Poverty Level, Not for Long!
What is the poverty level? A Burmese person might answer it is something less then having 15 cups of rice to your name. When I think about the standards Americans have used to define poverty, I realize that for many people throughout the world and even in the United States, they get by on far less. What are the absolute necessities of life: housing, food, and clothing? Thank the Lord that for the arriving Burmese, in most cases, they took major steps of improvement from previous conditions. Now they have emergency medical care for all, assistance with food needs, strong permanent housing (verses mandated temporary structures in the refugee camps), public transportation, and education for all children.
Our hope, as those who work with the arriving refugees, is that they will not settle with just this new plateau of living but will strive to improve their command of English, learn new trades, develop great work habits, make contributions to the spectrum of life and launch their second generation as well as themselves on the way to being beautiful additions to the American melting pot (of which we all are participants).