Enough of the Poverty Porn!

Dear Friends & Supporters:

Take a look at the pictures and messages we portray on our website and on Facebook. You will see positive, uplifti

ng and happy faces. You will see messages that promote kindness, charity, respect and love. You will never see “poverty porn” (malnourished, starving, famine-stricken human beings). It’s not to say that form of suffering does not exist. It does. No doubt, there are severe struggles and challenges the global village faces daily–that of extreme poverty, corruption, inequality, inadequate health and educational services, etc.

Because of which, we have joined the global village in a non-paternalistic, direct partnership to honor homegrown solutions, promote local ownership and self-sufficiency, and to achieve results of impact and sustainability…all while avoiding the degrading handout and Western-savior mentality every step of the way. We protest against organizations that only portray the suffering and heart wrenching ‘bad’ in countries they work to serve in order to earn emotion-triggered donations. This, we feel, is degrading and dehumanizing to those who are victims of this form of exploitation.

There is so much good–there is so much to celebrate. If you happen to see a story or post from us that saddens you, you’re likely to see ten more that uplift you. Suffering exists. Pain is evident. We are not advocating to put on rose colored glasses to make the world look rosy. However, we wish to turn from the negativism that so permeates our world and look for the remarkable good. Stories of hope, perseverance and empowerment are the stories we will tell.

Remember, there is no such thing as “underdeveloped.” There is only “developing.” We protest against the use of “poverty porn” and stories that degrade and diminish all the good that is being done by men and women of worth and integrity. Negativity should never justify calls for assistance. Our interrelated humanness, sincere desires for authentic partnership, and the hope of learning something from each other is why we do what we do.

Much love,

Steve Wrigley
Founder, Director
Global Outreach Alliance

P.S. Here’s a funny satire that may help shed light on the irony of the world cheap car mechanic consistently painting a negative picture of the developing world: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/28/166095383/africa-for-norway-viral-video-pokes-fun-at-stereotypes-in-aid-efforts .

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