Why Vulnerable Communities?
U4C specializes in serving people and communities who have suffered extreme, sustained and multigenerational poverty. The primary focus of our work is in isolated and remote communities which have little or no access to education, healthcare or economic opportunity. Our evidence-informed approach has evolved from being relevant only to socially vulnerable groups and communities located in underdeveloped countries to also being applicable to chronically vulnerable groups in developed urban communities.
Social vulnerability is defined as any single dimension of vulnerability to multiple stressors and shocks, including abuse, social exclusion, and natural hazards. Social vulnerability refers to the inability of people, organizations, and societies to withstand adverse impacts from multiple stressors to which they are exposed. The vulnerability is most often associated with poverty, but it can also arise when people are isolated, insecure and defenseless in the face of risk, shock or stress.
These groups are disadvantaged in ways that cause chronic, extreme poverty. These groups often experience discrimination, social exclusion, and injustice. These groups emerge as perpetual victims of their disabling circumstances.
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”