Author: The Borgen Project

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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TOLLAND, Connecticut — Seychelles is an ocean archipelago of 115 islands located off the east coast of Africa. The small country of 97,625 also has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world. Experts predict it will be one of the first to successfully emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. A common tourist destination, the country’s strong vaccination campaign is crucial to reviving its struggling economy. The success of the vaccine rollout in Seychelles can provide a blueprint for other small countries to open their borders and restart their economies as the world slowly begins to emerge from the…

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Ever since Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman first met on the set of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” that aired in 2009, the two actors have been involved in a playful feud with one another. While this feud usually consists of entertaining fans by bickering and teasing each other online, the pair have also used their unique differences for charity purposes several times in the past. In December 2020, specifically, the actors agreed to a product selling competition to benefit the SickKids Foundation and the Laughing Man Foundation. Reynolds’ and Jackman’s feud has often been put aside for charitable…

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