One in five American children live in poverty. Around 20 Women a minute are physically abused by a partner, over 65% of minorities have experienced racism, one in every 30, will become homeless in the US. These statistics are shocking and are evident of a fractured system of capital greed over community welfare. Here at Newsum Foundation we focus our work in some of our nation’s most distressed and under-served communities, where poverty is high and opportunities are limited (as show below on the map of highest endemic areas of the United States). We also respond to specific-community problems that are driven by inequalities, such as opioid abuse, gender violence and poverty all which occur right here in the United States.
The Mission Statement of the Newsum Foundation is to:
“help vulnerable and marginalised groups in the United States of America to attain there fundamental human rights, through the provision of health, education, welfare and equality.”
Four Thematic Areas
Our four thematic areas, are inter-supportive pillars, through working on each we can ensure a transformational impact within the communities in which we work, helping not just to alleviate, but to end eliminate the structural barriers that have caused such inequalities to develop.
We have identified 4 main crisis areas facing America today:
Poverty is a complex problem. There are many aspects to it, and it has many causes. Across American 37.2 million people are defined as living in systematic poverty, food-insecure households and unable to support their and their families basic-necessities, trapping families in generational poverty unable to break the cycle.
Abuse of Women & children
More than 10 million women with 19% of all cases involving a weapon. At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year in the United States. This is likely an underestimate because many cases are unreported. In 2020, 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States. Children living in poverty experience more abuse and neglect.
Homelessness is a complex social issue exacerbated by a number of key factors, such as discrimination, stigmatisation, substance abuse and economic disparities. Living on the streets are especially vulnerable to victimization, exploitation, and the abuse of their civil and economic rights. The number of homeless people in America is increasing dramatically, with around half a million individuals living in a state of homelessness in 2022.
One of the most complex and polarising issues facing the U.S. is inequality. Currently 10% of Americans hold 70% of the wealth, with the bottom 50% owning less than 1.5% of the wealth. This social inequality gap has many interrelated effects on poverty, education, health and opportunities to seek rewarding employment. The inequalities seen in society today are for many structural reason such as lack of quality education, racial, cultural and gender-bias inequitable opportunities afford to the poor.
The Newsum Foundation goal is to “Empower, protect and unite communities to address local problems with local solutions. Through cooperative enterprise, provision of tools, facilities and opportunities those less fortunate, everyone can realise their full potential and become productive and contributing members of society”.
We will achieve this vision, through the development, testing and scaling of holistic and impactful programs to problems that are locally identified. We do not believe in a one-size-fits all approach to charity work, that is why we work through community leaders and development experts to create programs that the community need and will utilise, helping to create a transformational impact tailored to each person’s individual needs.
For example, two women facing domestic violence will have very different experience of the issue and therefore the solution. One may need family counselling, risk reduction and a gender based violence support group, whilst another may need legal intervention, safe housing/ shelter and rehabilitation to recover from the physical as well as mental trauma instilled.