Author: The Borgen Project

COLUMBUS, Ohio —  Roughly 1.4 million people in Hong Kong were living below the poverty line before the COVID-19 pandemic began, which is the country’s highest poverty rate in nearly a decade. After the pandemic settled in the country, poverty rates have only gone up. The COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong has induced widespread job loss. Hong Kong, feeling the extensive effects of COVID-19, has found its impoverished people further stuck in poverty with new Hongkongers enduring poverty now too. COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong: Job Losses The unemployment rate in Hong Kong currently sits at 6.4%, which is the…

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SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut — Oxfam Mexico is part of the Oxfam confederation. The confederation partners work with humanitarian organizations to eliminate global poverty, inequality and hunger issues. These efforts are particularly significant during the pandemic as researchers estimate COVID-19 will push 150 million people into extreme poverty. Oxfam Mexico was founded in 1996 and focuses on decreasing inequality, gender-based violence and poverty. The organization works to achieve five rights that would help people live sustainable lives with basic social services, security and legal identities. In an interview with The Borgen Project, Oxfam Mexico Research Manager Diego Vazquez explained that the organization’s…

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FORT MYERS, Florida — Since the start of the pandemic, the U.S. government has committed more than $1 billion worldwide to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance to countries severely impacted by the pandemic. In particular, America has provided more than $22 million to Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to help combat the economic, security and health issues that have been amplified by the pandemic. This aid has been especially important as immigration and travel connect the entire region, thus making the health of each nation interconnected. Here is an in-depth look at how U.S. foreign aid in Central…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Water is a necessity for drinking, cleaning and hydrating animals and crops. It is needed all over the world. Access to safe water is becoming harder to come by as one in nine people lack access to safe water and one in three lack access to a toilet, according to Water.Org.  However, the Three Avocados is fighting the global water crisis and has made a significant impact. The Water Crisis Globally, 785 million people live without access to clean water. Many who lack clean water live in small rural areas where they have to walk hours to…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bulgaria, a country in the Balkans known for its sundry terrain, has made many strides over the past few decades in the area of economic growth. That said, poverty in Bulgaria is on the rise as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pulled the country’s economy back into a recession. For Bulgarians already affected by poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened their financial situations as job loss is increasing throughout the country. In the process of this widespread job loss, new Bulgarian households are now being affected by poverty too. In a country with a poverty rate lingering around…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio —  As COVID-19 continues to ripple throughout the world, poverty in Mexico is reaching record levels. With 45% of its population living in poverty, this percentage has drastically spiked since the onset of COVID-19. Comprised of 31 states and a federal capital, some areas of Mexico are being hit even harder by pandemic-induced poverty. Quintana Roo, for instance, saw a poverty spike of 23.1% as poverty jumped to 51.5% during the third quarter of 2020. COVID-19’s impact on poverty in Mexico is harsh but there are organizations working to improve the issue. Job Loss Intensifies Poverty In April…

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TACOMA, Washington — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scenic country of Wales has taken a hit. With almost a quarter of its people living in poverty before COVID-19, poverty in Wales continues to worsen as the economy declines due to pandemic conditions. Low-paid workers in Wales, comprising of the accommodation, food and beverage sector, have seen 78% of their jobs furloughed. By June of 2020, around 400,000 people in Wales had fallen behind on their bills. With a total population of 3.1 million, this group of people struggling to make ends meet makes up a greater part of…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The current restrictions in place to protect millions from COVID-19 have inversely affected businesses worldwide. In Asia, this has led to even greater impacts, causing high-risk frontline workers to become sick and leaving millions unemployed. This has shown to be particularly true for supply chain workers in the apparel, footwear and fashion accessories (AFFA) industry. This sector of business has been the most affected by the restrictions on production and shipping in Asia. To help alleviate the burden of such restrictions, U.S. apparel and footwear companies are working to improve jobs in Asia by partnering with USAID.…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The rising level of education and the recent financial difficulties in Southeast Asia have illuminated some of the region’s deficiencies in its healthcare systems. Private healthcare has heavily dominated the system and kept many people in poverty and unable to afford medical bills. This issue has only grown since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led several Southeast Asian countries to develop new systems that rely on a mixture of both public and private healthcare. Many of these have seen positive results for the poor. Healthcare in Southeast Asia can be a model system for…

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DES MOINES, Iowa — It is no secret that celebrities have a substantial influence on people, trends and popular culture. As popular figures, celebrities with avid fanbases stand a greater chance of getting people to notice and invest in a product. The same is true for high-profile donations to causes like global poverty and health relief. When someone famous offers their time, effort and wallet, it makes headlines. Donations help boost name recognition of receiving organizations, motivating fans to follow in the footsteps of their favorite artists. Celebrity donations to charity offer both publicity and support to nonprofits in need.…

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