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Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 Looks Possible in This Nifty Chart

Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030 Looks Possible  in This Nifty Chart | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Though population is spiking, poverty is declining.
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They screw plastic bottles to a piece of cardboard and hang it in the window. The air flows differently now.

They screw plastic bottles to a piece of cardboard and hang it in the window. The air flows differently now. | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Surviving the heat without using power
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Hindu View of Menstruation- II: Menstruation as Austerity and Self-purification | IndiaFacts

Hindu View of Menstruation- II: Menstruation as Austerity and Self-purification | IndiaFacts | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Second part of the series to present the Hindu view on menstruation.
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Orphans may be cute, but attachment problems are not.

Orphans may be cute, but attachment problems are not. | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
"When I first walked through the gates of the orphanage, a flood of
children ran to me - I stepped forward, my feet cascaded in the red
dirt, my arms open wide. I have never felt more loved or needed as I
did in that moment. This...this is where God wanted me. Each one of his
children clamoring for attention, for just an ounce of love. I saw them
with His eyes: pure and faultless. I held, loved on, kissed, and
laughed with them. These few short hours felt like a lifetime. My cup
is full and I am forever changed. These precious little ones, who laugh
in the face of much trial, who choose joy despite their circumstances,
inspire me - and should inspire us all.”



Sound a little too familiar? This vernacular has become the norm for
Christian missions, specifically regarding the orphan care field. The
reason we are able to hit the nail on head with Barbie Savior is because we
were her. Not in every sense - we did not have a pet lion and no we never
thought Africa was a country. However some posts hit a little too close to
home.

So many of us start out by volunteering in orphanages. We believe in the
biblical and humanitarian call to look after orphans. It starts with our
innate desire to do good, so how did we get it so wrong? How did the first
line of defense for orphan care become so harmful? When did we decide it
was the healthy, proper thing to do to visit orphanages and “experience”
the African orphan? This industry, "orphanage tourism”, is detrimental in
countless ways.

Children whom are in care have experienced the most traumatic separation:
the loss of a family. This is a loss they will carry the rest of their
lives. Further exposing these children to separation by allowing a rotating
door of volunteers can result in additional harm and unhealthy attachment.
When Barbie Savior walks into an orphanage, the children run into her arms.
How many of us have been there? It makes us feel loved and needed and like
our visit has a purpose. But do we stop and ask ourselves if this normal
behavior for children? If you walked into a daycare center back home would
the children run into your arms or would they be apprehensive about a
stranger in their midst?

Healthy children do not jump into a stranger’s arms. If we truly want
children in care to thrive, we must do better.

Unless you are willing to commit to the child you are holding, cuddling,
photographing, and forming attachments with for not mere hours or days -
but an entire lifetime - the best way you could truly love them is to not
visit in the first place. Children in orphanages are vulnerable and deserve
our utmost protection, sensitivity, and respect. They have already
experienced loss and abandonment, and to perpetuate this cycle by allowing
volunteers to come and go has been proven to be detrimental.

In any circumstance, the benefits of the volunteer do not outweigh the
harms of the child. To truly love these children is to advocate for them -
to fight for them to have a family, to have permanence. In Barbie Savior's
above narrative, she does not focus on the child's needs or experience. It
focuses on her experience of the child. She forgets that it is not normal
to hug strangers, to become attached so quickly. She does not realize that
this attachment is superficial. We are hard wired to nurture others. Our
nurturing desire to hold and care for these children often trumps the
logically side. We must have a paradigm shift, and begin putting children's
needs above our own desire to feel needed.

For these children do not need your arms to hold them for a few short
moments - they need the arms of a loving family, forever.


What you can do to help:

The “Stop Orphanage Volunteering” Blogging Blitz organized by Better
Volunteering Better Care. has been running throughout May, during the
run-up to International Children’s Day on 1st June. As well as the aim of
stopping orphanage volunteering the blitz wants to show that children
should not be treated as tourist attractions.  Please help spread the word
by sharing this and other articles from the campaign across social media
with the hashtag #stoporphantrips.

Sign the Avaaz petition

The petition is calling for travel operators to remove orphanage
volunteering placements from their websites by the next Responsible Tourism
day at World Travel Market in London in November 2016. To sign the petition
to put a stop to orphanage volunteering, click here.

To see more blog posts in this program, please search #stoporphantrips on
social media.

Better Volunteering Better Care is a cross-sector global working group made
up of individuals and organisations campaigning against international
volunteering in orphanages, and supporting responsible volunteering
alternatives. Throughout May, leading up to International Children’s Day on
June 1st, Better Volunteering Better Care members and bloggers from around
the world are working together to raise awareness of the problems
surrounding volunteering in orphanages, and calling on volunteer travel
providers to stop orphanage placements.   

To learn more about Better Volunteering Better Care, click here.
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Perspectives: One Orphan’s View of International Volunteers | GoAbroad.com

Perspectives: One Orphan’s View of International Volunteers | GoAbroad.com | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
We often hear about orphanage volunteering abroad from the volunteer’s perspective, but not often from the children’s. Read this man’s perspective.
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Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common

Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
There isn't a set recipe for raising successful kids, but psychology research points to a handful of factors that could help.
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How the Fitness Industry Gets Rich Doing Nothing

How the Fitness Industry Gets Rich Doing Nothing | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The fitness industry’s promises to melt fat, shrink thighs, and stop hunger are doing more harm than good.
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Why the poor pay more for toilet paper — and just about everything else

Why the poor pay more for toilet paper — and just about everything else | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The world is full of opportunities to save money — if you just have enough money to access them.
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Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought
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The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
If anyone can be called the boss in a world of modern, anti-hierarchical parenting, it’s the children.
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Turning Gravity Into Light - Smarter Every Day 146

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What our toothbrushes tell us about inequality

What our toothbrushes tell us about inequality | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Anna Rosling-Rönnlund collects photographs of everyday objects from the richest to the poorest households. Even a toothbrush, she says, can reveal a world of inequalities.
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Broken Printers and Plastic Buckets Are Providing Electricity to Vietnam’s Poor

Broken Printers and Plastic Buckets Are Providing Electricity to Vietnam’s Poor | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
And it’s beautiful.
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Hindu View of Menstruation- III: Menstruation as a period of Rest and Sacred Celebration | IndiaFacts

Hindu View of Menstruation- III: Menstruation as a period of Rest and Sacred Celebration | IndiaFacts | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Third part of the series to present the Hindu view on menstruation as a period of rest and sacred celebration.
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Hindu View of Menstruation- I: Menstruation as Ashaucha | IndiaFacts

Hindu View of Menstruation- I: Menstruation as Ashaucha | IndiaFacts | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
First part of a series to present the Hindu view on menstruation.
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Volunteering holidays for school children - Ethical Traveller

Volunteering holidays for school children - Ethical Traveller | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
I remember challenging a friend of mine when she put a post on Facebook a few years ago about how proud she was that her twin 16 year old boys were going to help build an orphanage in Uganda for … Continue reading →
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Why you shouldn't work more than 25 hours a week | smh.com.au

Why you shouldn't work more than 25 hours a week | smh.com.au | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Working long hours decreases cognitive function, a new survey has found.
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Widowhood hard to transcend in tradition-bound Nepal

Widowhood hard to transcend in tradition-bound Nepal | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Traditionally, widows can be shunned or deprived of basic rights in Nepal, consigned to a life of ritual mourning. But as more young men in Nepal die while working abroad, some of those restrictions are loosening.
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This Portable Shower Can Reuse the Same Water to Keep You Clean for Two Weeks

This Portable Shower Can Reuse the Same Water to Keep You Clean for Two Weeks | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
This could change camping (and maybe even the world).
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How kids are taught to devalue motherhood

How kids are taught to devalue motherhood | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
"'Why did you go to uni if you just stay at home?' It was an innocent and unexpected question to my friend from her six-year-old daughter."
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Why you should make knitting your next healthy habit

Why you should make knitting your next healthy habit | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The rewards of knitting go well beyond replacing stress and anxiety with the satisfaction of creation.
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The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about this celebrated supplement

The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about this celebrated supplement | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Vitamin D is often seen as a harmless supplement to take – the more the better. But the evidence suggests a different picture.
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Foreign Aid Needs To Help Them, Not Us

Foreign Aid Needs To Help Them, Not Us | Social Environment, Health and Wellbeing | Scoop.it
We need to be careful not to spruik loans schemes and other measures to increase economic activity if we are not also making the structural changes needed to make a real dent in poverty rates.
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