Poverty Assignment_Kyle Tan
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Aging Asia Faces Issues Of Isolation And Poverty, Experts Warn

Aging Asia Faces Issues Of Isolation And Poverty, Experts Warn | Poverty Assignment_Kyle Tan | Scoop.it
With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn.

Via ReSAKSS-Asia, Sarah Seng :)
Kyle Tan's insight:

Asian countries, besides Japan perhaps, need to plan now. These countries have grown older before they have grown rich. Many parts of asia are quite poor and with the aging population, more and more elderly is experiencing poverty. I think that the governments of these countires should set up things like CPF so that the elderly would be able to retire comfortably. Their children should also take care of them instead of letting them live in poverty.

Sarah Seng :)'s curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:56 AM

The following is my insight on this article using the See-Think-Wonder thinking routine. I see that Asia is aging rapidly and most of the aging population will be women as depicted in the photo. I think that with the aging population, whole new challenges will surface such as lack of income after retirement and bad health (both mental and physical). Hence the government needs to come up with pension schemes for the elderly and affordable healthcare to prevent poverty from happening. I wonder if there is a way to prevent the aging population from increasing. 

Jueniewann SpotOn Sniper's curator insight, February 4, 2013 6:15 AM

well through this, many countries are facing ageing population. problems involving economy would rise, not forgetting causing poverty. as people age, they reach a point to where they are too old and have to retire. this is seen in many places, in many countries. the rate of peole working would decrease thus raising the amout of poverty higher. hopefully this problem can be tackled. maybe someone out there has a solution

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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_Kyle Tan | 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
Kyle Tan's insight:

Living in poverty for any significant length of time increases all sorts of risk factors for health and mental health problems. There is more stress, worrying about money constantly, and the bills to pay or money for food. Processed food is so often cheaper than nutritional food so poor people often lack the nutritions needed for their immune system. They also would not have enough money to get medication or first aid materials. I think these are the causes of illnesses among the poor people.

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

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

Via emav
Kyle Tan's insight:

This desert has very little water. The people living there have been searching for ways to get more water since a long time ago. They do not have enough water there for themselves and they still try to grow crops. In the comming years, it will become even warmer and there will be less rain in the desert. I cant imagine life without water. Yet these people are trying to solve their crisis by growing plants and vegetables. I admire them not giving up on solving their crisis.

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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The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education

The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education | Poverty Assignment_Kyle Tan | Scoop.it
Federal education policy seems blind to the relationship between poverty and student performance.


An intersting op-ed that focuses on the educational performance in the United States and poverty.  The authors feel that class is an obvious factor in educational performance, but that educational policies do not reflect the geographic factors that lead to uneven results. 

Via Seth Dixon, W. Robert de Jongh
Kyle Tan's insight:

The fact that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. However, policy makers mistakenly continue to reason that, since they cannot change the backgrounds of students, they should focus on other better backgrounds. I think this is a wrong thing to do as everyone should have their chance of having an education. They should make new policies that make it fair for everyone who wants to study and not discriminate on those with poor backgrounds.

Mindy Tan's curator insight, February 22, 2014 9:44 AM

From this article, I can see that children that are poorer actually get lower results as compared to those that are well fed. I think it is because they dont have a good environment to study in, do not have well-educated parents to guide them along and teach them and most importantly, they are not well-fed and they do not have enough nutritions to help them think or concentrate better. I wonder why they would  put the 'rich' and 'poor' kids together? Putting them together will only result in the richer kids looking down on the poorer kids.

rlavinya's curator insight, February 23, 2014 8:26 AM

It saddens be that children can't be educated just cause of their lack of money.Poverty an educations plays a huge role in a child's life.WIthout education how are they gona lead in life?Why can't the poor be edcuated for free?

rlavinya's curator insight, February 24, 2014 8:02 AM

Education and poverty.In simple terms mostly if a child does not have enough money it'll affect their education. It saddens be that children can't be educated just cause of their lack of money.Poverty an educations plays a huge role in a child's life.WIthout education how are they gona lead in life?Why can't the poor be edcuated for free?What puzzles be the most is why isn't it free for those who cant afford it?

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Poverty and food: The nutrition puzzle

Poverty and food: The nutrition puzzle | Poverty Assignment_Kyle Tan | Scoop.it

Why do so many people in poor countries eat so badly—and what can be done about it?... Even where there is enough food, people do not seem healthier. On top of 1 billion without enough calories, another 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they lack micro-nutrients (this is often called “hidden hunger”). And a further 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they eat too much and are obese. It is a damning record: out of the world population of 7 billion, 3 billion eat too little, too unhealthily, or too much. Malnutrition is attracting attention now because the damage it does has only recently begun to sink in. The misery of lacking calories—bloated bellies, wasted limbs, the lethargy of famine—is easy to spot. So are the disastrous effects of obesity. By contrast, the ravages of inadequate nutrition are veiled, but no less dreadful.

Via Alexander J. Stein, Luigi Guarino
Kyle Tan's insight:

These kids dont have enough money to buy food. So, at school, the kids get a full meal every day, but in the holidays they have no breakfast or lunch so they ask for food from the charity. The charity then gives them bananas. They are filling, cheap, and they stimulate the brain. However there are much poorer countries which children suffer from Malnutrition. Malnutrition is associated with over a third of children's deaths and is the single most important risk factor in many diseases. A third of all children in the world are underweight or stunted, the classic symptoms of malnourishment. I think that these children suffer from malnutrition because they have not enough money for food. I wonder how they live like this. I cant imagine how it is to not have enough food everyday.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:40 AM

There is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish them. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families. Many people are trying to help them problem is still remain unsolved.by donating daily necessaries. However, these things can only last for a short while, the main problem is still remain unsolved. Once they finished the things we donated, how are they going to survive?


Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:15 AM

In this article, we can see that the poor are having difficulty eating proper meals. People living in poverty are starving or malnourished, they do not get enough calories and nutrition from the food they consume or even die from diseases because they consume leftover food found in the bins which are unhygienic and contaminated. We have easy access to food everyday and everywhere, but we are not appreciating it. We tend to waste food and complain about the food we eat. That is not the way, we should think of those living in poverty and spare a thought for them. They have to consume unhygienic food or even starve, when we get to consume the clean food of enough nutrition. I wonder how can we waste food at the thought of those living in poverty? How can this people survive on contaminated food everyday?

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:36 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that children are suffering from the lack of food. In some countries, the children starve for almost the whole day and they will only get food if they come to school. Starving is bad for their health and they will suffer from different malnutrition symptoms in the long run if they do not treat the probolem of lack of food seirously now.

It gets me thinking of the amount of children who die each day because they cannot take the hunger, and die of some diesease or just plainly starvation, although in some countries, food is nothing important to the people because food is taken for granted.

I wonder how will the children feel about their lives, if they knew that they are leading worse lives than those who are more fortunate than them. Would they feel that it is unfair? or are they just contented with what they have?