The new face of American poverty is often that of a child's. That's because 1-in-5 children in the USA is poor -- living at or below the federal poverty level. While our country ranks first in Gross Domestic Product and leads the world in its number of billionaires, it is the second worst country when it comes to child poverty rates -- just ahead of Romania, according to this report.
Shame and low self-esteem have long been considered inherent components of poverty. That's because poverty involves material and social deprivation. Not only do poor kids have a higher chance of going to school hungry, they are more likely to be bullied for their tattered clothes and shoes. And if their shoes don't fit, poor kids miss out on activities that most of us take for granted, like playing sport.
Socioeconomic status directly translates into poor educational performance. It also usually means that kids living in less privileged circumstances are more likely to suffer from health issues, including obesity.
Simply put, shoes are a basic human necessity because they promote equality and they afford more opportunities.