How poor people learn

Poor in a rich country

Germany is actually a rich country. But more than 15 percent of the Germans are considered poor. You don't have to sleep on the street or to starvelike many people in other regions of the world, but they do not have enough money for rent, clothing or food. Affected by the poverty are in Germany especiallysingle parent, Unemployed and pensioner. In recent years, pensioner poverty has risen particularly rapidly.

The Pastor Michael Mombartz knows the problem of poverty well. He has organized several for 20 years Panel in Cologne. At the beginning of Food distribution In 2004 only ten people came to the table in the Holweide district - today there are 120. “Poverty has been rising for many years. We come therefore With our offers hardly afterwards“Says Mombartz.

The pastor has volunteer Helpers who deliver the groceries to the Needy to distribute. They get their food from organizations that do everything in wholesale markets and in supermarkets collectwhat was not sold. It is not easy for many people in need to go to the chalkboard and receive help. “People always come with a big one at the beginning Shame come here and weep a lot too, ”says Mombartz.

The 75-year-old pensioner Siegrid Giga is happy that the Tafel exists. “Without the food distribution would have to I on A lot dispense", she says. Mombartz understands: “When I look primarily at the elderly, they partially have worked all their lives and then With a few hundred euros a month get along I think it's different in a country like Germany approach should, ”he says seriously.


poverty (f., singular only) the fact that people are poor

regarded as something to be seen as something

Aid organization, -en (f.) - an organization that helps people in need

Percent, -e (n.) - a part of a hundred

to starve - die of hunger

be affected by something - have a specific problem

especially - especially; mainly

Single parents (m./f.) - a person who brings up and cares for a child alone

Unemployed, -n (m./f.) - someone who doesn't have a job

Pensioners - someone who no longer has to work and receives financial support from the state because they have reached a certain age

Pastor / pastor - a person who leads a parish

Table, -n (f.) - an organization that provides poor people with food

Food distribution, -n (f.) - here: the action in which food is distributed

can hardly keep up with something - here: not being able to offer as much as is needed

unsalaried - voluntarily; without getting paid

Needy, -n (m./f.) - a person who is very poor and needs help from others

to collect something - bring many things together by collecting them

Shame (n., singular only) - the feeling that something is embarrassing to you

have to do without something - not having or being able to do something

partially - in some cases; partly

get along with something - here: to live from something; use something so that it is enough

to | go - be here; happen in a certain way

Questions about the text

1. Who is
Not particularly affected by poverty?
a) the elderly
b) a person with children and without a partner
c) the volunteers

2. What is the statement in the text?
a) The offer of the food banks was used more in the past.
b) In the past, the boards had more food to distribute.
c) The food banks are having difficulty supplying all who come today.

3. Michael Mombartz criticizes Germany for the fact that many older people ...
a) have to work well into old age.
b) not getting enough pension.
c) get more money than they need.

4. How can you replace the word “help” in the following sentence?Many people in Germany urgently need Help.
a) support
b) blackboard
c) Shame

5. How can one use the words "goes up" in the following sentence Not replace? “The number of poor goes up.“
a) increases
b) there is more
c) gets bigger

Work order
In Germany, many people often believe that pensioners are better off than the rest of the population, but poverty among pensioners has risen in recent years. What is the situation like in your country? How well are older people financially supported? Which groups are poor in your country? Discussed in the course.