Introduction: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty (04:26)
Poverty is the root of many problems and seems impossible to fight. The series "A Path Appears" shows viewers how they can engage in the plight of others.
In "Half the Sky," Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof wrote about seemingly insurmountable world problems. In "A Path Appears," they wanted to show how people could make a difference, focusing on the issue of poverty.
Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia (02:45)
Jennifer Garner is originally from West Virginia. She tells Kristof that education was her mother's way out of poverty and serves as his guide to the issues contributing to poverty in the state.
Save the Children (02:46)
Coal used to be a primary source of employment in West Virginia, but the industry has gone downhill. Garner and Kristof meet up with Tonya Bonecutter, an early childhood coordinator with the nonprofit Save the Children.
Home Visitation: Truffles and Johnny (04:20)
Johnny has developmental delays. A doctor assured the parents that Johnny's hearing was fine, but Bonecutter recognized the signs and helped connect the family with resources. The family had to deal with his health amid issues characteristic of poverty.
Hurdles of Every Day (02:37)
Stress and uncertainty is involved with life in poverty. Sometimes it can seem insurmountable and people turn to drugs. Save the Children home visitors help people articulate what they want for their lives and figure out how to get there.
Home Visitation: Olivia, Lynn, Cynthia, and Pauline (04:29)
Cynthia was taken away from her mom when she was 7; she dropped out of school in 10th grade. She hopes her daughter will go to college. Lynn's adopted father molested her for years. She used drugs but stopped when she became pregnant.
Shopping for Food Using WIC (04:46)
By the end of the month, the family has little money for food. Like others in poverty, they face many obstacles to success. Garner and Lynn head to the supermarket, where Lynn uses WIC to buy food for her daughter.
Future for Poor Kids (02:17)
No one knows how Save the Kids will affect the kids it serves; the organization has only been working in West Virginia for 4 years. But services like these prevent joblessness, drug use, and sex trafficking down the road.
Poverty in Haiti (03:36)
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. It has a bad history with international aid and there is little or no middle class. Madame Rea Dol stresses the importance of Haitians helping themselves.
School for Poor Kids in Haiti (03:38)
Madame Rea began a school for poor kids; Haiti has no public school system. Almost none of her 800 students are able to pay, and she provides free meals for many. She overcame her own poverty and believes in the power of education.
Restavek: Child Trafficking (02:09)
Child trafficking is common in Haiti, particularly among poor, rural families with many children. Restavek children often do not go to school and are abused.
Escaping Restavek: Marilaine (03:07)
Marilaine is a 13-year-old restavek. She has been beaten and wants to escape her hosts. A Haitian advocacy organization works to find a way to remove her from the situation.
Complications of Helping One (05:30)
Madame Rea and workers from the Restavek Freedom Foundation try to formulate a plan to help Marilaine. Madame Rea worries that if she helps Marilaine escape, other restavek hosts and parents will stop sending their children to school. The next day, they help Marilaine slip away to safety.
Confrontation Over Marilaine (02:37)
When Marilaine does not return from school, her restavek host family arrives. The police ask the Restavek Freedom Foundation to bring Marilaine back. After interviewing everyone, they allow Marilaine to find her biological family in the country.
Searching for Home (04:06)
With the help of the police and the Restavek Freedom Foundation, Marilaine returns home. Though happy to see her, Marilaine's mother has no way to support her. Marilaine is forced to return to Port-au-Prince.
New Life in the Safe House (03:19)
Girls at the Restavek Freedom Foundation safe house welcome Marilaine to the family. All the girls have been where she is, and they support one another wholeheartedly.
Helping from the Outside (01:14)
Change happens in Haiti every day. The best way to help as an American is to support local efforts.
Teen Pregnancy (03:10)
Teenage pregnancy is a major contributing factor to poverty, trapping both mothers and children. It is an especially big problem in Cartagena, Colombia.
Slums and Sanitation (03:19)
In the slums of Cartagena, sanitation is nonexistent. Garbage is the only flooring and dirt water is everywhere. The team meets several girls who dropped out of school because they are pregnant.
Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation (02:42)
Catalina founded Juanfe to help teen mothers. She started with reducing infant mortality and then moved into counseling and job training to help girls become independent role models for other teenagers.
Candidate for Juanfe (03:30)
Damalise became a prostitute after hearing about the money from a friend and watching her mother's financial struggles. Now pregnant, Damalise is a candidate for Juanfe.
Social Entrepreneurship (02:58)
After Catalina's second child died in an accident, she decided to make sure she wasn't wasting her time or talents. She wanted to make a difference, so she began Juanfe.
Comprehensive Intervention (01:42)
The team talks about the expense of the Juanfe program, comparing it to more narrowly focused family planning efforts. Broad-based programs like this seem to have a greater long-term impact for participants.
Decision for Damalise (05:23)
Damalise's mother explains that she has no money to support her daughter's baby. Catalina invites Damalise to join the Juanfe program. Data shows that unmeasurables like hope make a big difference in overcoming poverty.
Next Episode of "A Path Appears" (01:45)
The next episode of will focus on domestic violence.
Credits: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty (01:18)
Credits: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
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