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The Helping Hands Leon, Alex, Ellen, Nicola
We have decided to do our inquiry on poverty.


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There are many kinds of poverty such as...

Lack of food
Lack of clothing
No shelter
No money
No life basics
No job
No income
No education


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We have decided to focus on getting the basics (like clothing, food and warmth) for the less fortunate people.
Questions:

1. Are there people in our community that don't have food, clothing and blankets?
2. Are there any programmes that support people in need of food, clothing and blankets, if so, what ones?
3. What programme gives the most support to those that have no food, clothing or blankets?
4. Why are some people less fortunate in receiving clothing and food?
5. Where do the people without food and clothing live?
6. What kind of people become less fortunate in receiving clothing and food?
7. How do we contact the people in need of food, clothing and blankets so we can donate items to them?

Hypothesize:

1. We think that there are people in our community that don't have food, clothing and blankets, after all, it can happen to anyone.
2. We don't know any programs that help support people that don't have food, clothing and blankets but we think there are.
3. We have no ideas of any programs so we don't know the main supplier.
4. There are some people less fortunate because of unemployment, accidents and poor health which could result to no job.
5. We do not know where the people in poverty mostly live.
6. Poverty can strike anyone anytime anyplace anywhere. This can happen to people who's family could have been involved in a accident or has been stricken by illness.
7. We think we can donate items to them through programmes in the community.

Answers:

1. There are people in our community that don't have either clothing, food or blankets.
2. Yes. There are definitely some programmes trying to help people in poverty or homeless people.Getting Started and Food in schools are a couple of programmes that help.
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4. The obvious reason why, is that people have not enough money. But there are many reasons why people can't get enough money to by these basics. Some of these reasons are not their fault. For example, unemployment, accidents and poor health. There are also some reasons that are their fault such as drinking and taking drugs.
5. If they don't have enough money, they may live on the streets. Some of them may live in homeless people refuges.
6. Lack of food ,clothing and blankets can strive anyone but usually it strikes people that are in poverty or have no home.
7. We can't contact those people directly, but we can donate things to them through other programmes in the community.


Resources:

http://www.asbcommunitytrust.org.nz/community-news-homeless.html
http://www.manukau.govt.nz/
http://www.beehive.govt.nz/ViewDocument.aspx?DocumentID=21783
Teacher Comment 22.8.07
You are on the right track, but you need to go back and read the task outline. You should start with a brainstorm on all the kinds of poverty in our community. From this, decide on an area that you want to investigate. Once again, brainstorm all the situations related to your chosen issue ( eg. lack of food ). You would then need to ask questions about why people don't have food in our community? how people become get into this situation in our community? where do they get their food from, how do they get it, who is responsible for this? Your questions should include questions which related to our fertile question on rights and responsibility. Each person in your group should make a comment about how you are doing or what you have found out each week. There should be four entries each week. You are a little way behind, so you are going to have to get your planning in place and then hand out tasks so that everyone can contribute. Mrs. M











Our Reflective log
Name
Date
Our group has done all of our assigned work so far.
Nicola
21/08/07
We are doing alright, and we made our questions.
Leon
22/08/07
I think that our group is working well we have had a few disagreements
but we sorted them out. We have all done what we were supposed to do
so far.
Ellen
23/08/07
We have redone our questions and brainstorm
Alex
24/08/07
We have done some research towards the questions.
Nicola
27/08/07
We have done some more research
Ellen
28/08/07
We have nearly finished our the answers to the questions.
We are doing all right.
Leon
29/08/07