Author: Mackenzie Fielder

Mackenzie is from Lincoln, NE. Her academic interests include English and ethnic studies. Mackenzie played select softball for 10 years and was the first-string pitcher for her team when they placed third at USSSA National Tournament in Topeka, KS.

SEATTLE — Issues with climate change and a lack of available work are plaguing the Marshall Islands. According to CNN, the Marshall Islands is just one of many countries that “likely will be submerged or become uninhabitable if global temperatures rise two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.” With these issues becoming a greater threat to the Marshallese, it’s important that action is taken now to prevent any disastrous effects. There are a few ways to help people in the Marshall Islands. The first solution is to reduce the amount of pollution being produced. This is no small task, but minor…

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SEATTLE — Zambia has been looking for a way to improve the learning conditions in its classrooms because literacy rates are low. The country’s poverty makes it difficult to invest in high-quality education for its youth. In rural Zambian classrooms especially, qualified teachers and supplies are hard to come by. Impact Network believes it has found a solution for Zambian classrooms. It created a program called eSchool 360 which provides teachers with a tablet and projector to “deliver e-learning lessons, using an interactive curriculum that moves away from traditional rote learning.” Along with the materials, teachers receive proper training and feedback…

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GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala is a country in Central America, has the continents highest population which causes many of its citizens live in extreme poverty. There is quite a bit of foreign influence on Guatemala’s commodities and media. Despite this influence, the country works hard to maintain its rich Mayan background by celebrating their day of independence from Spain, keeping religious customs and eating traditional foods such as fiambre which is “a salad made from cold cuts, fish and vegetables.” The exchange rate from the Guatemalan currency Quetzal to the dollar is 0.13712. With these conditions, what is the cost of…

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SEATTLE — Saint Lucia is a small but beautiful island in the Caribbean. The island stretches only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is divided by mountains. Since gaining independence in 1979, the country has struggled to remain economically stable as its agricultural production was depleted multiple times. It has also had a carousel of governments in recent decades. Currently, one of St. Lucia’s biggest issues is hunger. In an attempt to combat hunger in Saint Lucia, the government created the School Feeding Program. One of the goals of this program was to plant gardens near 13 primary…

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GUINEA — The Ebola outbreak that took place in Guinea beginning during 2013 showed how unprepared and weak the country’s health care system was. Not only was the number of cases too much to handle for Guinea’s hospitals and clinics, but health care workers were an easy target for the disease. From 2014 to the beginning of 2016 there were at least 3,300 cases of Ebola in Guinea. With each of Guinea’s hospitals and clinics failing to keep up with the number of Ebola cases, other essential services became unavailable during this time. In 2015 alone, Guinea saw nearly 679…

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MAJURO — The United States controlled the Marshall Islands after World War II, up until the Compact of Free Association was signed in 1983. In 1986, the Marshall Islands became a sovereign nation under the agreement that the United States would be allowed to test missiles on the Kwajalein Atoll and be the Marshall Islands’ main source of security and defense. The United States Having the support and the protection of the United States would lead many to believe that the Marshall Islands would be a thriving republic, but that is not the case; the occupation and presence of the…

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