Essay on The Effects Of Poverty On A Child

999 Words Mar 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Growing up in poverty can have a lasting impact on a child. Whether it is physically, emotionally, or academically, it can be a daily struggle for a child to endure. Food, shelter, health care, family, clothing, money, and other necessities are crucial for a child’s well-being. Statistics show that one in four (twenty-five percent) American children currently live in poverty (Repka). Poverty is basically the condition of people’s needs not being met. Growing up in a situation like that can have a lasting impact on a child physically. The child could be raised in an unsafe neighborhood, where gangs and other dangerous things are. They might also live in a home where they are unloved and not taken care of properly. Being in a situation like that can cause the child to have stress, cognitive development, learning disabilities, and health related issues, such as bad hygiene and sometimes diseases. Physically, it puts the kids in a very bad state of mind. I help in a program where we deal with kids who basically grow up in “poverty”. Most of them do not have the best home life. It may not be poverty like you see in other countries where there is absolutely no housing, health care, and food, but it is still a form of poverty. Most of the time, the children I help are in situations where they are unloved, who have a lack of affection in the home. It breaks my heart, because they sometimes search for love in the most unlovable ways. Physically, the child has despair, gloom, and…

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