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Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! If you are poor and enjoying it, this might not apply to you. But if poverty is standing in your way, what I am about to share could change your fortune.

In simple terms, poverty is a condition whereby people's basic needs for food, clothing and shelter are not being met. The World Health Organization states that poverty is associated with the undermining of a range of key human attributes, including health. The poor are exposed to greater personal and environmental health risks, are less well-nourished, have less information, and are less able to access health care. They thus have a higher risk of illness and disability. Illness can reduce household savings, lower learning ability, reduce productivity, and diminish one's quality of life, thereby perpetuating or even increasing poverty.

But here's good news: there is hope/scope for the poor. The world is laced with millions of persons who grew up in poverty and now possess a super-abundance of everything. After satisfying all their needs for food, clothing, shelter, health care, education for their families and a sound financial future, there is still a lot to spare. They can travel the world, stop by the finest restaurants, concert halls or bookstore, and keep up with the latest fashion. In Jamaica, there are thousands of such persons, who have had their 'rags to riches' experience - but I'll call no names.

About five years ago, I had a conversation with two gentlemen from the streets. The gist of our talk was that by changing their attitude they could change their fortune. I asked them to start seeing themselves as useful contributors to the society. I also informed them that God created them in His image and he had a great plan for their lives. I also warned that if they did not take me seriously their lives would never improve. One took my advice, but the other 'bruk stick in him ears'. Now five years later, one drives a motor vehicle and is settled down with a family. The other is still on the street begging. Be the judge.

Now one may argue that their circumstances could be different and they should, therefore, not be judged by the same standards. Point. But don't you think that the other's life would experience some improvement had he changed his attitude?

When we lack a good attitude, our self-esteem suffers. This results in a sense of worthlessness, helplessness and hopelessness, thus making us feel inadequate and see no point in even trying - defeated even before beginning. When we have empowered ourselves with the right attitude, we will be better able to accomplish great things and even learn how to do the things we presently cannot. Accomplishing our goals and objectives becomes much easier!

Kindly help to change someone's fortune from the list above.

n To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR C/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; e-mail helloneighbour