When you think of poverty you usually think of some third world country where
there are children and families starving and getting by on less than one dollar a day.
Some people describe poverty as a lack of essential items – such as food, clothing, water,
and shelter – needed for proper living.
Poverty is described as “…a condition
characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking
water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information.”
When people are
unable to eat, go to school, or have any access to health care, then they can be considered
to be in poverty, regardless of their income. To measure poverty in any statistical way,
however, more rigid definitions must be used.
In the movie, we
watched about families in poverty in rural WI, there were two families that really caught
The first one was Barb and Boyd and the other family was Amy and Larry.
These two families caught my attention not just because of their problems, but how and
why they became a family in poverty.
The third and final family that caught my attention
came from the movie called working off welfare.
A man by the name Greg Hunter who
seemed like everything was going for him and then became a statistic in poverty.
At first it seemed like Barb and Boyd’s marriage was just like any other marriage
Everything going for them including having six wonderful children, owned his
business, which, happen to be a farm, and had a wonderful wife.
What seemed to go
wrong with the family was that Boyd liked to drink and drink a little too much.
According to the movie, Boyd was an alcoholic and that was the major reason for Barb
and Boyd to get a divorce.
This alcohol problem may have been brought on through the
marriage, family, depression, or maybe from the work on the farm.
The farm was lost