Author: The Borgen Project

DES MOINES, Iowa — Peru has been one of the countries hit the hardest by COVID-19. With one of the world’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks, a significant portion of the population left unemployed and one of the tightest lockdowns, there is much to know about the COVID-19 pandemic in Peru. 5 Facts About COVID-19 in Peru Roughly 962,530 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peru by November 29, 2020. The country’s record of COVID-19 cases began in March and has remained high since then. Of Peru’s 32.51 million people, 35,966 deaths were confirmed by the end of November 2020. The largest spike…

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TACOMA, Washington — As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe and turn economies and healthcare upside down, the level of stability in systems of government around the world are being exposed— whether sturdy or fragile. Cambodia is one of the countries that has shown success in addressing COVID-19 in Cambodia, despite being known to have a weaker healthcare system and fewer resources than many other countries. Addressing COVID-19 in Cambodia While Cambodia has found success in controlling the outbreak of the virus, the developing COVID-19 crisis has and will continue to affect the entire population of Cambodia. Not only in…

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CHICAGO, Illinois — The Peace Corps is an independent, U.S. government-run agency. Across the world, Peace Corps volunteers impact communities with projects catered specifically to the country’s needs. Around 19% of volunteers serve in areas like Central and South America; however, 45% of volunteers serve in Africa. Of those volunteers, almost 4,800 have worked in Ghana. Peace Corps members work on projects involving community economic development, agriculture and AIDs relief. Through an interview with a former Peace Corps volunteer, this article will articulate the issues Ghana is facing along with the admirable successes of the country. Ghana: Fast Facts Ghana…

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SEATTLE, Washington — When donating to a charity people often wonder where their money is going. Is the charity using the money to help build a school or proper housing? Is the money feeding a family or going towards someone’s education? Donating to an organization or nonprofit is a great way to help alleviate poverty, but building a connection with others also helps. The nonprofit, Unbound, started an innovative way to show people the impact their donations make by creating friendships around the globe through pen pals. Unbound’s pen pal system has created lasting change in children and families in…

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SEATTLE, Washington — When Melinda Gates visited Tanzania, she shadowed a young woman named Anna throughout her day. Anna started her day at 5 a.m. and finished at 10 p.m. Her day mainly consisted of cooking, cleaning or retrieving resources, leaving little time for other opportunities. Anna is just one of many girls around the world that take on important but time-consuming domestic and caretaking tasks. In 2016, Bill and Melinda Gates published their annual letter, which discussed two superpowers the couple wished they had. Melinda Gates wished that she and women around the world had more time. Time poverty…

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GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The world has overlooked the value of women for a long time. As such, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed created Women Rise for All. The initiative connects influential women across different regions to examine how their leadership is shaping pandemic response and recovery. The U.N. launched the program on social media in April 2020. In September 2020, it hosted an event showcasing the progress that Women Rise for All has made since. Beginning Initiatives Starting simply as a way to share the achievements of female leadership, Women Rise for All has since developed into a global…

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TACOMA, Washington — Papua New Guinea is considered the most linguistically diverse place on the planet with around 850 different languages spoken throughout the country. While English is understood by most of the population, the country has two other official languages. One language is Tok Pisin, a Creole language based on English, the other is Hiri Motu, a pidgin variety of the Austronesian language Motu. Linguistic Diversity and Poverty The success of Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu has threatened Papua New Guinea’s linguistic diversity as more indigenous languages risk extinction when younger populations do not learn to speak them. Considered…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In 2016, 43 of the 50 “most murderous cities in the world” were located in Latin America and the Caribbean. The University of Southern California’s Center for Research on Crime developed a diagnostic tool to identify Caribbean youth at risk of engaging in antisocial behavior. The tool connected at-risk youth with targeted treatment based on their level of risk. In low and middle-income countries, youth gangs are commonly associated with high levels of violence and crime. The goal of prevention programs is to stop crime before it happens by dissuading youth from entering gangs and engaging in…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Actor, singer and activist Sofia Carson was appointed as an ambassador for UNICEF in October 2020. With the celebrity already having a voice to influence young people, Carson’s work with UNICEF encourages her to engage people all across the globe to support and become involved with the humanitarian organization. Ultimately, using her celebrity status, Carson can raise awareness about programs that will aid children and protect those most vulnerable. UNICEF’s Work and Impact UNICEF is an organ of the United Nations that works with more than 190 countries and territories. Its mission is to “save children’s lives,…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In October 2020, Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with Representatives Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), introduced a bicameral, bipartisan resolution. This resolution underscores the need for continued investments in the developing world in regards to agricultural development and improved nutrition, especially for children. The economic burden of COVID-19 has only heightened the need for these investments. The resolution highlights the significant success of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) decade-long global food security program, Feed the Future. Global Food Insecurity The Feed the Future resolution emphasizes the importance of food…

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