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Rags to riches - Fiji Times

Rags to riches - Fiji Times | Poverty Assignment by _ Evelyn Koh | Scoop.it
Rags to riches
Fiji Times
Rags to riches. Margaret Wise Friday, June 21, 2013. Cool runnings ... Pedro Virgil never forgets his humble beginning as he enjoys life + Enlarge this image. Cool runnings ...

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WeiJun's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:33 AM

A SAVUSAVU-born international photographer is now a household name in the fashion world having successfully completed a stint as a judge and lead photographer on the reality show, Caribbean's Next Top Model.

But Pedro Virgil, 40, whose personal portrait belies the face of someone who "comes from the bush", says he will never forget his formative years where life was lived without electricity, and studying at night was accomplished using candles and kerosene lamps.

His mother, Sikiti Lum, is from Namuka-i-Lau while father Charles Wakeham is from Savusavu. This shows that nothing is impossible if he can start from being very poor and not known to being very wealthy and famous.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:21 AM

From this article, i can see that Pedro Virgil who is a SAVUSAVU-born has become a international photographer despite all the challenges he faced when he was young such as studying at night with candles as his house did not have electricity. I think that we should be more appreciative for the things that we have now, as everything is provided by our parents now. I wonder where did he get his motivation from and also what did he do when he was not motivated.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:55 AM
After reading this article , i have finally understand what the true meaning of 'nothing is impossible' is. Its not an easy task to become successful , it takes years of work , blood and tears to finally succeed in what you hope for and dream for. However , becoming successful isn't any easier to people born in wealthier and better to do families. To succeed , you must work hard and prove to the whole world that you're capable of succeeding. To me , i do believe that everyone has the capability to succeed , its only based on yourself. If you preserve on or fall into the temptations along the way or even giving up at the start , feeling insecure that you'll never do anything right. Well , to succeed , you first have to have confidence and fate in yourself that you can do it no matter what happens. Not forgetting that your will has to be strong as the road to success is never easy , its based on how you see it. You may think people succeed easily but only when you're the one fighting for success then you'll know how tough it is. All these are found in Pedro Virgil , he's a success. He wasn't born from a wealthy family nor was he lucky to be popular in school. However all those didn't matter , he did it. He persevered since young and had knew what he wanted since young therefore he aimed for it and continue work on it till he is now. As we all know , now he's a well known international photographer and thats he's result of working hard. From his case story , we are able to know that as long as we work hard for something , someday it'll come true.
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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 _ Evelyn Koh | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

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Evelynkoh's insight:

Poverty and Education. How does it link?


Well, education is so called the most important stage of everyone’s life now. Building ones character, attitude starts young. After that when kids starts studying, grades start to come in, parents worry for their kids, whether they can get into a good school, comparing their child’s grades with another. This is because now the unemployment rates are increase and what will we become if we cant get a job? We wont have money to pay the bills not even money to get food for ourselves. However, nowadays, even some graduates cant get jobs. Why? Every boss would want the best for their company. They would see your certificates, grades then see if you have gotten any NYAA awards, if your attitude was good and is still good. All these factors determine what kind of job you’ll get thus nowadays, education starts the minute you’re born or even earlier. Letting you start school earlier, attending tuitions even before you enter primary school, parents nowadays do everything they can to ensure that their child is one of the top few in class, in the school, in the nation. All that they hope is the best for their kids. However, there’s also a group of children who are unable to attend school due to their family’s financial condition that’s why I am really happy to know that actually SRA helps people like them. As a student, I really hope more people will stand out and help those who cant afford to attend school. Cause if we think about it, these are the kids who really will appreciate the opportunity and study hard as they want to improve their living condition. So why don’t we help them while we can?

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.


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Aghbalou: Water and Poverty in the Moroccan Desert | The Platform

Aghbalou: Water and Poverty in the Moroccan Desert | The Platform | Poverty Assignment by _ Evelyn Koh | Scoop.it
The Platform / In Aghbalou: The Source of Water, Director Remigiusz Sowa explores the most unlikely and perilous of friendships, water and the desert (#CEP researcher John has been involved with production of Aghbalou: film about water &poverty...

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Evelynkoh's insight:

From this article, I learnt that water is something many need but don’t have.


As we all know, water is a essential factor for many things that we do, cooking, farming, bathing and even the most common thing we do quench our thirst. However, everyday, day in day out when we use water, have we ever thought about people who needs them more than us but couldn’t afford it? Water to us, people leaving in the city, in a sense has no meaning to us anymore. Its as if its of course for us to have water that we don’t treasure it anymore. Wasting that few drips of water seemed so normal that we wouldn’t even care to turn off the shower when we are scrubbing our hair or even to turn off the tap when we’re spraying soap to the plates that we’re about to wash. However, have we ever though about where that few drips of water will go to? No. No one even cares about them anymore but the people living in Moroccan Desert do. Everyday they would hope their drought can be improved hence they could start to grow crops as their living again and that they’ll have enough water to survive on. Sometimes I do wonder, how do they survive living with such hot and harsh living conditions when all of us living in the city can’t survive without a fan. However, after reading this article, I really pray for them from my bottom of my heart that their living condition will improve tremendously and that they can have a chance to live in the cities like everybody else.

Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:22 AM

From this article we can see that the people are lack of water supply due to climate change, population growth and poverty. We all know the water is an essential tool in our lives for survival, without water we cannot live. There are many purposes of water, for drinking purposes, cooking, bathing, washing and growing crops. The people living in the Moroccan Desert have been sustaining water through an advanced medieval system of lengthy underground tunnels, known as khettara that channel groundwater to the plots. Now the system have been augmented by the rumbe of water pumps and black plastic webs of drip systems and problems rises. I wonder how the people living in the desert are going to survive without water supply to  quench their thirst and grow crops to feed their kids?

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:24 AM

I can see from the trailer of the video that the Moroccan Desert might no longer be able to cultivate crops for the people to eat. Water is scarce and from the pictures of the dried up ground, I can see that droughts often occur. With the increasing temperature all around the world with extreme weather patterns occurring, the land might soon be too dry to cultivate any further. This film about the relation of poverty and water allows viewers to understand the situation that these people are facing. By exploring this situation in details, I think that the director hopes to bring across the message that we should try our best to save as much water as possible. However, if the day when the land becomes unsuitable for planting, how will the people survive as water is essential to survive? Will they adapt new plantation method?

Jacob Ng's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:34 AM

From this article, we can clearly see that the Moroccan Desert has a lack of water due to various problems that they faced.Like for example the Khettaras , where there go to get their supply of water is slowly drying up due to problems like climate change, population growth and conflicts of rights etc.Water is an essential need in our daily lives, we need it for hydrating purposes and as well as planting crops.With all these problems cloggin up their essential needs in life, how are they gonna live on their everyday.Thus, despite all these hardship it hink that these people have a strong will in living on no matter what comes their way.

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Asian women workers risk "persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation"

Asian women workers risk "persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation" | Poverty Assignment by _ Evelyn Koh | Scoop.it

BANGKOK (TrustLaw) – Women workers in Asia face the risk of “persistent vulnerability, poverty and exploitation” despite a recovering economy and their huge potential due to prejudice, according to a report by the International Labour Organisation and Asian Development Bank. A large majority of women here are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulnerable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection and at the lowest rung of the global supply chain, it said. While progress has been made in past decades addressing gender inequalities, “discrimination against women remains pervasive throughout the labour markets of the region,” Women and labour markets in Asia: Rebalancing Gender Equality said. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women’s limited access to employment opportunities and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education.
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Evelynkoh's insight:

When can everyone stop being bias to boys than girls?


Even while working, why does males have much higher pays than woman? Espeically in asia, woman are always treated so differently from man. Why is that so? Why is everyone still stereotyping that woman should stay at home and not work. So why are woman still earning lesser than man? Why are woman still the ones suffering more? Why are there more opportunities for man than woman? Is this what we call a fair society? Why is woman always second with man forever leading? Why is everyone stereotyping? Why can’t woman be treated the same way as man? Is there a rule which states not to? No there isn’t so why is everyone bias to man? I wonder if there’s a way to create awareness to tell everyone that actually woman has the same abilities as man and that they could do what man can and should be treated the same way. 

Tan Jun Wei's curator insight, February 3, 2013 1:28 PM

This is my insight using one of the thinking methods. As stated in the article, a large majority of women are stuck in lower-end, lower-pay jobs in vulenrable, informal and insecure sectors with little social protection. According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is losing $24 billion to $47 billion annually because of women's limited access to employment opportunites and another $16 billion to $30 billion as a result of gender gaps in education. I think that both males and females should be treated equally the same with the same job opportunites and also recieving proper education as both males and females ara humans too and therefore we need to have the same job opportunies and recieve proper education so that we can earn enough money for ourselves and family and also to help out with the growth of the country. I wonder if the government or any other organisations will help out by setting up campaigns to support the idea of both males and females to have equal rights.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:58 AM

Although the poverty gender gap is higher than any other developed country, the “feminization of poverty” is a global problem. This is not because women do less work. Quite the opposite: Women produce half of the world’s food and by some estimates work two-thirds of the world’s working hours. Women and men did different work based on the demands of childbearing and the community’s reproduction, but all people were valued for their contributions to the survival of their society. Women were held in the highest esteem. Once society separated into social classes, however, women were pushed into a subordinate role. Men dominated private property and its inheritances from generation to generation. Women became the property of their fathers and husbands in the same way that slaves were the property of their owners. Women, both enslaved and free, were largely without independent property and legal rights. Under feudalism, the product of their labours, both in the home and outside of it, was controlled by the men.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:09 AM

This article depicts the inequality of the priviledges of the females and the males. The males are seen as superior, having a more stable job than the females, who were given a lesser paying job. However, gender discrimination is not something that can be easily passed off as both genders contribute an equal amount of hard work, except that they contribute to different categories in the industry, based on their strengths. I think that females should also be given a chance to have a proper job, especially females who have a family to support. There might be females that are able to do a better job than the males in that particular job. Will this kind of gender discrimination continue to affect the poverty of those families?

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment by _ Evelyn Koh | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

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Evelynkoh's insight:

Who would have thought that Poverty and Mental health could be linked together.


What cause people to go insane. Have we once thought about that? No unless someone related to us happen to go insane suddenly. However if you give it a thought, actually everyone has a risk of going insane. Everyone has something to worry about. Students worry about their grades, adults worry about the bills and whether their job is stable. However why do they say people who are poor has a much higher chance of getting insane? This is because, they’re all financially tight and can’t afford many things that we can. They worry about where they would be sleeping at everyday and what to do to get food. Those who are poor also usually suffer from malnutrition thus they’ll get weaker day by day, physically and mentally. This will increase their chances of getting insane as they won’t even have the energy nor willpower to continue surviving as a normal person anymore. To me, I wonder, every single day, no matter where we go, we’ll see volunteers asking for donations, but how often will we donate? Worst still, those old folks who sit there with a tin in front of them, they’re not doing that for fun, they’re trying to make a living. They’re all too old to work anymore and even if they could who would employ them? The old folks who are often seen begging on the streets are usually sick too, hunching their backs, selling tissues or even like the old uncle who’s wheelchair bounded that I pass by everyday at the mrt station. Hundred and thousands of people can pass by them everyday but how many will take notice of them and donate? Now come to think of it, I wonder, how long more can they hold before they collapse? Can they even wait till someone lend them a helping hand? My question is, why don’t we help those that we could first before they breakdown and go insane? Would we want more mental hospitals and beggars in our country or more housing estates? Why can’t we lend our helping hand to whoever we can? Is it that hard to donate a few dollars to a old lady or uncle? Just think, we can afford to buy presents for our grandparents, we treat our own grandparents but what about those out there? That are as old and weak as our grandparents? Shouldn’t we spread the love and joy with them too?

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise

UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise | Poverty Assignment by _ Evelyn Koh | Scoop.it

Annual food survey shows that households are ditching fresh, healthy foods and 'trading down' to counter rising prices

The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years.

In order to cut costs since 2007, UK households have bought less bread, lamb, beef, fish, fruit, vegetables, potatoes and alcoholic drinks – but more bacon.

The government's annual Family Food survey, which provides the most detailed annual snapshot of food and drink spending and consumption, found that weekly spending per person on all household food in 2011 was £27.99, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. But because of price rises, that bought less food - 4.2% less in 2011 than in 2007.

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Evelynkoh's insight:

From this article, I can clearly see the connection between Poverty and Food Prices. From this article, I have also learnt not to waste food and to cherish what I have now.


Bacon. Have we ever thought of having that daily for all of our 3 meals? No. Why? This is because most of us are able to afford better food choices thus no one would have thought that bacon which we only see in breakfast and B.L.T burgers was actually becoming someone else’s daily meal.


As the food prices continue to increase, more and more people can’t afford to get the food items, that provide them with nutrition. They can’t even afford the basic necessaries, fruits and vegetables, which is what everyone needs to consume twice a day.


Although it isn’t anyone’s fault causing the food prices to increase but isn’t there any way to help these people? Isn’t doing something to help them better than watching them suffer from malnutrition and die? After knowing about the condition people are living with in the other side of the world, would we still waste food? 

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:39 AM

Some countries with poverty benefitted from a tropical climate with lush vegetation and a diverse range of crops that grow all year round. This highlights just how important agriculture is to reducing poverty in some countries. As those who have poverty will have the vegetation and crops that they got and they can eat without searching for any vegetation and crops desperately. So the lesser the vegetation and crops import from other countries, the higher the price it can be.  The country should be part of the biggest exporters of a variety of products, and a much larger proportion of peoples should reap the fruits of this trade. In general, whenever the country experiences periods of economic growth, they match improvements in agriculture. It provides tons of food, jobs, raw material for other sectors (e.g. cattle) and higher income. Even today as the service sector is taking off; agriculture remains an important aspect in the country’s economy. Several studies confirmed what was obvious to everyone: people with larger farm land, those with access to loans or production assets, as well as people closer to local markets all showed much lower poverty rates than the rest. Integrating thousands of households into local markets and teaching more advanced agricultural techniques are also essential aspects to reducing poverty in some countries. In many ways this implies more government intervention, at least to invest in basic infrastructure such as roads and cheap public transportation so that people are given the opportunity to go to town and sell their crops.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:45 AM

Nutrients are important, especially important for children when they need the nutrients to grow. Without these nutrients, people might have deficiency diseases due to lack of nutrients or obesity due to consuming junk food and sugary drinks. I think that household markets should have an affordable prices for average household families to buy their essential daily needs. If the prices of the products are continuously increasing, I doubt that any of the families will be able to afford it and both the families and the supermarket will suffer. In my opinion, I think that the government should manage the rising prices of products in the supermarket, instead of helping out the families with financial difficulties as a larger number of people will benefit.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 1:04 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that many people are starting to not consume or buy fruits and vegetables, because they are increasing in price and instead bought quite unhealthy food. I believe this is because if the lack of harvest, thus the markets are selling things at a higher price.

It makes me think of the other countires which have fuits and vegetables of the same pricing as usual, why do people still not want to buy them? They know that fruits and vegetables are healthy for them. This also brings back to the point where the lack of money does not let one eat well and healthily.

I wonder if the country can import more fuirts and vegetables from other countires so that they have more to sell, and that they would not have to increase the price of the things which they are selling.