"Obunga Estate - Kisumu"

O YE RICH ONES ON EARTH! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease. (1)

The "elimination of the extremes of poverty and wealth" is a spiritual principle recognised the world over, but yet the rich get richer and the poor, poorer.

1. Plight of the Poor
While people here say “you are my brother”, “you are my sister”, but in reality this is not true in their thinking!

O CHILDREN OF DUST! Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor, lest heedlessness lead them into the path of destruction, and deprive them of the Tree of Wealth. To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues. (1)

2. Some Major Factors
There are many factors why poor people are poor but the following are the main reasons why there are so many in abject poverty:

• Lack of a Proper Education

“Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however, deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess.” (1)

Education is a right of all people. If the Governments of the world spent just one tenth of what they spend on weapons of war there would be enough money to pay for everyone to have free education to university level the world over. But instead they prefer to make war instead of peace. Here in Kenya, like many other parts of the world, people must pay for their children to go to school but yet many cannot afford the school fees and many children remain at home! What type of "leaders" allow this to happen? These children are the future of the world who will look after you when you are old!

• Sanitation
Poor sanitation is one of the biggest problems in the “Shanty Towns” all over the world. How to bring clean water and the removal of human waste has perplexed mankind for thousands of years but yet the early Romans, and even older civilizations had solved many of these issues but today here in the 21st Century we still don’t have clean water and adequate toilet facilities! How can we expect poor people to elevate themselves when they have no access to essential human rights?

If you have to choose between food and buying a toilet even if there where sewage pipes then obviously you choose food.

Adequate sanitation is the foundation of development—but a decent toilet or latrine is an unknown luxury to half the people on earth... The main result can be summed up in one deadly word: diarrhoea. It kills 2.2 million children a year and consumes precious funds in health care costs, preventing families and nations from climbing the ladder of development. UNICEF