Author: Jennifer Philipp

HAVANA, Cuba — Cuba manages to shine as a glowing example of the effectiveness of foreign aid as the world continues to combat the ongoing global pandemic. It ranked number one on the World Bank’s physicians per 1000 people charts in 2017 with 8.1. Cuba’s response to COVID-19 involves sending more and more Cuban medical professionals abroad each week to those countries that need it most. Cuba’s quick, internationally-minded answer to the pandemic embodies its history of providing medical aid abroad. It exemplifies how foreign aid can mean a world of difference in the face of crisis. Cuba’s “Medical Internationalism” Cuba…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The baseball world regards Mariano Rivera as an All-Star pitcher. In fact, he is the only player to be unanimously accepted into the MLB Hall of Fame. However, Rivera’s lesser-known achievements stem from his humanitarian work providing education to underprivileged children in both the United States and his country of birth, Panama. Rivera’s philanthropic work has earned him the ROBIE Humanitarian Award in 2014 as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019. The Mariano Rivera Foundation In 1998, he founded the Mariano Rivera Foundation to build schools, provide scholarships and generate relief funds for suffering people…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Born in Afghanistan in the midst of a civil war, Sonita Alizadeh’s advocacy for women’s liberation stems from her own experience. As far back as the early 1900s, progressive leaders have attempted to improve women’s status, raise the marriage age and abolish the price for brides, which was the heaviest household expense for rural communities. However, with interpretations of Islamic practices in Afghanistan varying regionally, attempts to modernize gender roles were heavily contested by those in favor of protecting their traditional, kinship-ordered, patriarchal social structure. A Brief History Because child brides and price represented a way to…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Among tennis fans, Roger Federer is a legend. He also understands the importance of education. Research shows that “if all children in developing countries” learned to read and write, it could reduce poverty around the world by 12 percent. In Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Namibia, Roger Federer is considered a beam of hope for children’s education. Roger Federer’s Foundation provides educational opportunities for children. Roger Federer’s Foundation The Federer Foundation began in 2004 by partnering with associations that care about the education of children in the Southern region of Africa and Switzerland, Federer’s home country.  Since its…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Taylor Swift is one of the world’s most famous pop artists. She has won 29 AMAs and 10 Grammys over the span of her 15-year career. Swift is one of the richest celebrities in the world with a net worth of around $360 million. In December of 2019, Taylor Swift also accepted Billboard’s Woman of the Decade Award. Along with her fame and success through music, the artist also takes part in several activities to help people around the world. Below are just some examples of Taylor Swift’s philanthropy. Benefit Concerts and Donations from Music Taylor Swift…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Even before the COVID-19 Pandemic, or coronavirus, became a household name worldwide, an inability to pay medical costs has long been a concern. This holds true in a surprising number of developed countries but is exponentially worse in developing countries where medical infrastructure is often of patchwork reliability. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed this concern stating, “Now, the virus [COVID-19] is arriving in countries already in the midst of humanitarian crisis caused by conflicts, natural disasters and climate change. They do not have homes in which to socially distance or self-isolate.” It is easy to…

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NAIROBI, Kenya — One of the most significant hardships for women living in developing countries is feminine hygiene. Kenyan women are no exception to this adversity. It impacts every community. Without proper education or resources to address feminine hygiene, many women in Kenya are susceptible to infections and other health risks. Menstrual cycles give girls in villages a monthly challenge and sometimes cause them to miss school, hindering educational development. Fortunately enough, there have been movements empowering women in Kenya through the use of reusable pads and the increase of menstrual education. Kept in the Dark In Kenya, 65 percent…

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NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS — Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 hurricane that hit the Bahamas on September 1, 2019, has killed at least 50 people and left 70,000 more requiring lifesaving assistance. There are several celebrities donating to Hurrican Dorian Victims. Elizabeth Dixon, a native Bahamian, gave an eye-witness account of the horrid conditions on the ground. She said that “There are dead animals and gasoline in the water… The clinic was so bad the toilet bowls were overflowing. The sewers are coming up… Bodies are in the harbor. It seems like we’re in a movie.” With an estimated 1,300 people…

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Corruption in Nigeria is largely upheld by the state and its institutions, all the way from the police force, to the federal and state executive councils. National officials believe the source of corruption lies in the economy of Nigeria’s natural resources, specifically oil and natural gas. Addressing the source of corruption is integral to both the political stabilization and economic growth of Nigeria. Here are 10 important facts about corruption in Nigeria. 10 Facts About Corruption in Nigeria Corruption in Nigeria is persecuted via the Criminal Code and the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act. Bribes,…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Australia, the world’s only country to encompass an entire continent, is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Australian residents have access to high-quality healthcare and above average incomes. The country is also home to unique living environments influenced by coral reefs, large deserts and coastal forests. Here are the top 10 facts about living conditions in Australia. Top 10 Facts About Living Conditions in Australia Healthcare – Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, contributing to its high average life expectancy of 83 years. Australia government administers its universal healthcare through tax…

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