‘Break the Poverty’ symposium hopes to challenge perceptions
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Feb 03, 2013 | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The cycle of poverty is definable as a phenomenon in which poor families become trapped in poverty for at least three generations.

In economics, the cycle of poverty is the "set of factors or events by which poverty, once started, is likely to continue unless there is outside intervention."

Three generations is enough time that a family includes no surviving ancestors who possess and transmit the intellectual, social, and cultural capital necessary to stay out of or escape poverty.

The poverty cycle is usually called "development trap" when it is applied to countries.

People for Care and Learning is sponsoring the second “Break the Poverty Cycle” symposium Wednesday through Friday at Lee University in the Church Street Annex (formerly the First Baptist Church).

The lineup of speakers will challenge perceptions about the poor.

The free event features Shane Claiborne, Dr. Fred Toke and Dr. James W. Jackson.

People for Care and Learning International Director Dr. Fred Garmon said the symposium is a great opportunity to learn and interact with nonprofits that are making a global impact.

He sees the annual discussion becoming the premier venue for the exchange of ideas on breaking the cycle of poverty.

The symposium at Lee University will provide the opportunity for pioneering stakeholders across diverse sectors to share practical, emerging approaches to engage low-income families in a journey to economic self-sufficiency.

Experts in program delivery, applied research, public policy, philanthropy, and program participants will be invited to each to the annual gatherings. Their purpose is to generate cross-sector dialogue among those with a stake in seeing low-income families succeed.

Registration is 3 to 7 p.m. in the annex followed by the opening session by Dr. James W. Jackson.

Jackson’s work as an international economic consultant in developing nations around the globe made him come face to face with the needs of the sick and dying.

During a trip to Brazil, he visited a small clinic near Rio de Janeiro where he learned patients were often turned away due to the clinic’s lack of basic medical supplies and equipment.

Upon returning to his home in Evergreen, Colo., and with the assistance of friends in the medical industry, he collected approximately $250,000 worth of medical supplies in his garage in about 30 days.

Jackson personally paid the shipping expenses to send an ocean-going cargo container to Brazil. Soon after, he and his wife, Dr. AnnaMarie Jackson, founded Project C.U.R.E, a nonprofit, humanitarian relief organization.

He has devoted the past 23 years of his life traveling in more than 150 countries "delivering health and hope" to the world’s most needy people. Literally thousands of people are alive today as a direct result of the tireless efforts of Project C.U.R.E.'s staff and volunteers.

With tears and laughter, Shane Claiborne unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of the world and the tangible hope that another world is possible.

Shane graduated from Eastern University, and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. His ministry experience ranges from a 10-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to a year spent serving a wealthy mega-congregation at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago.

During the recent war in Iraq, he spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team.

Shane is also a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. He is featured in the DVD series “Another World Is Possible” and is the author of the several books including “The Irresistible Revolution,” “Jesus for President,” and “Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers.”

Dr. Fred Toke is an ordained bishop with the Church of God and a board member of People for Care & Learning. Apart from serving as the national overseer for Singapore and Malaysia, he is chief operations officer of the Church of God Asia Center for Christian Ministries and Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries. He also founded Lee Community College in Singapore.

A psychologist by training, he was vice president of Singapore Psychotherapists Guild and a former adjunct faculty member at the National Institute of Singapore's Psychological Academic Studies Group.

Toke regularly conducts leadership training for community leaders, government agencies and multinational corporations such as Singapore Airlines, Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola, Abbott Laboratories and others.