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Rags to riches - Fiji Times

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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 ...

Via ShengWei Luvs, Leong Kin Wai
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This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.

I can see that Pedro Virgil, the renowned and successful man has been through much struggles to pave his way to success. Coming from a poor family, he faced certain difficulties living without electricity when he was young. However, he continued to work hard, and with his motivation and support from his mum. he managed to crawl up to success, despite facing countless rejections. This is a very admirable spirit that I look up onto.
 

I think about how fortunate I am to not face this circumstances that he faced of living without electricity in my age. I think about how much determination he must had to set his mind and achieve his goal since young, and eventually getting it despite facing countless rejections and difficulties. I feel ashamed for myself as despite having good opportunities to success, I complain about it with a aimless mind, not being thankful for what I have at all.

I wonder how much has all those successful people might have been through, and what really drives them going on to achieve their goals. I wonder what I would really be if i was to become successful. I wonder if I can have much determination as Pedro Virgil had to achieve my goal.

 

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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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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_TanShiYing | 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, Au Yeong Sok Mun, Emily Lau, Jocelyn Stoller
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This is my insight using the 4Cs thinking routine. Before reading the article, I know that water is essential in our lifes and we need to cherish it. However, after reading the article, it has made me realize the great impact of not having access to proper drinking water. I didn't know that this would affect the lifes' of the community so much. With easier access to sanitized water, their lifes would change. Women would not need to go to faraway places to collect water, and have more time and energy to earn income for their family. They also would not need to worry about their children falling sick from drinking and would be able to grow vegetables for both comsumption and sales purposes. This made me realize the importance of safe drinking water and appreciate and cherish more of the easy access to free-flowing of water from the taps in households. Sometimes I can't help but wonder if the Government of all those poor people suffering are even trying to help to improve the situation.

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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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» 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_TanShiYing | 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
Shiying Tan's insight:

This is my insight using the 4Cs thinking routine. After reading the article, I can see that poverty is a very serious issue, as it affects both the physical and mental health of a person. In the article, it states that when someone is living in poverty, they not only have to worry about money constantly, they also have to resort into eating cheap, processed food which lacks nutrition. This causes them to be so stress, that sometimes, it may even lead to mental illness. Since they also malnutrition, they would fall sick easily which also affects their physical health. Thus this shows the interlinked relationship between mental illness and poverty.After reading the text, I feel so fortunate to have a blissful family that supports me throughout my life and I would also start to cherish whatever i have now. However, sometimes, I wonder, why do the rich and the influential people not come together and help this poor people in need.

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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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Poverty still a challenge in some parts of Asia - Channel NewsAsia

Poverty still a challenge in some parts of Asia - Channel NewsAsia | Poverty Assignment by_TanShiYing | Scoop.it
Poverty remains a significant challenge in some parts of Asia, according to non-government agencies such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Via Lim Xin Hwee
Shiying Tan's insight:

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder. After reading this article, I am  utterly surprised that there is so many people living in extreme poverty despite being in a developed society. However, as Asia economy is growing, there are also a growing number of philanthropists to help the people living in poverty. I think this is a very good thing as people in this society are willing to help each other with genuine care and concern. I feel that this concept and idea of caring and sharing with each other should be spread around the World which may probably even end the poverty in the World. However, I wonder why this idea is not developed around the World.

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Ong Yi An's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:29 AM

The economy of Asia is always growing, thus the gap between the poor and the rich will become bigger and bigger. There are 830 million people live in extreme poverty while there are some other people spending money like it is dirt. Although governments in Asia are roping in the private sector to help care for the less fortunate, but it is not enough to help everyone. There are also lots of people donating to charities. But where will all this money go? Will they be pocketed? This are some of the questions that people will often think about when it comes to donating. Therefore, the people who are organising the event must be honest and give all the money that they have collected to the poor people so that they can live a better live.

Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:44 AM

Many people are suffering from poverty,even as many charity groups are helping, the fight against poverty is still tough.As the economies in many developing countries in Asia are getting better the income gap between the rich and poor is rising as the poor earn more but the poor get poorer.What are the possible ways to help the poor other than donating? Could the income gap be made closer in order to help the poor?

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:40 AM

 

I see that many people are suffering from poverty although there are many charity groups and donation drives being carried out, poverty is still a singnificant problem in Asia. There is a difference between the rich and the poor now, and it is even getting bigger and bigger. Will the rich donate? Or will they just stand by and watch the poor suffer. Or will the goverment help the poor and close the gap between the rich and the poor?

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Education is the long-term solution for fighting poverty | The Great Debate

Education is the long-term solution for fighting poverty | The Great Debate | Poverty Assignment by_TanShiYing | Scoop.it
The vitriol over Steven Brill’s piece this week from Randi Weingarten, Diane Ravitch, Alex Kotlowitz and other defenders of the status quo isn’t surprising.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is my insight using 4Cs thinking routine. After reading the text, I can see that the interlinked relationship between education and poverty is a complex one. This relationship can be seen resounding throughout the world. Education can be either the key to breaking out of poverty, or the key to enter into the life of poverty. With proper and higher education, one can get a permanent job and earn money on a long term basis to avoid economic and social despair of the people living in poverty. However, despite giving an opportunity to study, there are still people that dropout from school, and as a result, they couldn't find a job, which slowly led them into the life of poverty. After reading this text. I have a greater motivation to study and I may have found a inspiration in life to help those poor children who have no chance for education to help them change their lifes and fight against poverty. This has also led me to wonder why some people chose not to study despite given the chance of proper education, as it would be simply a foolish act and a major loss in their life.

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Cynthia Chia's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:07 AM

"Education is the key." I certainly do agree. The article focuses on how being being educated can change one's life. School dropouts have lesser chances of getting employed compared to high school and college graduates. The reason is simple as well, the more educated a person is, the more likely they will avoid economic and social despair. Illiterate people would generally be looked down upon in today's cruel society. In the twenty-first century context, and educated person is better than an uneduated person, which is not entorely wrong. Take for example, companies would take in the applicant with the better qualification. This is because it is too competitive nowadays, people just want the best and nothing less. So, when a person is uneducated and cannot find a job, he or she would then be living in poverty. I believe that everyone should be given a chance, to be educated, regardless of social standing whatsoever. Because of this, more people are working/studying harder to escape poverty to get better jobs with higher wages, ironically, can this possibly slim down the chances of poor people getting employed due to the immense demand for jobs these days? Also, even if teaching is of higher quality, is the writer absolute that schooling would be of greater factor compared to socioecomomical backgrounds?

Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:44 PM

As what it says on the title page, education can be the answer to decrease the amount of people that can be in state of poverty. We must thank the nation for helping schools all over the world to ignore hiring high -quality - teachers to teach the children so they will be able to save more money to decrease Poverty. America had been in the verge of economic failure in education, but because high school dropouts are unable to easily get jobs without finishing their education. The government must know that poverty affect education and also how education can affect poverty. The educated person has a higher chance of getting a job than a dropout, so that it will decrease poverty for education

crystal chin jing's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:09 AM

Education open doors to greater and better opportunities in job and lifestyle.  When one is non -educated, he or she is probably illiterate and it is a disadvantage. I feel fortunate to live in Singapore where I do not need to worry for any financial need for my education. In contrast, people living in less developed countries who are poor have little or no opportunities to receive such holistic education in Singapore.  Yet, as a student living with no worries, we often take things for granted and frequently complain that homework is too much for us to do and we hate school.  Thus, from this article , I understand the sufferings of the people living in a less financially well off conditions.

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Hundreds of Unemployed, Poverty Stricken Americans Line Up For Food Vouchers

Any American who still thinks there is nothing wrong with our economy and the direction we're headed need only look to this latest example for evidence that things are not at all as pleasant as they may seem.

Via Flora Moon
Shiying Tan's insight:

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder thinking routine. After reading the artivle, I am shocked by the number of Americans living in poverty despite America being a rich and prestigious country. I can see the efforts made by the American Government as they called down the police force to keep order and look after the sick and eldery lining up for the food vouchers. However, i think that this effort is still not enough as there are still millions of American suffering in silience, without food and other essentials. I feel that they should put in more effort to manage this unemployed and poverty stricken Americans, so that they can have enough money to purchase their daily meals and other essentials. I wonder what would might happen it this kind of free food vouchers event didn't exist. People may probably die from hunger or resort to violence to get their needs.

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