Author: Jennifer Philipp

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since its foundation in 2012, the nonprofit Hope for Our Sisters has advocated for women and girls who suffer from obstetric fistula, which is a birthing injury that is the result of obstructed labor. The nonprofit is funding prevention programs including fistula education awareness, cesarean birth procedures and ultrasound programs. Hope for Our Sisters points towards poverty as being the primary cause of the worsening of women’s fistula injuries as families are not able to meet the cost of rehabilitative surgery or safe birth. Here is more information about how Hope for Our Sisters advocates for women…

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SAN DIEGO, California — Sri Lanka is facing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through lowered tourism rates, higher commercial prices and overwhelming medical systems. Sri Lanka is also experiencing an additional layer of hardship due to its unique economic reliance and leadership. In order to bring long-term resolution to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, Sri Lanka and the global community at large must take several steps. Economic Context Sri Lanka is a country that relies heavily on its agro-industry, more specifically in the yield of rubber, tea and rice. Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is partly due to the 2019…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Human trafficking involves using deceptive or forceful means to exploit people for profit. It is a large-scale human rights issue that affects 40 million people globally. Common methods to fight human trafficking center around early prevention and post-recovery before or after exploitation occurs. While the methods are valuable and necessary, they have limitations. Early prevention methods face difficulties gathering data on their impact and post-recovery methods are unable to stop exploitation. Transit monitoring is a relatively new anti-trafficking method providing a solution by intercepting potential victims after someone deceived or coerced them. Trained monitors look for signs…

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Many celebrities, amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, are looking to social media to help Ukraine by raising funds for Ukrainians and raising awareness of the situation. Some are supporting movements like #StandUpForUkraine while others are donating to the cause. The #StandUpForUkraine Movement The #StandUpForUkraine Movement is a social media campaign that started on April 8, 2022. Entertainment celebrities are using and urging others to use #StandUpForUkraine on their social media platforms as a way to urge “world leaders and institutions to launch funding for refugees in Ukraine and beyond.” The movement also referenced the Stand…

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RAYMOND, Maine — KwaZulu-Natal is a region of South Africa with the nation’s second-largest economy. However, during the week of April 11, the region experienced torrential flooding. KwaZulu-Natal’s floods have left no area or person unaffected and the region’s future appears bleak. With the help of the volunteers, military personnel and celebrities organizing relief efforts, the KwaZulu-Natal region will be able to get back up and running as effectively as possible. KwaZulu-Natal’s Flooding Damages KwaZulu-Natal’s floods have caused the deaths of many individuals. According to the updated numbers from April 20, the official count was 443 deaths, with 63 individuals…

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VANCOUVER, Canada — The Egyptian village of Nagrig lies not too far from the Nile Delta, a two and half hour drive on a dirt-trodden road to the capital of Cairo. With a population of 15,000, 65% of which live in poverty, it may be unthinkable that one of the world’s greatest athletes came from there. That is exactly why Mohamed Salah, Liverpool FC forward and Egyptian national, means so much not only to Egyptians, but all those looking to succeed despite the odds. Salah’s philanthropic work in Egypt aims to aid the unfortunate through improving clean water access, access to…

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VANCOUVER, Canada — On October 25, 2021, the Sudanese military, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, launched a coup against the Sudanese government. The military placed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest along with several civilian politicians that had compromised the joint military-civilian government of Sudan. In its immediate aftermath, al-Bruhan declared a state of emergency and ordered the shutdown of internet and phone networks. Protestors took to the streets, which led to military forces wounding 140 people in an effort to contain the demonstrations. The Sudanese coup came two years after overthrowing the 30-year rule of dictator Omar al-Bashir,…

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LAKEWOOD, Washington — Issues similar to internal government conflict, food and sanitation have exacerbated poverty in Afghanistan. The issues affecting the country have concerned the global community, pushing multiple organizations to provide foreign aid to reduce Afghan poverty in the country. The International Medical Corps (IMC) reported that 18 million Afghans, 10 million of whom are children, rely on humanitarian aid to survive. Soldiers from countries like the U.S. have witnessed firsthand the hardships that face Afghan citizens. The Borgen Project spoke with Nathanael Allcock, a United States Army veteran who deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Allcock stated that “One-hundred…

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NASHUA, New Hampshire — It seems sometimes that global poverty is an impossible issue to alleviate, especially when we become aware of the different forms of the suffering of so many people. However, it is inappropriate to ignore the various organizations that have contributed to the enrichment of so many impoverished communities with the hopes of promoting equity worldwide. Ripple Africa has done outstanding work in this field in Malawi in Africa and has made it its mission to empower struggling communities. With a focus on sustainability, Ripple Africa reduces poverty through its commitment to the environment, health care and…

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CASTLE ROCK, Colorado — Economic sanctions are a foreign policy tool used to change a targeted adversarial state’s behavior by lowering the targeted countries’ economic welfare. Policymakers often favor sanctions because they can pressure other countries aggressively without initiating war. What do sanctions look like? In practice, sanctions could be financial restrictions, international trade restrictions or both. Additionally, sanctions vary in severity and scope. Here is some information about sanctions including how sanctions impact poverty. Types of Sanctions Comprehensive sanctions are the most severe. It impacts the entire economy or the most significant industries within the targeted country. When the…

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