Author: Staff Reports

SEATTLE — Marieme Jamme, a technology entrepreneur, is one of the 16 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders with a mission to help and encourage refugees and young girls learn how to code or, at the very least, prioritize education for themselves. As someone who only learned to read and write at the late age of 16, Jamme is an inspiration to the people she reaches out to. She was able to influence a population of nearly 250,000 people on a visit to Kakuma and the Kalobeyei settlement in northwestern Kenya as part of the education team. This visit is…

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SEATTLE — The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is characterized by internal conflict, chronic poverty, human rights violations and underdevelopment. Though there is no simple explanation for the DRC’s high rate of poverty or instability, there are five main factors that affect poverty in the DRC. Inadequate Use of Abundant Resources The DRC has enormous reserves of natural resources and the potential to become one of the richest African countries. Eighty million hectares of arable land and more than 1,100 minerals and precious metals constitute its potential for economic growth. However, only 10 million hectares of the DRC’s arable…

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SEATTLE — There are 1.3 billion people worldwide who lack access to energy. As the demand for energy increases, more and more fossil fuels will be required to meet these needs. There has been a shift in focus to renewable energy in order to help meet the energy needs of billions worldwide. Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber hailing from Sacramento, CA. Like many rock climbers, he has adopted a life of simplicity, often living out of his van in order to pursue his passions full-time. With the help of fellow climber Maury Birdwell, the Honnold Foundation was born,…

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SEATTLE — Sherry Ismail-Jailall grew up in Grove, Guyana in the 1970s and experienced food insecurity in Guyana firsthand. While meals consisting of rice, lentils, roti and vegetables were part of their everyday meals, what Ishmeil-Jailall and her siblings looked forward to most were the weekends where her parents treated them to meals where meat was the main component. She explained to The Borgen Project that “we were only allowed to eat [meat], like the other families we grew up with, on weekends every now and then. Most frequently, it would be Saturdays.” High Prices Created Difficulties for Impoverished Families Back…

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SEATTLE — The Bushmen are an indigenous people in the southern part of Africa. There are more than 100,000 living in the countries of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Angola. They have been living on this land for tens of thousands of years, where they continue to practice their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. They are known to have genetic ties to the earliest humans. However, because of misconceptions about African bushmen and their way of life, they have become targets of prejudice and mistreatment throughout the past several decades. Due to these misconceptions, the Bushmen were evicted from their land by the…

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SEATTLE — Violence and death have reigned in Nicaragua over the past several months, since President Daniel Ortega proposed a change to the country’s social security program on April 18. For a developing country where 30 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, this decision was devastating to many Nicaraguans, and has both exposed already existing poverty in Nicaragua and increased poverty for many. Nicaraguans immediately began protesting the decision in the streets and were met by police shooting into the crowds. Sixty people were killed in the initial protests, and as the reason for the…

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SEATTLE — The United States’ foreign assistance plays a major role in the international effort to alleviate global poverty. As arguably the world’s greatest power and political agenda setter, its decisions on foreign aid have major impacts throughout the globe. However, consistency and coordination among the more than 20 aid agencies have proven difficult when, every four to eight years, a new president is voted into office, bringing with them their own unique interpretation of how to orient their executive bureaucracy. The ephemeral nature of the bureaucratic system and the stark contrasts seen in presidential leadership in the recent past…

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World hunger is on the rise and more than 800 million individuals worldwide are undernourished. Certain countries are reporting dangerous levels of malnutrition, leading to international concern. Many of the 3 million individuals who call the West Asian country, Armenia, their home are facing food insecurity. Despite mild economic improvements over the past few years, malnutrition and food insecurity levels have not fallen. Listed below are the top 10 facts about hunger in Armenia. Top 10 Facts About Hunger in Armenia Six percent of the Armenian population were undernourished in 2015. Undernourishment results from a sustained low level of food intake. In…

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SEATTLE — Over the past few decades, an ethnic group known as the Rohingya has been subject to extreme poverty and inhumane persecution in southeast Asia. They are barely recognized as citizens in Myanmar, an area of the world that they have been indigenous to for centuries. Left nearly stateless, they fled to neighboring Bangladesh for refuge. The years of essential homelessness and persecution in the form of forced relocation, rape and murder have prompted many organizations to provide aid to the Rohingya. One such group is called BRAC, and its track record speaks for itself. The Effectiveness of BRAC’s…

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SEATTLE — In South Africa, a mobile messaging application is helping millions of people improve their health. Hi4Life, short for Health Information for Life, gives South African people access to education about health issues and preventing sexually transmitted diseases, particularly the spread of HIV/AIDS. South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. Hi4Life experts answer user questions and share information to educate the public on ways to protect themselves. It also provides information about self-care during pregnancy, care of infants and major health issues for men and boys. More than three million people use the application. Hi4Life App…

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