I am not taken aback that Pakistanis in Pakistan live in poverty. However it never occurred to me that Pakistanis in Hong Kong live in poverty too possibly because Hong Kong is known to be a country with a high standard of living, and a high rental cost. After reading this article, I further understood the difficulties the Pakistanis had to face when more than half of their people experience poverty. The ideas and information presented allows me to further discover that are cases of people in poverty in Hong Kong(which is a first/second world country)and it is not true that well developed countries will not have people living in poverty. To improve the current poverty in Hong Kong I suggest that the government could extend their help and support by providing and fufiling the needs of the Pakistanis who live in poverty. Also, there could be further assistance for example, assigning a government official to personally visit and talk to the Pakistanis, so that they will know how and what the government can do to help the Pakistanis come out of poverty. I wonder why does the Pakistanis bother to stay in Hong Kong when the standard of living is very high. Is it beacause of religious or birth reasons? Or any other reasons? If not, why do they not want to return back to Pakistan (where they have a lower standard of living) since they are Pakistanis? Also why are they not seeking assistance when the Hong Kong government could be their way to get out of the poverty line?
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Karena Kwong's insight:
Many know about the degree of poverty around the world and how many out there are not being able to meet their basic needs. I am aware that there are many agencies trying to extend help and support, by advertisements, word of mouth, donation etc. The ideas and information presented in the article serves as additional knowledge, a more in-depth information about the various means(promoting digital food, donations through online platforms and to raise awareness of the World Food Programme) of what agencies are doing now to further reach out to the needy. These are made possible due to the continuous development of technology. Therefore agencies are offering a more convenient way to help those in need. I wonder what could be a more effective way to bring out the message to help those in need. Possibly getting famous online personalities(bloggers) to be ambassadors to urge people to help the needy, or simple provide education to the needy through online platforms. As the saying goes" Education is the key to get out of poverty". However, I wonder whether people has the heart and passion to help the needy, or whether the needy themselves are willing and have the determination to receive education and whether there are enough resources provided to help one come out of the poverty line.
I did not know about the huge impact poverty can cause in a child's education. Before reading this article, I always believed that education is capable of bringing one out of poverty. I guess I was wrong. Education have the power to bring one out of poverty, but can also cause a child to not perform well in class due to the mental and emotional impact caused by poverty. The research and reports in this article further make me realise that there are negative consequences when a child suffering in poverty receives education. I thought of ideas for example to give counseling or motivational talks to children suffering in poverty, so that it can inspire them to think of life in a whole new perspective. Also, there could be additional support given by teachers (one to one teaching) so that the children can perform better despite their family background. The main objective is so that they can overcome their emotional and metal barrier. The challenges I faced is whether the help given by teachers or counselors are sufficient or whether a change is needed to improve on the education system (especially in America) so that every child has the same expectation and achievement they are to meet.
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