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UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia

UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia | Poverty Assignment by_Teo Jing Yi | Scoop.it
Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific,...

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Before reading this article, I already know that poverty exists in some rural parts of Asia. This article tells readers about how some rural parts of Asia are inaccessible of energy sevices as they are not affordable. After reading the article, I feel grateful and bless that I am accessible to the energy services here in Singapore. I will like to challenge the fact that if the poor cannot even afford energy services, why do they need to spend money on improving their household standards rather than spending it on buying food to feed themselves?

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Benjamin Yap Kian Hwee's comment, February 4, 2013 7:51 AM
After reading this article, I see that the people are not able to pay for electricity. The government is helping them by building solar panels to collect energy from the sun. This will benefit many people, for example the children can study even after the sunset and the adults can use electrical appliances to cook food instead of using fire. Now the people can use the computer and connect to the outside world and let people know about what is poverty.
Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:08 AM

This method is viable, it will help many obtain cooked food, but. is this method viable in a way in cost effectiveness if we wanted to do this in a world wide scale to help everyone? I do not think so, but, it is still good as this project had helped many, thousands, or maybe millions. lives are saved, but maybe we could look for a new method to help them which is cost effective and needed by people affected by poverty.

Praveent Thamil Mani's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:21 AM

Support offered by government and non-government agencies to people to come out of the poverty line.

 

I see that a report by the UN Development Programme confirms that there can be no development without energy, and that poverty cannot be addressed sustainably without paying due attention to energy services.  The poor need energy to get out of poverty, but energy alone is not enough. The poor need support to generate income so that energy becomes affordable, which in turn will improve household living standards. Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services. I hope that this process speeds up and the poverty in the world is decreased.

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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_Teo Jing Yi | 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,

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Before reading this article, I have already know that a person's health can be affected badly if he/she lives in poverty as he/she has to eat malnutritious food that he/she can afford, thinking ways to pay his/her bills and living in an unpleasant environment. This article talks mainly about how a person's mental health can be affected badly under the stress of poverty. I feel grateful that I have a pleasant house to live in and having enough money to eat and wear after reading this article. However, I will like to challenge the fact that if one is very poor to an extend where he/she is getting mental illeness, he/she will not be able to afford a house. So how is he/she going to live in a neighbourhood more prone to violence?

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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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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 by_Teo Jing Yi | 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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Before reading this article, I have already know that many people in the third world country are suffering from lack of acess to clean water and this has led to serious issues around the world. This article tells the readers how the world has improved in getting cleaner water for the people over the years and that organisations are already planning to provide more clean water for the growing population in the future. After reading the text, I feel that i should treasure water more instead of wasting it because children who do not have clean water to drink are dying from diarrheal diseases. I would i like to challenge the fact that even though it may be a good news that drinking water sources have improved over the years but this does not mean that children and adults from poorer countries will stop drinking contaminated water. So, it is not totally a good news to the children.

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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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The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education

The Unaddressed Link Between Poverty and Education | Poverty Assignment by_Teo Jing Yi | Scoop.it

The authors ask, "So why do presumably well-intentioned policy makers ignore, or deny, the correlations of family background and student achievement?"

 

Helen F. Ladd is a professor of public policy and economics at Duke. Edward B. Fiske, a former education editor of The New York Times, is the author of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”


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Before reading this article, I already know that it is necessary for one to be educated if he/she want to step out of poverty. This article talks about how the poorer students gain disadvangtages at schools and how poverty is linked to education. After reading the article, i feel thankful that I have the chance to receive education in school as children from poorer families do not even get the chance to do so. I will like to challenge the fact that even though better teachers will want to work in schools that pay more but there are also passionate teachers who volunteer themselves to teach the poorer students.

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May's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:10 AM

From this article, I learnt that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. I had no knowledge of that before reading this. I thought that doing well or not depends on you and whether you study well. But then your lifestyle will surely affects on your studies as in your study environment can affect you when you study. I had actually thought of this possibility before, that one cannot study well in a good environment if one’s house is always full of worry over making both ends meet and concerning over how to survive the next day and your parents are always in a bad mood, how can you still study in this situation and do well in school?

May's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:10 AM

From this article, I learnt that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. I had no knowledge of that before reading this. I thought that doing well or not depends on you and whether you study well. But then your lifestyle will surely affects on your studies as in your study environment can affect you when you study. I had actually thought of this possibility before, that one cannot study well in a good environment if one’s house is always full of worry over making both ends meet and concerning over how to survive the next day and your parents are always in a bad mood, how can you still study in this situation and do well in school?

Zhiyang Liang's comment, January 28, 2014 10:42 AM
This article confirms what I thought before with a series of scientific data. May, I believe with your point the lifestyle of students from disadvantaged households is quite mess and will surely affect their studies. Although a poor child is aided financially by a charity to school, it is still quite hard for him to catch up. They actually have to spend a lot of time helping their families instead of study. And also their families are not have extra money for them to study at their early age and thus their foundations may be weaker than other students. And these will probably decrease their self-esteem and make them lack of interest in studies resulting in performing bad at school. If we want to give hands to those poor children, is not just to help them pay schools. How to help the poor effectively is a great learning which still needs people to find and explore.
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Better Nutrition in Food Aid Coming - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Better Nutrition in Food Aid Coming - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Poverty Assignment by_Teo Jing Yi | Scoop.it
Photo by Paul Alberghine, USDA/FAS The USDA announced that it is investing $8.5 million in six organizations to research, produce, and field-test new or improved...

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Before reading this article, I already know that many people are suffering from malnutritions in third world countries due to the lack of nutritious food. This article tells us that an organisation is investing a sum of money to provide nutritious food for the people who suffered from malnutrition in the third-world countries. After reading the article, I felt bless to have sufficient food to eat everyday and that i should prevent food wastage. I would also like to challange the fact that if the organisation is able to invest this large sum of money to improve food products, why shouldn't they just donate the sum of money to the poor people? It would have save a lot of time and effort in this way.

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L Soubikksha's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:46 AM

From the image above, I see three primary school kids, sharing a small table, that seems to be donated, proving that they might not have much money. Also, the small tables barely seems to be big enough to fit all three kids. I am glad that efforts are being made to help the poorer children with overcoming hunger and poverty. The fact that the USDA is willing to spend so much money is truly inspiring and I hope to see more companies who are gracious enough to devote their hard earned money and time to help these people. I am glad that they truly want to help, since the article says that the products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of the people in need. This makes me feel touched that there are people that actuallt care about these people in need. I wonder when will hunger and poverty end? Despite the money invested to help, I wonder if the products they produce are all that good.

L Soubikksha's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:00 PM

From the image above, I see three primary school kids, sharing a small table, that seems to be donated, proving that they might not have much money. Also, the small tables barely seems to be big enough to fit all three kids. I am glad that efforts are being made to help the poorer children with overcoming hunger and poverty. The fact that the USDA is willing to spend so much money is truly inspiring and I hope to see more companies who are gracious enough to devote their hard earned money and time to help these people. I am glad that they truly want to help, since the article says that the products are designed to meet the nutritional needs of the people in need. This makes me feel touched that there are people that actuallt care about these people in need. I wonder when will hunger and poverty end? Despite the money invested to help, I wonder if the products they produce are all that good.

Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:35 AM

The picture depicts three children eating healthily and they seem to be happy. The article tells us how the USDA is going to overcome the lack of nutrition in food products for the undeveloped countries like Cambodia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique and Tanzania. USDA invested in organisations to improve on the nutrition in food products so that it will meet the energy, nutrition needs for the people in the countries and prevent them from suffering malnutrition. In the undeveloped countries, people suffer from poverty and the food that they eat does not contain much nutrition. They do not have enough money to buy nutritional food and perharps they will buy processed food instead. Children will tend to fall sick easily and they need sufficient nutrients for their growth.  I felt that the USDA is doing a great job in helping the poor with their nutrition intake so that children, infants and women will not suffer from diseases like Kwashiorkor or Goiter. We should feel blessed and cherish the food we have by finishing our food, not wasting it.