Author: The Borgen Project

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka — The Northern Province of Sri Lanka is slowly pulling itself to its feet, having withstood the worst of Sri Lanka’s civil war conflicts. The effects of war undoubtedly stunted the region’s globalization and left gaps in the personal development and skills of younger generations. Nowadays, it’s often necessary to move elsewhere to gain transformative experiences regarding employability. In response, there have been successful computing and coding initiatives, such as Yarl IT Hub and Uki. These organizations have empowered start-ups and other innovations and provided vital skills. Jaffna’s newest educational hub, the Flag Forum, focuses on offering the youth of…

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LONDON, United Kingdom — Childhood hunger remains a pressing concern in many regions and Belize is no exception. In a significant step toward addressing childhood hunger in Belize, the renowned fruit production company, Fyffes, has joined forces with the Belizean government. In fact, this collaborative effort aims to make a lasting impact on the well-being of young citizens, focusing on nutrition, education and community development. Belize’s Previous Efforts In June 2023, Belize’s Ministry of Health & Wellness launched the National Nutrition Policy 2022-2023 to address the growing concerns of malnutrition. With support from UNICEF and The Pan American Health Organization…

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SOMERSET, Massachusetts — Collaborating with Selena Gomez and releasing a new album helped Grimmie’s YouTube channel reach about 4 million subscribers, spotlighting her philanthropic efforts even posthumously. She supported charities like the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), produced a song addressing drug addiction and received numerous awards. Currently, her legacy lives on through the Christina Grimmie Foundation, established by Bud and Marcus Grimmie, which supports families worldwide during crises. The late singer-songwriter, actress and YouTube sensation Christina Victoria Grimmie (1994-2016) started her career in 2009 by posting cover songs on YouTube. Her performance on Season 6 of NBC’s…

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LAROSE, Louisiana — Peru is a beautiful nation that three distinct landscapes characterizes: the coast along the western portion, the Andes running vertically through the country and the rainforest making up the remaining area from the northeast to the southeast. Contrary to Peru’s beauty, the country has suffered political, social and economic challenges. The challenges, along with the landscape, created difficulties in developing all three regions at similar levels. This resulted in the Andes and Rainforest housing almost half of the population in poverty in 2021, with around 14% living in extreme poverty. Although poverty levels remain high, U.S.-Peru relations have…

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LONDON, United Kingdom — Innovations in poverty eradication in Guatemala are becoming increasingly critical as the nation grapples with challenging inequality and high poverty rates. Despite sustaining consistent economic growth in the last decade, with an average of 3.5% from 2010 to 2019, Guatemala faces severe challenges where 55.2% of the population lives in poverty. In fact, the poverty rate reaches up to 79% in Indigenous communities. Guatemala’s Current Situation Guatemala, known as the land of eternal spring, stands as Central America’s largest country by economy and population, with an estimated 17 million people in 2021 and a GDP of…

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EDINBURGH, United Kingdom — Nicknamed the queen of pop, Taylor Swift stands out as one of the biggest stars on the planet. The Eras Tour showcases her global appeal and widespread popularity. Yet, beyond her record-breaking success, Swift’s remarkable influence extends to boosting local economies wherever she goes, thereby contributing to the global fight against poverty. The Eras Tour Whether one is a Swiftie or not, it is likely they are familiar with The Eras Tour and the comprehensive experience it provides beyond the allure of live pop performances. The tour’s first international stop in Mexico City showcased its ambition,…

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LOS ANGELES, California — In rural India, significant strides are occurring to empower women through health education. Despite India’s rapid growth, these areas often lack access to adequate health care and education, with women particularly affected due to traditional gender roles and limited resources. However, the SWABHIMAAN and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) Program programs are a few notable examples of initiatives making a real difference. Challenges That Women in Rural India Face Women in rural India face significant challenges in accessing health care, which are rooted in both systemic and cultural factors. The lack of well-established health care infrastructure in…

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ELLENSBURG, Washington — On the morning of September 12, 2023, the seaside community of Wissant witnessed the arrival of one Gill Castle, a 43-year-old mother and stoma survivor, who is notable for helping U.K. and Kenyan women recover from stomas. Castle did not arrive by boat or plane; she arrived by the will of her own body, becoming the first person in history to swim the English Channel with a stoma. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Castle undertook this challenge to prove to herself that she was capable and also demonstrate that anyone with a stoma can accomplish anything…

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SAN MARCOS, Texas — Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), also known as Kala-Azar or “Poor Man’s Disease,” strives among the world’s poorest populations, with transmission occurring through the bite of infected female phlebotomine sandflies. As of January 2023, 50,000 to 90,000 VL cases occurred worldwide annually. This disease is connected with malnutrition, population displacement, poor housing, a weak immune system and a lack of financial resources. However, in October 2023, Bangladesh became the first country in the world to eradicate Kala-Azar, thus exterminating it as a public health problem. Bangladesh Before Eradicating VL The upsurge of VL found its bearing in “modern-day” Bangladesh, marking…

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REXBURG, Idaho — More than 33 million people are living in Peru. Of those 33 million, there are roughly 532,209 people affected by hearing impairments in Peru, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Information. Those who are affected by a hearing impairment may have a harder time succeeding in school and may find it difficult to maintain employment status. Children and Hearing Impairments Countries with limited resources are twice as likely to have hearing impairments in infants than high-resource countries. Similarly, school children living with low resources are four to seven times more likely to have a hearing impairment than those in…

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