Author: The Borgen Project

South Africa — In Gqeberha, the largest city in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, many people face significant challenges, such as high unemployment rates and limited access to quality education. In 2021, the Eastern Cape had the highest unemployment rate in the country at 47.1%. Amid these challenges, there is a beacon of hope: Ubuntu Pathways. The organization has quietly revolutionized poverty alleviation through its innovative Cradle to Career model. The model offers comprehensive support to vulnerable children and families. Unlike conventional aid programs, Ubuntu Pathways, formerly Ubuntu Education Fund, not only provides temporary relief but also creates lasting change. It addresses…

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NEW DELHI, India — Turkmenistan is a forgotten nation that eludes the tongues of kids in geography class, even though it is home to 7 million people. Bordered by Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and the Caspian Sea, it has suffered a decimation of human rights, employment and the economy under its totalitarian regimes, leading to several food and economic crises despite being unknown and isolated. Here is more information about the poverty and food crisis in Turkmenistan and what the country’s government is doing to address it. Political Landscape Politically, the people have been bereft of democracy throughout history. After the Soviet…

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ABBOTS LANGLEY, United Kingdom — In the Budaka District of Eastern Uganda, 27-year-old Sharon lives with her family of six children. Before the birth of her most recent child, most of the children suffered from various preventable medical conditions, from malaria to malnourishment. However, during her sixth pregnancy, Sharon received help and advice from a family care group established by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by mothers selected from the community. Since then, the group has taught Sharon some of the crucial skills necessary to help her children get through their first five years of life, including…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In the heart of South America, Paraguay’s prisons face a growing health crisis that demands urgent attention: tuberculosis (TB). With overcrowded cells and insufficient health services, these institutions have become breeding grounds for the infectious disease. The alarming spread of tuberculosis in Paraguay prisons not only endangers inmates but also poses a significant public health risk to the broader community. The Borgen Project spoke with Dr. Thomas DaSilva, a physician, to obtain general background information on TB. Then, using this knowledge, The Borgen Project explored the conditions fostering this outbreak and the critical measures needed to combat it effectively.…

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BATH, United Kingdom — Poverty poses a significant challenge in Kenya, especially for women in marginalized communities. Inequality in the labor market, limited participation in decision-making and gender disparities in access to resources stand as contributing factors to the issue. The Poverty Context According to World Bank data, as of 2016, approximately 36% of Kenya’s population lives below the poverty line, with rural areas experiencing higher poverty rates than urban centers. Traditional gender roles in many Kenyan communities restrict women’s participation in economic activities, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. As of March 2023, women were the poorest group in Kenya,…

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LOS GATOS, California — The 2030 Agenda aims to combat several issues globally. It is an agreement that multiple countries, headed by the United Nations (U.N.), made in 2015 to commit to a list of global improvements, including abolishing world poverty. What Are the Goals of the 2030 Agenda? The 17 goals or “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” are the guidelines provided by the U.N. that ensure the most effective way to reduce and eradicate poverty. The goals are as follows: End poverty globally End hunger globally, ensure food security, quality nutrition and sustainable agriculture Ensure positive health and well-being for everyone Provide…

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MISSISSAUGA, Canada –- Vocational training is a long-running practice that has been greatly strategized in European countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. It emphasizes the hands-on training methods for various education and skill development disciplines. Here is information about the power of vocational education in South Asia. The Power of Vocational Education Vocational education in South Asia has proven instrumental in productivity for the South Asian workforce. It has even supported economic and social development for families living below poverty or individuals who cannot easily access higher education. Regardless of one’s educational background, a steady income is needed for…

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TAMPA, Florida — The End Tuberculosis (TB) Now Act of 2023 (H.R.1776 and S.288) was introduced in both houses of Congress in early 2023. It aims to direct the resources of the United States (U.S.) to diagnosing, preventing and treating TB around the world. Specifically, the Act hopes to reduce TB deaths and improve existing TB treatment plans. This will be achieved through collaboration with organizations and initiatives on the ground. TB was initially declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 1993. Yet, the disease continues to pose a serious problem even 30 years…

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LONDON, United Kingdom — The Balkans, a region in Southeast Europe comprising countries like Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria is one of the focal points where people on the move, coming from countries like Syria or Iraq, try to enter the European Union (EU) in search of a better life. People on the move’s precarity includes physical and material privations during their journey in the Balkans. The Borgen Project interviewed Barbara, head of communication for No Name Kitchen (NNK), a movement founded in 2017 that seeks to help  people on the move, mainly outside formal refugee camps. The Situation in the Balkans The Balkan route…

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BERKELEY, California — Hidden in Colombia’s Pacific coastline, Buenaventura is a busy port town named after the Spanish phrase for good fortune. However, in contrast to what the name might allude to, extreme poverty and steady violence have overtaken this town of more than 370,000 residents. Amid all the hardship, a community sanctuary, Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space, strives to resist ongoing challenges and provide hope for its citizens. With 60% of Buenaventura’s population living in extreme poverty, and the city ranking among the most dangerous in Colombia, the sanctuary is a lifeline for those in need.  The History of Violence…

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