July 5, 2013

SamanthaSaman­tha is a very bub­bly and spir­ited 8-year-old who is in the 3rd grade.  She is the fourth born to seven chil­dren.  Saman­tha is one of the sweet­est lit­tle girls who cares about every­one and every­thing around her.  She is con­sis­tently com­pli­mented by peo­ple she encoun­ters, her fam­ily, and teach­ers on her smile and how it never leaves her face.

When we inter­viewed her, she let us know how shar­ing with oth­ers, and hav­ing oth­ers share with her makes her feel good. She talks about the chores she helps do around the house, and how the loss of her dog is a sad mem­ory in her home. What does home mean to her? “It’s greeeeeeeeat!”

Even though her sis­ters may have a dif­fer­ent view, she doesn’t see peo­ple being treated dif­fer­ently based on their income. She may not real­ize that her fam­ily may be strug­gling finan­cially, as she focuses her hap­pi­ness on her family.

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)