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Poverty and Water in Africa

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Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

Via waimoe, Lee Li Ying
Ong Yi An's insight:

I see people who are taking buckets and filling them with whatever water that they can find regardless whether it is clean, dirty, muddy or salty. I think that they are so poor to even buy drinking water. But if they drink dirty water, they are harming their body. By doing so, they can fall sick easily, thus needing more money to see a doctor. If they do not have enough money to visit a doctor, the worst scenario is death. I wonder why some countries are so poor. Why can't the better countries help them? Why can we help one another? Why the neighboring countries can't share or give them some water? What is the government doing? Why ain't they saving their people? Many people dies from poverty, while others are enjoying their life. Therefore the people living in affluence should make a different by donating drinking water to the countries.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 12:12 PM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 12:24 PM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.


I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.


I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.


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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_Ong Yi An | 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
Ong Yi An's insight:

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.

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Wan Ting Wong's curator insight, February 4, 2013 5:25 AM

From the article, i see that more people in Asia are getting
richer, however the others who are living in poverty are
much poorer too.Therefore, many philantropist done charity
to help the less fortunate.With the rich people getting more clean
food or water, more poor people are getting lesser clean food
or water.I think that people who got richer may had got help by
rich philantropist, who in turn help other poor people. They
probably provided education for poor children and grow up to be
rich buisnessmen. If this cycle continue, more and more people
would not be living in poverty anymore.However, the people
lagging behind would also have a hard time catching up in the
world with all the competition of jobs. Therefore i wonder if
every single one in the world could be rich and never be poor?
Those philantropist who donates to charity, would they use up all
their money and drop to live in poverty? Would everyone who had a
change in fortune care to help those still living in poverty?

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

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment_Ong Yi An | 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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People who are living in poverty maybe sick or may not be. When someone become poor suddenly, they will not accept the fact. They are still in the state of shock. Some of them became accepting it, letting the body to gave used to it. After a long while, the body will be immune to the dirt. But others may have a weak body or a weak mind. Those who have a weak body will fall sick, when they do not have money to visit the doctor, the illness will spread to others. Thus leading to many death from illnesses. The others who have weak minds, will go crazy, as they may not accept the fact that they are living in such conditions. When they are in that state, they may even lose control and to crazy things to harm people. Therefore more people will get hurt. Some may even commit suicide, as they might be abused by strangers who sees them alone. For example like a poor little girl or boy. People who are having better lives should help 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, 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 and Water in Africa

Poverty and Water in Africa | Poverty Assignment_Ong Yi An | Scoop.it
Learn how poverty relief in Africa begins with access to clean water. Discover how water can help end poverty and hunger.

Via waimoe, Lee Li Ying
Ong Yi An's insight:

I see people who are taking buckets and filling them with whatever water that they can find regardless whether it is clean, dirty, muddy or salty. I think that they are so poor to even buy drinking water. But if they drink dirty water, they are harming their body. By doing so, they can fall sick easily, thus needing more money to see a doctor. If they do not have enough money to visit a doctor, the worst scenario is death. I wonder why some countries are so poor. Why can't the better countries help them? Why can we help one another? Why the neighboring countries can't share or give them some water? What is the government doing? Why ain't they saving their people? Many people dies from poverty, while others are enjoying their life. Therefore the people living in affluence should make a different by donating drinking water to the countries.

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:13 AM

Water is essential for life. Safe, abundant water is vital to our ability to prosper and fulfilled our potential. Without it, we face a continual decline in our well-being. No access to clean water, and almost no access to clean sanitation, causing widespread suffering from malaria, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases.  These illness not only stop people working, going to school and causing pain but they kill many more young children before the age of 5 than happens in the developed world. They also kill people younger so children are left without parents and people in work die off leaving projects unfinished, and expertise gaps.  Apart from this effect upon our health, the loss of productivity that results from water-related illnesses holds back our progress. Population is growing rapidly each year, but the lack of safe water and sanitation reduces our economic growth at twice that rate. And a growing population must be properly fed. We need to increase our water production by half. How will we achieve this without reducing the amount and quality of the remaining water resources which we will need for drinking and sanitation? Clearly, the provision of sustainable, clean water for our people should be high priority. Sustainable supplies of water, its better management and protection are the key to this success - just as increased agricultural productivity holds the key to spreading prosperity and our other development goals.

Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 12:12 PM
Water is the most essential and basic need for anyone or any countries. In Africa, there is an extremely limited sources of water. This makes the lives of people there more and more difficult. Besides, there are already many problems have appeared in Africa, the government has not taken any measures to solve them. In other words, the solutions may not be very efficient. To reduce poverty in Africa, the government as well as the whole society must think of solutions to help. For example, water can be transported from other countries to Africa. Although it will be costing a great amount of money, it is necessary. Charities can be set up, however, to prevent corruption, things for daily use or supplies can be collected instead of money.
Cappy's curator insight, March 7, 12:24 PM

Poverty may be a result of many man made causes, but one of the greatest causes of poverty is also the most overlooked, which is the lack of access to clean water. Lack of water is often an obstacle in helping oneself. You can’t grow food, built house, stay healthy, and children would have no time for school. People spend couple hours a day to find and transport any water they can find whether it’s clean or not. Their containers can weigh up to a lot, and they need to carry it almost more than three hours everyday. It is estimated that the Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40 billion hours per year collecting water. These people don’t have enough time to do anything else because they lose about 3 hours each day collecting water. The Water Project is trying to help by providing clean water, using money from donations they will create wells.


I realised that children in dry regions of Africa are using most of their time to find and transport water. This left them with less time for their education and other activities. Poverty is also the result of people lacking time to develop their wealth. When clean water is provided, people’s health improved, and hunger will be reduced because water is provided for the crops. The article tells me that it is possible to break Africa’s poverty cycle by providing access to clean water.


I realised how much Africa’s climate can affect people’s way of life, and how much it changed their life. I do agree that we should provide the people access to clean water to reduce their time on getting water and to let them use their time on something else. Most of the water people found were dirty and uncleaned, which result in infected residents from waterborne diseases. I think that providing clean water to these people is the best way to cure poverty.


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Poverty and Education: Solutions?

Poverty and Education: Solutions? | Poverty Assignment_Ong Yi An | Scoop.it
Poverty effects education.  It effects test scores.  It effects teacher and student motivation.

 

Time to rethink all the sloppy attempts at reform.  We are missing the boat.


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson, Giuseppe Fattori, Jem Muldoon, Les Howard, Sindy Teo, Tricia Chng, Teo Shao Ni, Dave Miller
Ong Yi An's insight:

Education is something that many people need to do better in society. Without it, it would be very difficult to find a job that can feed your family. If the sole bread winner of a family loses the job and become poor, it will affects the whole family. If there are children who are studying in school, they will also be affected. It will affect them in the academic results, being anti-social, thinking of negative thoughts all day. They may also be late for school or sleep in class, as they want to help the family to do something, by working. By having a part-time job, it loses time that are meant for studying. Therefore, leading them to drop out of sch. Thus affecting their future. But if they work hard, i believe that they can do better in life.   

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Bharath Gessian's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:34 AM

Education is one of the most important thing in life and it matters alot. Without it you would not be able to get a proper job and a proper salary. I thought poverty only affects in food, water and socially for a child but i was surprise that education plays a big part when your are poor and it is a big challenge to overcome it. This will afftect the students studying in the school. He will have negative thoughts about himself and will be anti social. They are doing part time job while studying and it will really afect thier studies as it is difficult to multitask.Eventually they drop out or do badly. Hence if they work hard with the right midset, they can definely succeed

Edwin Ong's curator insight, January 18, 2:40 AM

Poverty is really getting serious day by day and it causes many problems to humans. It is the starting problem of many problems and this makes a never-ending cycle once started. As seen from the news above, poverty is started and it affects education, followed by the test scores. It even has the ability to affect teacher and student motivation. Therefore concluding that the word "Poverty" is related to just about every possible negative life outcome one could imagine.

After reading this particular article, I felt disappointed and at the same time, worried for the education system there. I am depressed to learn that the school reform efforts actively ignore the research on poverty in education. They focus instead on test scores and even gaps between high scores and low scores! Seeing that efforts have been made to try and fight the effects of poverty but ultimately losing because of being exhausted, dispirited, I felt worried for the people who are living there in poverty. Even the politicians dare not say the word "Poverty", who knows what will hapen next!

In many cases, i truly believe that poverty can be stopped by helping those in need. For example, we can start to make a difference by helping the needies by donating some money to different charities.

Not onl;y helping  charities, we can also start to give some money to elderies when they sell tissues in the market or hawker centres.

I believe that "to give is to receive". We can and have the ability to stop poverty from spreading throughout the world.

Benjamin Ho's curator insight, January 27, 9:46 AM

My insight

Poverty affects education, i think that that is very true. when students have to worry about their daily meals, how can they concentrate and study. And when students cant do their work properly, they fail, and when they grow up, they will find it hard to find a job. More should be done to help students who are in need of financial help.

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Food shortages And Poverty in India - About Latest News And ...

Food shortages And Poverty in India - About Latest News And ... | Poverty Assignment_Ong Yi An | Scoop.it
Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2010, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while ...

Via Megan-Nicole Lye Shuen Chi
Ong Yi An's insight:

While looking at the article, i realised that 8 Indian states have more poor people than 26 poorest African nations. The people there are suffering a hard time as they do not have food. From the picture, i can see that they all have a plate with them. Therefore i infer that they used the plate for begging people to give them food so that they could survive. I believed that the country was not so poor at first by as the economic rises, they could follow it. Therefore, they fell into despair and poverty. There are also some adults in the picture, i think that they maybe the parents of the children. They are poor, thus no money to effort birth control. Therefore, having many children. But being them to the world is also something difficult for them as they must get more food, more money to bring them up. The children will then have to suffer along. Not only the humans have to suffer, the animals have to suffer too. The cause of food shortages are because of the economics, environment and many more. 

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Teoh Jun Fang's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:13 PM

See-think-wonder. After reading this article, I can see that there is shortage of food in India due to poverty. About half the children as young as five years old in India were underweight. The other half stopped growing. These were caused by not having enough nutrition as they do not have enough money to buy food. On the contrary, in Singapore, very few of the children living are underweight. Instead, most of them are acceptable and some are even overweight. Therefore I think that we should not waste food because children in other countries are starving. But here we are throwing away food that we are not able to finish. Hence I think we should learn to “buy what we can finish” so that wastage of food will be reduced. Other than children not having enough food in India, the world might also be short of food in the next 40 years. This is also another reason i think that we should not be wasting food. Otherwise it might lead to the future generation suffering. I think that everyone should cherish what they have, be it food, water or personal belongings etc. I feel that the government should really do something for his citizens that food shortage will stop occurring in India, and the children will be able to grow healthily. This article also made me wonder if the government are trying to help his citizens or leave the food shortage problem like that because it is a difficult problem to solve? Or are the government even aware of food shortage problem in India? Did they even take a look in it?

Lee ZongHan's curator insight, January 31, 2013 11:34 PM

This is my insight using the 4Cs, Connection, Poverty in India is widespread, with the nation estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2010, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day.

Concepts, food shortage, the world’s population could become all but vegetarian by the year 2050 because of water shortages and a spiralling population, scientists have warned. Nine hundred million people already go hungry and 2 billion people are malnourished in spite of the fact that per capita food production continues to increase. Changes, there have to be some change in the food shortage in India. India government have to create more jobs for the citizens in India so that they have enough money to buy foods. Challenges, India have lots of lands and the goverment could use those lands for farming. So that they will have enough foods.

Xuan Tay Yu's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:52 AM

This is my insight on this article. The world is currently experiencing food shortages, and it could go worse by 2050. In India, so many people are poor, making the number reach a third of the wolrd's poor. If we do not do anything about it the food shortage, more people are going to suffer. Water shortage is also a problem, which causes animals to die out if the animals lack the water. If the animals die, we do not have meat to eat. This is a big problem because need the protein from the animals.