United We Stand

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July 2017

Seychelles is making significant strides in addressing the needs of families living in poverty. Though children comprise a relatively small population, the need to combat high poverty levels remains a priority for the Seychelles government. Alleviating poverty is a tremendous task but with the right tools and plan in place, it can be accomplished. According to the Seychelles News Agency, the National Bureau of Statistics will work collaboratively with the local government department to discover the cause and effects of poverty which will be done with a four-weeks survey. The survey will be administered in four poverty-stricken districts, identified by a 2013 NBS survey. In the article, it is the goal of Dick Esparon, the secretary of state of poverty and alleviation, and Helena De Letourdis, deputy chief executive of NBS, to concentrate on areas of those affected by poverty and identify the underlying causes.

Seychelles economic vulnerability is a work in progress as the country battles environmental challenges and foreign trade deficits while trying to revitalize agricultural independence. Combating poverty is a generational solution. Because children are the most vulnerable and helpless category of citizens, tackling the root cause of poverty will end the cyclical effects and improve the livelihoods of citizens for generations to come. 

Reference:

Ernesta, S. (2017, May 24). New survey will identify causes of poverty in Seychelles’ poorest districts. Seychelles News Agency, Retrieved from http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/7315/New+survey+will+identify+causes+of+poverty+in+Seychelles%27+poorest+districts

Photo Credit: Julaie, Pixabay, License: CC Public Domain

Aneeta Pearson, MSW, MS

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