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Poverty and Water in Africa

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Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

Via waimoe
Merci Goh's insight:

Using The 4Cs routine. From this acticle I now know that having clean water is really important in our lifes. With the lack of clean water, you cannot grow food, you cannot stay healthy, you cannot stay in school and you cannot keep working. In Africa a lot of people get sick due to the lack of clean water. By collecting clean water, the United Nation's estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 BILLION HOURS per year just by collecting water.With much of one's day already consumed by meeting basic needs, there isn't time for much else. The hours lost by collecting water are often the difference between time to do a trade and earn a living and not. Just think of all the things you would miss if you had to take three hours out each day to get water. We can change by stop wasting water.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 2014 12:12 PM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:24 PM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.


I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.


I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.


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Poverty in Asia

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Poverty in Asia on Japan, South Korea, China, India and Cambodia, and poverty in South Asia (World Poverty | Poverty in Asia: a look at causes and solutions http://t.co/NRpYp7K7)...

Via Jocelyn Stoller
Merci Goh's insight:

Using the See Think Wonder routine. I can see that not only Africa has poverty but Asia countries have poverty also and majority of the worlds poorest people today are in Asia, mainly because it holds a majority of the world's population. Poverty in some Asian countries seems largely due to the pressure of excessive population growth on scarce resources and inadequate governments allowing strongly negative caste discrimination. We shold be lucky to be in a country like Singapore as we have good educations for us and good jobs for us to work.

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Bunaiya Zuhairin's comment, January 28, 2014 10:38 PM
Wealth are not distributed widely well around the world. Poverty in Asia are also caused by rising population growth and population growth can't be controlled..Food supply, safe water and good education are not sufficient in these poor countries.
Casey Tan's comment, January 28, 2014 10:40 PM
I totally agree with kai yang
Casey Tan's comment, January 28, 2014 10:40 PM
I totally agree with kai yang
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Youth, Poverty and Mental Health

The mental health issues people experience cannot be considered separately from areas of development such as education, emergency response, employment, and human rights.

Via Jane Young
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Using the See Think Wonder routine. From This Acticle I can see that the majority of people who exprience mental and psychosocial disabilities live in poverty. They also experience poor physical health and are subjected to human rights violations as well. I think that people who have mental health are mostly due to the way they are treated by society as a whole. People who experience mental and psychosocial disabilities also experience restrictions to their abilities to access needed health and social care. The majority of people with mental health disabilities face unreasonable barriers related to finding work or attending school. Due to these factors, people with mental health disabilities are far more likely to experience other forms of disabilities as well and premature death in comparison with the general population. I wonder why do this people with Mental disabilities have to be treated differently from the others, they do not want to have this disabilities too. But yet people still make fun of them.


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Noemi Arlante Intes's curator insight, February 1, 2013 2:24 AM

 

My insight using see-think-wonder method. What I have saw, and read about this article is in a sentence is that mental health, has a huge impact on their physical health and the same vice versa. There is also the mental health among children that also affects not only their health, but the access to education. What I think that this is horrible way to act towards the people who are suffering. Just so because they have depression, conduct disorder or any other kind of mental illness, they don’t deserve to be shunned out of health insurance. What I wonder about this article? Are the government or the people who are in higher statuses who have heard about this are going let this happen? Do they even appear to know? Why are they restricting people who have mental health? Are they even doing anything at all? 

Mohamed Ridhwaan's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:00 PM

This is my third insigth on Poverty, eloaborating more on Health. Prophet Muhammad once said that we should take advantage of 4 things in our lives: Wealth before Poverty, Good Health before Sickness, Youth Before Old and Free Time before we are Busy. For now, I will take more about the ' Good Helath before Sickness' point. Why is it considered a advantage? Something we should all think about. For example, imagine you are bed-ridden and you have Final-Year Examintion on that day itself. How would you do the important papers? If you were mentally and physically fit, you could have done the paper because of your perfect health condition. So in short, if we have good health, there is a possibility that we could do anything. 

Daryl Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:36 AM

From the article, we can conclude that poverty and the state of one's mental and physical health are closely linked. Without question, the majority of people who experience mental and psychosocial disabilities live in poverty. They also face unreasonable barriers related to finding work or attending school. Due to these factors, they are far more likely to experience other health issues and premature death in comparison with the general population. I like that the writer gives good suggestions on how to improve outcomes for people with mental and psychosocial disabilities, and strategies to enhance the mental health of these young people.

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Poverty and Water in Africa

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Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

Via waimoe
Merci Goh's insight:

Using The 4Cs routine. From this acticle I now know that having clean water is really important in our lifes. With the lack of clean water, you cannot grow food, you cannot stay healthy, you cannot stay in school and you cannot keep working. In Africa a lot of people get sick due to the lack of clean water. By collecting clean water, the United Nation's estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 BILLION HOURS per year just by collecting water.With much of one's day already consumed by meeting basic needs, there isn't time for much else. The hours lost by collecting water are often the difference between time to do a trade and earn a living and not. Just think of all the things you would miss if you had to take three hours out each day to get water. We can change by stop wasting water.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 2014 12:12 PM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:24 PM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.


I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.


I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.


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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assignment By Merci Goh | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

Via Laurent J.V. Dubois
Merci Goh's insight:

Using the See Think Wonder routine. From this Acticle I can see the Education is link to Poverty. Without Education we will not have the knowledge and without education knowledge we will not have jobs to help us earn money to make a living. People who does not have educations will not have jobs and will not have earning which leads to poverty. Families without Education will not be able to take care of thier children and they will get sick and may lead to death. I wonder why people don't feel thankful for having education, other people who wants education does not even get to have.

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Shameerza's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:04 AM

Using see-think-wonder, i can see that poverty is pretty linked to education. I mean like without education, you can't find a stable job therefore no income and by no income, there's nothing you can buy to feed yourself. Also in some poorer countries, some are uneducated and didn't know about any methods to prevent more births.Therefore it's overpopulated in many poor countries such as Africa. I think that education is important to everyone, it's a need to acquire knowledge and use it for good use.

Jueniewann SpotOn Sniper's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:07 AM

well through this article, people have been educated. they might have been taught of the problem of poverty. thus they might be able to play a role in helping the problem. another thing is that through education, they are able to find jobs more easily. they will also be able to feed their own family. so the more people get jobs, the lesser people will turn to poverty. thus through education, the problem of poverty might just be lessen down!

Mina Macy Markovic's curator insight, February 24, 2014 5:12 PM

In today's world, a college degree is something that is very important to have in order to have an good and stabled employment. The challenge for the people in poverty is the high expenses for college. This is increasingly beyond the reach for millions of youths and their families in not just to people who are in poverty but to even families who are in middle class economically. I think that this article is interesting as it tells us the problem with the educational system in our current generation, and also telling us the good solution to giving students from a low income family a chance to prove their worth and have a bright future. All this could start in high school by preparing them the best they can in order for the students to attend college. 

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We need a recipe to solve food poverty - Spectator Blogs

We need a recipe to solve food poverty - Spectator Blogs | Poverty Assignment By Merci Goh | Scoop.it

Via BendyGirl
Merci Goh's insight:

Using the See Think Wonder routine. We all know that food prices are all rising up, and I can see that many people are not able to effort it. But food is important for our lifes as we need it for energy to do any work. I can also see that parenrts are starting to skip meals just to unsure that their children are not going to school hungry. I think that the parents are not doing right by skipping meals as they may get weak and sick that they can't take care of their children. I wonder if the government will help this people and stop it by stoping the increase of food prices. Will this people be willing to ask the government for help? Will the government help them? With food prices only going in one direction – up – we need skills, Government commitment, and industry will-power to ensure food-banks do not become mainstream or a reality of economic austerity. 

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yee melissa's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:14 AM

I  have always noticed food pricing is always increasing. Food and water is the most basic thing in life. But how are we going to survive when food pricing is going up and up without our salary going up too? Thus more and more families are unable to put food on the table. Potatoes, one of the cheapest things with nutritional values, have risen up by 116 cents. Which is a lot. By doing these how can families continue to feed their families? How are they going to afford food when food pricing is increasing and increasing? Thus all these make the parents starve themselves and allow to children to eat without them going hungry in school. I think this is wrong because by doing this, they are going to fall sick and by falling sick they are unable to take care of their childrens. Which is causing more problems. There is families with insufficient food to feed their families around us and wants us to be more aware and to raise awareness. I will stop wasting food and only buying the right amount of food as buying more than enough food the food left aside for next time to cook will go bad. It is also to save money. I will treasure and count it as a blessing if i see food on the table and not to whine when i do not like the dish. I will treasure what i have. Can the Food Industry lower the price of the food and not increase it? It will really help alot of people by doing so.

Ku Wai Sze's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:47 AM

I was extremely shocked when I read this article. I never thought that parents have to resort to starving themselves in order to allow their child to have food to bring to school as lunch!

 

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What I care about is my family and their welfare. I know that the food prices are rising and I have to think of a way to keep my family from being affected as much as possible. So what should I do? I save up money and provide for them while I don't eat that much myself. I cannot believe that something as bad and ridiculous as this would ever happen, especially in this time and era, but this is life now. Driven by profit for oneself and not caring about others anymore. This is the life that we live in, where people take things for granted and not look on the other side of things, the side where people who struggle to even have a proper meal, people like us do exist.

Swee Khim's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:24 AM

I knew that poverty is the condition where food is scarce and many people can suffer from malnutrition and die from starvation.

 Food is a basic need for everyone. 

I think that I need to change my habit of being choosy in the food I eat after looking at how many unfortunate are struggling to have a proper meal.  

I feel that we need a recipe to avert food poverty in a country.  The government should take more actions to help improve the economy such as increasing the employment rate and encourage citizens to be self-reliant.