We are often told that poor people are poor because they make bad decisions, but have you ever thought they make bad decisions because they are poor?
An NUS study of families on an MWS-initiated debt relief programme called GOOD (Getting Out of Debt) showed that the mental stress of chronic debt/poverty hurts a person's ability to think clearly and make good decisions.
In a country as developed as ours, we find it hard to imagine a family struggling to pay for basic necessities like 3 square meals, school fees, medical care, or even rental for the roof over their heads. For some households, that is their reality, and it will take multiple generations for their family to break out of the poverty cycle, if at all.
One of them is Ling’s* family. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and was declared medically unfit for work, leaving her husband as the sole breadwinner for a family of 6. Money woes led to marital conflicts which in turn affected the children. When Ling came under MWS’ care, apart from receiving support through casework and counselling, the family was also placed on the MWS Family Development Programme which empowered them to save for their future. With improved finances and stability, Ling’s relationship with her husband and children strengthened, and she was also able to focus on her own recovery.

We see many families like Ling’s. They often feel so trapped by their circumstances, they cannot see a way out. You can give them hope again. 
Helping can be simple. A gift of only $1 a day or $30 a month can help families break out of the cycle of poverty. 
As Mother Theresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” There is strength in numbers and together, we can break the chains of poverty. 
Breaking out of poverty takes 2-3 generations, and they require strong and regular support. Join MWS in helping low-income families take steady steps towards a better future! 

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