9% of Young Children in US Live in Deep Poverty

9% of Young Children in US Live in Deep Poverty

Nine percent of all U.S. children under the age of 9 – nearly one out of 10 – live in deep poverty, according to a report published in early November by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). By comparison, 10% live in poverty and 22% in low-income...
Teachers Need Your Support Now More Than Ever

Teachers Need Your Support Now More Than Ever

The ongoing uncontrolled pandemic is affecting our nation in profound ways. I see an increase of cultural depression and anxiety. I call it such because it is like a kind of “flu” affecting so many in our society. There are always folks who suffer from depression and...
Are You Scared Yet?

Are You Scared Yet?

Hallowe’en won’t be the same this year, much to the chagrin of many costume-wearing children and pillowcase-toting teens. With COVID-19 still lurking and positive cases spiking again, some towns are banning all trick-or-treating, including church-sponsored...
152M Remain in Child Labor Worldwide

152M Remain in Child Labor Worldwide

There are 152 million children in conditions of child labor worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s annual report published Sept. 30. Of this total, 73 million are working in hazardous conditions and 25 million in situations of forced labor. These...
The Hug I Needed

The Hug I Needed

When I opened the door to my brother’s house and walked inside, my 1-year-old nephew, (“KK” as he has been affectionately nicknamed) started to cry and ran straight to me. He threw his arms around my legs, as I quickly swept him up for a giant hug. For the next hour,...