Duvall Family Foundation

The Duvall Family Foundation wishes to memorialize Velma "Suzy" Keith Duvall,
who had a vision to feed all the starving children of the world!

WE PRAY for children
  who sneak popsicles before supper,
  who erase holes in math workbooks,
  who can never find their shoes.

And we pray, for those
  who stare at photographers
    from behind barbed wire,
  who can't bound down the street
    in a new pair of sneakers,
  who never "counted potatoes,"
  who are born in places where
    we wouldn't be caught dead,
  who never go to the circus,
  who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
  who bring us sticky kisses and
    fistfuls of dandelions,
  who sleep with the cat and
    bury goldfish,
  who hug us in a hurry and forget
    their lunch money,
  who squeeze toothpaste
    all over the sink,
  who slurp their soup.

And we pray for those
  who never get dessert
  who have no safe blanket to
    drag behind them,
  who watch their parents,
    watch them die,
  who can't find any bread to steal,
  who don't have any rooms to clean up,
  whose pictures aren't on
    anybody's dresser,
  whose monsters are real...

We pray for children
  who want to be carried
  and for those who must,
  for those we never give up on
  and for those who don't get a
    second chance.
  for those we smother...
  and for those who will grab the hand
    of anybody
  kind enough to offer it. Amen

By Ina J. Hughs
Our Purpose
  • Job-Related Education and Training
  • Tuition and Grants, especially Matching Grants
  • Approved technical, trade and instructional courses that provide for the
    applicant to advance in the workplace
  • NOTE: Donor Advisory Funds may only be disbursed to Non-Profit
The Truth About Poverty

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how
to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

The motto of Suzy Duvall (from Lao Tzu)

"U.S. workers must be better educated so they can find jobs
in an economy that is increasingly creating conceptual goods
rather than tangible products."

Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, 2-27-04
MUHAMMAD YUNUS, 67, an American-trained economist from Bangladesh,
won last year's Nobel Peace Prize for his revolutionary approach to ending
poverty. His concept of micro-loans--giving small sums to poor people to
start businesses--is being adopted around the world. We caught up with the
globe-trotting visionary:

You have said that "charity" is a bad word. Why?

YUNUS: "Charity is not a solution. Give a homeless man money, and he'll
eat for a day. But the next day,  he's back on the same track. We need a system
where he can earn his own food."

What is the biggest obstacle for the poor?

YUNUS: "Society has made the poor believe they're no good. But it's
the poor who work the hardest. They work their pants off but don't get

Why do you believe that people in poverty can become an economic

YUNUS: "Half of the globe subsists on $2 a day. Imagine if you could
create an income for them - if they bought one pair of shoes a year or one
shirt. You'd need 3 billion more shirts and shoes. More than that, we are
wasting their talents and creative genius. We don't even know what we've
Parade magazine, 11-25-07