“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3.17-18

We have a need within our current system, Alberta is the richest province in Canada yet we show no pity to those who have needs. 73 000 children live in poverty within my province. This brings it a lot closer to home than news broadcasts or NGO commercials about some 3rd world country. We must let our actions show love for those beside us.

 

 

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1.27

 

Quick Facts off the Action to End Poverty in Alberta website

Alberta is one of three provinces without a poverty reduction strategy

Alberta could spend less on poverty if the government had a strategy. By less, we mean billions.
How much exactly, you wonder?
It costs between $7.1billion-$9.5 billion every year to perpetuate poverty in Alberta.
With a strategy in place, Alberta could lift 148,000 families and 73,000 children out of poverty.

An economic case for a poverty strategy

This report offers solutions and analyzes how effective our strategies have been thus far:

  • Are we basing our efforts on ideology or proven strategies?
  • Are we using a balanced combination of poverty alleviation and poverty prevention approaches?
  • Are we succumbing to the myth that poverty is primarily about individual choices rather than the systems we create in our societies?
  • What is our track record

Read the report to find out. Download full report (PDF, 3MB)?

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