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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 Assignments_Keith Khoo | 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
Keith Khoo's insight:

After reading this article, the number of people that were projected to be in poverty in asia really shocked me, 830 million people are suffreing from poverty in asia. I really hope that the goverment really help these people in need as the number may increase if we do not put a stop to it. I think that charity helps a lot but the most important i think would still be voluntary work that will move those people as it is the heart that matters most . 

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

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignments_Keith Khoo | 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
Keith Khoo's insight:

After reading this article , i felt really compelled to help the people suffering from poverty as , even if they do not die from hunger which is contributed by the fact that they cannot buy food , i think that they will go crazy from the mental illness inflicted onto them . People suffering from poverty are also  really pitiful as they have to face a lot problem and that will add on to their existing ones , forcing them into breaking pointand that will make them go hysterical.  it also led me to think about what can be done to help reduce the risk of people suffering from poverty becoming hysterical. 

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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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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignments_Keith Khoo | 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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After reading this article , it made me feel really blessed that i have clean drinkable water apart from a little impurities that is coming out from my tap everyday, but some people in other countries are not that lucky to the extent at which they have to walk a distance to get water and the water is not even drinkable water. I also think that the reason behind their cycle of poverty is the lack of education that they need which will allow them to curb poverty as they would be able to work and make money to provide a better living for themselves, and finally this makes me wonder what can we do to help them banish poverty out of their lifes forever. 

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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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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

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For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

Via britishroses, Chan Jia Yi
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Ater reading this article, i found out the importance of education and how many people are actually longing for something which i have gone through in almost my whole life up to date and actually detest it . I can see that SRA is actually helping those who are really passionate about studying but cannot afford it , and they have been quite successful in the past 15 years . I think what they are doing is really beneficial to those in need as those people are mostly orphans or homeless and that is why they do not have the money to pursue their studies. 

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.

 

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Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. And World

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"Global food prices continue to rise," begins a recent report by the World Bank. Between October 2010 and January 2011, the Bank's food price index increased by 15 percent, and the global prices of wheat, maize, sugar and edible oils have all increased sharply. (RT @Truth247: Rising Food Prices Intensify Poverty, Hunger In U.S. & World http://huff.to/dLurhu ||No COLA 4 SocSec 4 2 yrs. $250 payment blocked by GOP)


Via Jeff Makana
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Before reading this article, just by looking at the picture i thought to myself "woah , what are they having here , a sale ?", but after reading the article i realise those people are at the food banks getting food as they are incapable of buying food as the price has rose quite a bit. This made me to ponder , "why did the gouverment not see this coming and make preparations , like growing their own crops then they do not have to worry about the prices" but then i saw that about 16 percent of the people in America were hit by the rising price of food so i doubt that plan would even help . Finally it led to to wonder that if the prices continue to go up what will happen to those people who still cannot afford it?

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Daryl Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:11 AM

With the food prices rising globally, more and more people in U.S and the rest of the world are having more difficulty putting food on the table. In 2007 and 2008, prices of many staple crops doubled in a year and millions went hungry. Between October 2010 and January 2011, there was another food price-spike.

Years ago, the food crisis used to be widespread only in poorer countries. However, this is not so now. As the food crisis looms ahead, I wonder if the world governments would be able to resolve this seemingly urgent situation?

Mohamed Hasir Marican's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:26 AM

Before i read this article, i thought that only Asia and Africa are experiencing poverty. However, this article has showed me that even Americas face such issues. In this article it states that 16 percent of people in the Americas have gone hungry due to finances and rising food prices. If this trend of rising food prices continues, then more and more families will fall in to the category. It is going to be a great challenge for the government to solve this problem but they have to do something about it. I have learnt that we should never take things forgranted as we might not know when we are going to fell into the category.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:21 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that poverty has actually reached most parts of the world, and that some countries are getting much more affected by it. As our natural resources are being used up consistently, food prices are uncontrollably increasing by much more than it should be.

It makes me think of how the other countries which are worse then the amount of people facing poverty in the U.S. are going to survive and overcome this problem. Does anyone actually help them? Or are they just pushed to one corner, left to die alone due to starvation? It makes me think of the fortunate people these days who do not appreciate what they have.

This article makes me wonder if the future generations would be abe to cope with the more drastic price increases in the future, where more of our natural resources are gone. t makes me wonder, how are the people who are originally poor, able to make sure they have enough money or food or survival needs to keep themselevs alive.