I loved the cover of the February issue with the African children playing and pumping water (“Fighting Global Poverty: What Works,” by Stephen Smith). They looked so happy and well. I only wish their future lives will be that happy.
Elsewhere in the article was a section on the “Girls’ Dreams Program,” which gives girls a chance for self-expression. Here there is some hope. I have become convinced that many of the world’s poor lack dreams. While working with the poor in the United States, I came face to face with this poverty of dreams. Most of the young people I met had no great hopes or desires for the future. I feel less blame than sorrow; nobody has taught them to dream and hope. Without dreams, sometimes even outrageous ones, and hopes, sometimes impossible ones, people cannot break through the limitations placed on them.