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13 Ailments Caused by Lack of Water

13 Ailments Caused by Lack of Water | Poverty Assignment by Merissa Ong | Scoop.it
Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To them, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water.

Via Thomas Faltin, Jolyn Chia
Merissa Ong's insight:

In this article, it shows the importance of water. People living in poverty only treat this resource as something to get you across the desert.

One way we could all help them is by not wasting water. Turning off the tap when not in use is an example. 

Although poverty does not happen to me but we still need to spare a thought for the other people who are lacking in their daily needs. We should put ourselves in their shoes.

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Jolyn Chia's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:35 PM

From this article,i can see that people are lack of water supply. water is an important thing in our daily life. we cannot live without it. Many people suffer due to lack of water, as water are needed for growing crops ,bathing, cooking and stuff. People who live in the desert often face such problems and some even die from it. We should not waste water as it is important for survival. Without water, we cant do much things. Therefore,we can help save water by lessening our bathing time, remember to turn off the water when not in use. All this simple gestures can help, so do your part and save water. What if one day our water supply got cut off? how are we going to survive ? How are we suppose to keep ourselves clean? 

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Fuel Poverty Puts Children’s Health at Risk

Fuel Poverty Puts Children’s Health at Risk | Poverty Assignment by Merissa Ong | Scoop.it
And more than half of the five million families that are likely to turn their heating

Via britishroses, Dawn Choo
Merissa Ong's insight:

This article shows me that we should look out for each other,whether young or old. We should really think about what could happen if poverty hits us. It is really sad that some people have to take a  loan out the winter in order to help them with the costs of heating their homes.

I really hope the government would do somthing about it or maybe host a campaigne or create an awareness telling the public that people outside are still living like this.

What is poverty? It refers to the deprivation of basic human needs. Its really hurting to see people who are lacking of their daily needs. And not many people are willing to help them too.

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Jared Kwang's comment, January 27, 2014 11:28 PM
What Ka Yang said is true but what he is saying is barely scraping the surface of what poverty is truly about. The government should help out by giving out sweaters instead because if the government just helps out for that one year, then the same problem would just keep on repeating for the years to come. However if the government just gives the sweaters they may not need to help out with the problem of heating and they may be able to focus on other problems instead.
Chan Kai Yang's comment, January 27, 2014 11:35 PM
kaiyang* -.-
Sean Lim Lin Yuan's comment, January 28, 2014 10:45 PM
Wow this is a very useful piece of information but I have to comment on your post Kai Yang because this is supposed to be done for my English assignment. So I have no choice please bear with me for taking up this extra space on your post. Anyways, your post is very interesting and very informative, actually not really thinking through it some more.
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Once Financially Secure, a Mother Is Fighting a Life of Poverty

Once Financially Secure, a Mother Is Fighting a Life of Poverty | Poverty Assignment by Merissa Ong | Scoop.it
Josephine Wiles Warner’s cozy town house in Herndon, Va., is filled with the laughter of her four children—children she brought into her home when their natural parents could no longer care for them.

Via Skip Boykin
Merissa Ong's insight:

This article shows a family who struggled with paying their electricity and water bills on time,hence their lights and water are off.

I think the US government should keep a look out for these families although its a small percentage. They should give a time extention to these families as it is really hard on them to fork out so much money.

To these low income families,it is a really tough challenge to conquere and go through and others should give a thought about them.

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tham jing heng's curator insight, January 25, 2014 2:22 AM

after reading this article i think that it cost more to be poor than rich, as people living in poverty have to pay higher prices for food, financial services and other needs. and with higher prices and fewer healthy food choices it can lead to poor diet and health issues and creates higher cost for medical issues, which in turn causes more debt. 

 

Alothough she had 3 college degrees, she still can't find a work in her field. i also think that it is unfair as according to studies it affects African Americans at more than twice the rate of the americans. Which i think that the nation should offer more jobs to people like them 



Almash Mash's curator insight, January 25, 2014 11:42 PM

i'm extremely sad &

Almash Mash's curator insight, January 26, 2014 12:06 AM

I'm sure this woman is struggling & suffering .  However, this story leaves much to be desired.  There are some gaping holes in the story and then it seems like the writer is trying desperately to shift blame away from the woman's own decisions in creating her current situation.

I feel for this woman taking care of children who are not her own. It wasn't her complete fault.

i wish she will get fairness.