescuing the Bottom Billion Through the Control of Tropical Diseases" by Peter J. Hotez (2009 paper)
"Poor Nutrition Stunting Growth" (Nov 2009 BBC report on UNICEF study)
"A Village Woman's Legacy," by Jimmy Carter (article by former president in Time March 31 2008)
"Blueprint Brigade," by Bryan Walsh (article about Engineers Without Borders in Time December 10 2007)
Children and Poverty (homepage of campaign by CARE, "a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty")
Pictures of Third World Poverty, Hunger, Starvation
"Human Rights: More Than One Hundred Million Homeless Worldwide", by Gustavo Capdevila (news report)
Living on $1 a Day, article by Xanthe Scharff
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. (review of this 2013 book)
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Nutrition and the Alleviation of Absolute Poverty in Communities, by Rainer Gross 
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Poverty, Work, and Freedom by S. Rizvi, and D. Levine   (book review)
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Project Health (dedicated to "breaking the link between poverty and poor health")
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