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Eradication of poverty in India: Is it a Distant Dream for Us?

Eradication of poverty in India: Is it a Distant Dream for Us? | Poverty Assignment_Sindy Teo | Scoop.it
Poverty is a pervasive concern in a huge country like India. It has been projected that India is home to approximately 33% of the impoverished population of the world. Eradication of poverty in India is a priority for the Indian government.

Via Krystian Gebis
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Poverty is a huge problem in various Asian countries but today we would be going in depth to discuss on a certain country,India.India is one of the poorest country in Asia and yet it has a high population.With this in mind the Indian government alongside other organisation to stop or reduce poverty in India.One of the main concerns of India is that it does not have basic services like healthcare,electricity,drinking water and public transport.Thus the government is thinking of increasing employment rate and instill the amount of child birth. From 1970, the Government of India has put into operation many projects and plans intended to do away with poverty. Some of these plans have been effective.I hope India would succeed in facing poverty with their plans.

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Krystian Gebis's curator insight, December 18, 2012 11:24 AM

The Poverty is a huge concern in India. It is home to about 33% of the poverished population in the world. As you can see, towards the middle of the country the more populated the area gets and the more poverty we see.

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Childhood poverty leaves its mark on adult genetics - health - 26 October 2011 - New Scientist

Childhood poverty leaves its mark on adult genetics - health - 26 October 2011 - New Scientist | Poverty Assignment_Sindy Teo | Scoop.it
Genomes of adults raised in poor or rich households have distinctive patterns of epigenetic change – perhaps a response to early adversity (RT @JoelCarnazzo: Childhood poverty leaves its mark on adult genetics - New Scientist -

Via Jón Sallé, Tricia Chan
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In this text it shows that there is a rising number people from poor countries suffering from diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and  more.This diseases can be either caused by the impact of their childhood or from the hereditary  of their parents.As they come from less developed countries,the medical there is not advanced.And what's more is that  most of the people come from poor families thus they are unable seek treatment even if they are suffering from such diseases or are unwell.So as they slowly develop into an adult,this symptoms of the disease would come haunting them.I feel that it is unfair for these kids. having to suffer from such disease since young is really a torture,yet are unable to get it treated.It makes me ponder to why doesn't anyone,lend them a helping hand.Though I know it is a fact that they are suffering from such diseases and it may be impossible to cure at such a stage but the least we can do is to give them moral encouragement,and do what is within our means,let them know that they are not alone to fight this life battle.

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Tan Qi Shun's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:38 AM

I do know that people living in a state of poverty most probably live a shorter life or more than often is down with severe dieseases.This article further elaborates on my point and it talks about how new-borns growing up in a poorer environment and state tend to end up in bad conditions. Tests and studies have shown that even when the genes are of similar qualities but when new borns live in a better and richer environment they tend to live longer and it is most probably because the parents are able to afford and seek medical treatments when in need of any. However the poor are unable to do anything about their illness, depriving them of a fighting chance. There is a large difference of the state of health between the rich and the poor, with the rich being able to handle health complications and the poor ending up helpless.After reading this article i feel very fortunate that every single Singaporean is blessed with the chance to meet their medical needs. I would like to challenge the point at which why the goverment of those various countries not implementing any programs to help the poor seek any medical attention. Do they not feel unfair for the poor when the rich is able to meet their while the poor is unable to? 

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:43 PM

In this article, it shows that there is a rising number of people suffering from diseases such as cancer, herat diseases and many more. This could be cause by the impact of their childhood life because in the article, it state that people who are poorer are more prone to diseases. Tests, studies, experiments have shown that richer people can live longer as they have the money to go or treatment unike poorer people. It is unfair for them to be suffering like that and for some cases, this problems started when they are young, the disease might "follow' thrm until they grow old and it is unfair to them. If only the richer people will lend a helping hand to them and less people will be suffering and this will let the other know that they are not alone and everyone including the rich one is willing to help them.

Benjamin Yap Kian Hwee's comment, February 4, 2013 8:11 AM
After reading this article, I learnt that more people who are born in poor countries are suffering from diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. These diseases are often from their heredity or since childhood. They come from poor countries, hence the medical development are not advanced. Even if their medical development is advanced, they might not have enough money to pay for their medical bills. I find it very unfair that people who are rich can afford to get expensive medical treatment from private hospitals while the poor cannot even get the most basic treatments from clinics.
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No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Poverty Assignment_Sindy Teo | Scoop.it
Today, March 22, people around the world celebrate the 19th annual World Water Day. According to the United Nations, the day is meant to “focus...

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It is a fact that water is essential for all source of life,as for clean drinking water,it is still in scarcity.And not all is able to gain access to pure drinking water.According to the UN,the proportion of people who lack access to clean water has dropped in recent years but this struggle for water is still far from over.Especially those living in poverty,which are unable to have access to pure drinking water.Everyday there are people dying due to lack of water and from diseases caused by unclean water. So,the U.N.’s World Water Day events is set out to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population. Water is also need for agriculture,to be able to grow crops and provide food.So I feel that those who have access to clean water should treasure them as there are many others out there who are lack of water.

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Aidil's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:15 PM

The U.N.’s 2012 World Water Day events also aim to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population. Nonetheless, the struggle for clean water is far from over. More than 884 million people still lack access to clean water. This is nearly three times the population of the United States."Agriculture has to be more efficient in water use - which means more crop per drop - otherwise the demand cannot be met and we will run into a big, big competition between water for agriculture, water for industrial purposes, and water for municipalities," Alexander Müller, FAO's assistant director-general for natural resources and the environment, toldjournalists last week at the World Water Forum in Marseille, Franc

Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:50 PM

Clean drinking water is still in scarcity in the united nation. And not all is able to gain access to pure drinking water. Those living in poverty, are unable to have access to pure drinking water. Everyday there are people dying due to lack of water.  Hence, when they find any water whether it is clean or dirty, they will just drink it. Therefore  diseases caused by unclean water make them more sick. So,the U.N.’s World Water Day events is set out to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:15 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that water is essential for survival for every human and I'm glad to see that more people are getting improved ssources of drinking water, or gettting just water safe for consumption in parts of the world. However there are still areas where do not have water safe for consumption thus causing people to still need water.Because water is need for crops growing etc, people are also not having enough supply of food due to problems like water is not safe.

I think of the people who do not have enough water when I read this article. I feel sorry for them, because not everyone is helping them with this problem, and we are just sitting here watching them like everyday. I think of how my own life will be like without water that is safe for me to drink. I think of how my life will be like, if everything around me is lifeless, due to the fact that livign things are dying because there is no water left.

I wonder how it would be like, if we do no solve their problems of not having water safe enough for drinking. I wonder if these people would be willing to mobve to another place where there is water and food safe for consumption.

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Government Ministers are in Denial About Food Poverty

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I talked to a constituent who had a stroke and is on benefit. After paying all his bills, he's left with just £12 a week - less than £2 a day - to spend on food.

Via britishroses, Tricia Chan
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Upon reading this article it saddens me to feel that why,when everyone is happily celebrating the season there are still many others out there who cannot afford to eat much less to celebrate.The government is also not taking  any action in this issue and feel that it has nothing to do with them.Instead, the government starts putting the blame on others except himself,he blamed food prices rising and supermarkets but not himself or his colleagues.Though he knew that his people are poor and could not afford food.Yet his government's policies will squeeze the incomes of low-paid working families, the sick, disabled and unemployed. Delaying in payment of benefits that people entitled to exacerbate the problem.It is the reality of the government's policies, and the reality of food poverty today.As I continued to read on I could suddenly feel the humanity of many others lending a hand to help the poor.Charities, community groups and volunteers all  working to feed the hungry. It makes me wonder why did the people choose such a government in the first place from this I also feel proud of the volunteers being able to sacrifice their celebration to help others. 

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Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:48 PM

It is sad to hear that that low income families have to rely on foodbanks  during seasons like Christmas distributed by charity. If it is not for the help of the charity, they will need to eat less as they cannot afford for more food. I think that the government is not responsible as they denies that the problem have nothing to do with them. Not only they shrink the responsible to others, they even came out with more proposals like squeezing the incomes of low-paid working families, the sick, disabled and unemployed.

Cynthia Chia's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:20 AM

We need food for survival. That is how important food is. While many are busy heavily feasting on Christmas and New Year's snacks, there are still thousands of people who simply cannot afford to eat. I have never heard of the term "foodbank" till today. Neither did I know that so many people rely on those banks for food or that those foodbanks are mainly run by charities. It bothers me how unmindful the government is towards food poverty, pushing the blame to supermarkets for the rising prices of food, when charities are trying their best to ease the food poverty situation with money out of their own pocket. This goes to show how self-centered people are nowadays. To care only about what happens to you and not others. The reality of the government policies and food poverty situation is just appaling. I wonder how much longer can the government deny this food poverty issue. It worries me, how this country would survive when such an irresponsible government is leading it. Aside that, I applaud all those volunteers for being humane people are doing the right thing. 

Shameerza's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:35 AM

Using see-think-wonder, i can see from what i've read from the article, the goverment isnt doing a good job in feeding their nations needs. It's sad to see that the poor families have to rely on foodbanks for food cause they can't afford to buy. Its also sad to hear that they have to depend on foodbanks during Christmas and yet they give these people little food, it's suppose to be festive and giving isn't it? It's really sad to think that the families have to eat less to equally distrubute among themselves. I think that the government should be more giving and not selfish. I wonder why can't the government give more food to these poor families, especially those with bigger families.

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Poverty and Education: Solutions?

Poverty and Education: Solutions? | Poverty Assignment_Sindy Teo | 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
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This text tells me of children dropping out of school due to poverty as it effects their education,results and motivation but it has never crossed my mind knowing that poverty effects education.Though I know that poverty can effect the living conditions of the people.The main concept of this text is an answer to whether there are any solutions to help proverty from education.Which also comes to a point and question me,why?Instead of focusing on helping those living in poverty,schools only care for test scores,are they much more important?I know test scores are important for a brighter future but still, the rising problem now is a need to help those in poverty giving them extra help and attention as they have no one else to seek for help or understanding.And also it is very unfair as they are in large class sizes so how can the teachers be able to reach out to help all, so in this case it is kind of an irony.

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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, 2014 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, 2014 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.