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From rags to riches: Singapore’s success stories | Five Stars And a Moon

From rags to riches: Singapore’s success stories | Five Stars And a Moon | Poverty Assignment by_Ng Xin Rong | Scoop.it
Who are some of Singapore’s most successful business executives? How did they grow their businesses from their humble beginnings?

Via NeoJiaLing, Zeke Chew, Lee Li Ying
Xin Rong's insight:

After reading this article, i can see that success does not come easily. Many say they want to achieve success but more often than not, these people do not make it. Sure, these people might not have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths and have nonetheless achieved success today. Success is not only limited to those who come from good backgrounds but also to those of humble beginnings. These people in this article, despite coming humble beginnings, managed to achieve success. Their coming from humble beginnings did not make them feel weak in front of their peers but made them stronger and more determined with their knowledge of hardship. Another thing that is important to succeed is the willingness to take risks. For example, the founder of Hyflux and the founder of the Neo group, both invested money in their businesses without thinking that the money may not be returned to them. It is this willingness in them that allowed them to become what they are today. I believe that anyone can achieve success if they believed that they can do it. It is not a fight of whether being born with a silver spoon in one's mouth or not but a fight of patience and determination. Sure, the people who are richer may have better education - more enrichment class as they are able to afford it but that does not mean they do not have to work hard in order to succeed. For success to happen, hard work is definitely needed as it is with the courage to take risks.

 

What I wonder:

 

- Have people who said that they are failures without having done anything ever tried to think that if they worked harder they may not be failures but successes after all?

 

- Do people that gave up after doing a for something lot ask themselves if they may have made a mistake somewhere and correct that mistake or whether are they doing their dreams and what they have spent a lot of effort and time a deed by giving up and not persevering on?

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Seah Jun Hao Reynard's curator insight, July 1, 2013 10:12 AM

I see that their hard work and perseverance has paid off. I think they have worked very hard and went through many obstacles to become successful. I wonder if everyone was like that, would becoming successful be 'successful'?

Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:43 PM

After reading this article, I know that it is not easy to achieve success. The people in this article came from different backgrounds but they all faced setbacks in order to become successful. Although they struggled, these businessmen and businesswomen were able to achieve success through their determination as well as their willingness to sacrifice. Many of them took up several jobs to pay for their education fees. They were humble and had the courage to take risks. Through their hard work and effort, they eventually became successful. I think that if you want to be successful in life, you must have the determination to achieve your goal and believe that you are able to survive through the obstacles faced in the process. These people serve as my role model as they are local and they inspire me to work harder in everything I do. I wonder if they ever had the thought of giving up at the most difficult times in their lives.

ETD's curator insight, February 17, 2014 3:13 AM

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The nutrition puzzle

The nutrition puzzle | Poverty Assignment by_Ng Xin Rong | Scoop.it
IN ELDORADO, one of São Paulo’s poorest and most misleadingly named favelas, some eight-year-old boys are playing football on a patch of ground once better known for drug gangs and hunger.

Via Flora Moon
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Food as the main source of nutrition for all humans is very important. From this article i can see that many around the world are suffering from malnutrition. The reason for this is that many who are in poverty are unable to afford food for themselves. Many children only get food when they go school if they do no go to school they do not get any food to eat and starve. On the contrary, those who are rich are able to afford expensive food and also nourishments for themselves. These who are poor many eat scraps of food from leftovers, not knowing whether the food is edible or not. As more and more people are going in to poverty and those in poverty are going deeper, the purchasing power that these people hold decreases and hence prices of food rises resulting in these poorer people being unable to buy food. These are the reasons why i think poverty is linked to food. Also, a good thing to know is that there are those out there who are offering help to these people, helping them to cut hunger.

 

Lastly, I have been wondering :

1) Is there anything we as students can do to help?

2) Why is the diet of the family set by the mother-in-laws rather than the children's mother?

3) Why couldn't neighboring richer countries try to help poorer countries such as this?

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Tammy Sim's curator insight, February 1, 2013 5:45 AM

Food, defined as any nutritious substance that any people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain plant and growth, plays a significant role in our lives. Through this article, I now know that many people in this world suffer from malnutrition.This is mainly due to the fact that these people are unable to afford food for themselves. Most of the time, children live on empty stomachs. Only during some ocassions do they receive food from their teachers when they go to school. Adversely, the rich are able to afford expensive and nutritonal food for themselves. As the number of people entering the poverty state increases, the number of people who can afford food decreases. This results in people being unable to obtain food for their consumption. Hence, no matter how i perceive this situation, I still feel that poverty to a large extent, linked to food. Nonetheless, it is heartening to see people from other countries, reaching out to these people by helping them to face this situation of poverty.

 

I wonder:

 

1. How can i contribute to help these poor people?

 

2. What right do mother-in-laws have to decide the children's diet?

 

3. Shouldn't mothers be the ones who make this decision since they know their children the best?

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_Ng Xin Rong | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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Seeing this article I saw how hard people's lives were, not having clean water to consume. We Singaporeans on the contrary, waste processed clean water even when these people who would, in our position be very happy as they would get to enjoy clean water. Water plays a vital role in our lives. Water is needed to keep us alive as well as hydrated. Without it, we would not be able to live as 70% of our body is filled with water. This article allows me to understand that water plays an important part in the lives of these people who are in poverty. Water is linked to poverty as without this clean water, the children would fall sick right after drinking the dirty water. Having good health would ensure that these children are able to go to school to receive education and in the future be able to support themselves. It is also essential to have clean water as if there is no clean water near by the children would have to go very far just to get water and end up stopping short on receiving education. When these children or adults fall sick they not only have to go very far for the hospitals but also spend the little money them have on treatment. As read in the article, a family, after receiving some help were able to find clean water and because the water is clean, and they do not have to go far for water. As such, there was time to grow plants to sell and increase the income of the household thus slowly getting out of poverty. This hence show how water is realted to poverty and many other things such as education. Reading this, i wonder, does the government know what is happening or is it oblivious to what is happening?  Although i understand that the government have many things to take care of especially in developing countries such as Africa, i cannot help but wonder isn't the government supposed to look after the welfare of the people even if they have a lot of things to do, i feel that why couldn't they offer a little help to these people?  In conclusion i think that this article tell one that one should all the more try to save water.

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out

 

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..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::..

..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::.. | Poverty Assignment by_Ng Xin Rong | Scoop.it
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Reading this article, i can see how widespread poverty is around Asia. Many live with less than a dollar a day. I was shocked that there are families whose circumstances is decided by religion. The caste system that has long been outdated is still used in India to determine whether the family stays poor in that caste as their parents were or moving up. Suprisingly this actually helped to reduce poverty. I think that being poor in such countries is not what they desire but was already in place. there are many of these people in Asia that live on scraps of food. As these children are not educated, hence they do not know what is right and what is wrong. Futhermore, if their parents are no educated the parents all the more do not know what to tell the children and hence it affects how the children see life as. There is no one to stress to the children of being able to escape poverty if they are educated. Seeing this makes make feel glad for what I have. I sympathise with them for their situation. I have learnt from this article that many things play a part in determining whether the family is poor or not.

 

I wonder:

 

1) this is something so widespread, how can the government not know about this and try to alleviate this situation?

 

2) Why doesn't anyone stress to them the importance of being educated and that it could get them out of poverty?

 

3) Why does the government act like by-standers watching the caste system put in place as being the determining factor of poverty of the peopleand not doing anything?

 

 

 

 

 

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, January 31, 2013 9:24 PM

This article on the website tells us that many people in Asia are living in poverty with nearly half of Asian kids.  They are all deprived of food, safe drinking water, shelter, health and education. People in India should fight for their living rights and not follow the caste system placed for them, for it is an unfair classification to people in India. Everyone should have a right to fight for what they need and apply for jobs so as to earn money for a living.

Tammy Sim's curator insight, February 1, 2013 5:13 AM

This article tells me how dominant poverty is among people living in Asia. Countless people survive on less than a dollar a day. It was apalling to hear about individuals whose plights are dependent on their religions. Although the caste system is now anachronous, it is admittingly used in India to dictate a family's precedence. Emphatically, this aids in improving the poverty situation in these countries. I feel that poverty in such countries is certainly not one's desire but one's fate. Hence, living on scraps of food is inevitable. Being uneducated, they lack the knowledge of telling the difference between the good and the bad. Hence, they are unable to see the need in studying hard, breaking free from poverty and striving for a better future. This makes me feel extremely contented and blessed for all that i possess.

 

I wonder:

 

1. Why is the government not taking any measures to mitigate this situation?

 

2. Shouldn't people from richer countries come to these countries and advocate the importance of education to children so as to enable them to break free from poverty?

 

3. Why do these people accept their fate just like that? Why don't they find means to seek help from the higher authorities?

Theodore Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:59 AM

This article on the website tells us that many people in Asia are living in poverty with nearly half of Asian kids.  They are all deprived of food, clean drinking water, shelter, health and education. People in India should fight for their living rights and not follow the caste system placed for them, for it is an unfair classification to people in India. Everyone should have their rights to fight for what they need and apply for jobs so that they can earn money for a living.

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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_Ng Xin Rong | 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,

Via britishroses
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Health is something that is important to all of us as human beings. Being healthy allows us to live a longer life. From this article I am able to see that poverty is linked to health issues a person may have. I originally thought that poverty is linked to physical health but was shocked upon reading this article that it was linked to metal health too. I know for people who are in poverty, being poor is not what they want but it was inevitable for them. They either had no education to allow them to get proper jobs to support themselves or have a disability. These people thus do not have anywhere to go and like as portrayed in the photograph above, sleep on the pavement where there is an empty space. I do sympathise with these people that they do not know what to do and the situation they are in. Everyday, they sit somewhere, hoping that they would one day be out of poverty or thinking will someone walk past them and lend them a hand. They could not help but think about these things as there is so little that they know about the world which require their consideration. Personally, after reading this I believe that poverty can be the cause of mental illnesses that some of these people have. Their mind keeps on repeating the same thing. The reason why these people are vulnerable to viruses and diseases is related to not having proper food and clean water. Their hunger causes their immune system to be weak and thus falling sick. Some cannot accept the fact that they have no money to support themselves. I think that although these people being poor, are out on the roads not having a home, still have a pride. Even if they are poor i believe we should respect them and outright staring at them. I believe if i were one of them i would have wanted to people to respect me regardless of being poor or not.

 

Ending off this insight, i wonder:

 

1) Would any of us have acted any way different from how these people are acting and accepting their situation?

 

2) Would any of us when walking past them, put ourselves in their shoes and spare a thought for them and giving them some money to help them?

 

3) These people may be poor but is there anyway to stop passer-bys for looking at these people with such disdainful looks at whispering things about them?

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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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U.S. AID education/poverty infographic

U.S. AID education/poverty infographic | Poverty Assignment by_Ng Xin Rong | Scoop.it

An excellent infographic that highlights the importance of education in the process of fighting poverty.  Why is education (especially women) so pivotal for development?  Should this change how we think about humanitarian aid?       


Via Seth Dixon
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I personally find that this infographic is very creative and meaningful. As this infographic presented I can see that, for people for are in poverty, the only way they are able to get out of poverty is to have education and hence education is very important to them. In a diffeent context, I think that not only is education important to those who in poverty but also to others like you and me as the reality is that "no qualifications means no jobs". Everywhere requires one to have a certain level of qualification be fore the company would employ them. Not only is education needed to get, out of poverty, get a job but also to make sure that one stays employed and thus having a stable income and not suffering. Seeing this I am happy that there is a path open for this people as if poverty continues for these people, they would not have money to support themselves and may starve. Having a mother who is educated is good as the mother would be able to teach the child what is needed to know as well as take better care of the child. The child being educated a little by his/her mother when he/she goes to school will learn more and develop further. In the end, the child would be very educated and would be able to find a job for himself/herself and be out of poverty. If this cycle goes on, in the future, there will be a day which everyone would be educated enough to support themselves as well as be out of poverty. I wonder if it is possible that adults though growing old are also able to be educated so as to improve themselves? Would people be happy when they are out of poverty or will they want more after the thing they have always wished for?

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Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, January 27, 2014 8:37 AM

From this article i get to know that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually suceed through hard work and support from their family.

Zemus Koh's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:11 AM

From this infographic, I can see the importance of education and how it can impact us in our lives. Education is key as it can help us in many ways such as being able to teach our offspings survival skills and also help us to earn more so that we can bring up a family and support them. However important education is, it still comes with a price. As such, many are deprived of this oppurtunity to be educated even though education is somewhat considered a neccessity. Other benefits of education to women include a lesser chance of contracting STDs and also having a higher chance to immunize their children compared to non-educated women. Since education is a key to survival and an important part in our lives, why is it that no effort is made to promote this or to fund more projects that help the less fortunate to get a chance to be educated?

Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, February 23, 2014 7:28 AM

This article tells me that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually succeed through hard work and support from their family. It stated that most children who drop out from school are girls and most of the people cant read live in developing countries. In this century i am sure that proper education are given to those who could not afford it as everyone want to succeed. I think that it does not matter if a child's mother is without an education as they can succeed if they work hard and opportunity is given to them.