New York Times-Is It Crazy to Think We
Can Eradicate Poverty? By Annie
At a news conference during the spring
meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in late April,
Jim Yong Kim held up a piece of paper with the year “2030” scribbled on it in
pen. “This is it,” said Kim, the genial American physician who took over as
president of the World Bank last summer. “This is the global target to end
poverty.” Read the entire article.
Wall Street Journal-- Hunger Plunges Everywhere in SoutheastAsia, Except the Philippines By Eric Bellman
The total number of chronically hungry people in Southeast Asia has
plunged by close to 70 million in the last two decades thanks to economic
growth and policies to feed the poor, but the number of people that
regularly go to sleep with their stomachs growling in the Philippines has
actually grown. Read more.
We have been supporters of Safe Passage for the past four years. Scott
visited their operations in Guatemala this past week. We are now even more thrilled to support this wonderful
organization. Here is some information from the organization’s website.
Safe Passage enables the children enrolled in our
program to attend Guatemalan public school by providing financial support to
cover costs of enrollment, school supplies, and uniforms. Read more.
New York Times—Before a Test, a Poverty of Words By Ginia Bellafante
Not too long ago, I witnessed a child, about two months shy of 3, welcome the return of some furniture to his family’s apartment with the enthusiastic declaration “Ottoman is back!” The child understood that the stout cylindrical object from which he liked to jump had a name and that its absence had been caused by a visit to someone called “an upholsterer.” Read more.
Washington Post:Report finds pockets of child poverty among emerging D.C.
In the District’s Edgewood neighborhood, abandoned warehouses,
barbed-wire fences and the swooping lines of graffiti on buildings are visible
just across the street from a bustling shopping center and new luxury
apartments. Development cropping up in the adjacent, gentrifying community of
Brentwood has done little to change the plight of many of Edgewood’s longtime
residents, especially children, according to a report prepared for release
Thursday by DC Kids Count, a non-profit research and advocacy group. Read more.
The income gap between the rich and
everyone else is large and getting larger, while middle-class incomes stagnate.
That's raised concerns that the nation's middle class isn't sharing in economic
growth as it has in the past. And it sparked the Wall Street protests that
spread to other cities in the country.
Where they stand:
President Barack Obama would raise taxes on households earning more
than $250,000 a year, plus set a minimum tax rate of 30 percent for those who
earn $1 million or more. He also wants to spend more on education, "a
gateway to the middle class."
Republican Mitt Romney blames Obama's
economic policies for failing to create enough jobs so that middle- and
lower-income Americans can earn more. He wants to cut taxes more broadly and
says that will generate enough growth to raise incomes for all Americans. Read more.
India has the unfortunate distinction of having the largest number of
victims of child labour, bonded labour and trafficking engaged in hazardous and
exploitative situations. BBA receives complaints from parents and gathers
information from various sources about such children, rescues them with the
help of government authorities, and reunites them with their families. Read
I hate making mistakes, especially ones that are preventable. I recently left my phone charger in my
hotel room in Chicago. This was
after I carefully checked the room.
I thought about calling the hotel but I figured the charger would not be
turned in. I started using an old charger
so I was pretty well set (though the old charger was on its last legs). When I
was back in Chicago a few weeks later and near the hotel, I wondered if I could
get my charger back. We stopped by
the hotel and much to our surprise, the hotel had logged in that I had left my
charger in my room and I was able to get my charger back. Actually they gave me another charger
that someone left. I hope I don’t
have your charger.
New York Times—Turning Up the Volume on Global Poverty By Jon Pareles
Cranked-up guitars and sobering
statistics shared a Central Park audience of more than 60,000 people on
Saturday at the Global Citizen Festival, a five-hour concert on the Great Lawn
devoted to ending extreme poverty worldwide. The concert was also webcast
internationally. Read more.
New York Times-- Yum Brands Puts Focus on Hunger Relief By Andrew Adam Newman
CORPORATE philanthropy may seem straightforward, with companies cutting checks to grateful charities, then receiving nothing but plaudits from consumers and the media. That was far from the case in 2010, however, with Buckets for the Cure, when KFC announced that for about five weeks it would serve its chicken in pink buckets and donate 50 cents for every bucket sold to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Read more.
New York Times—Intangible Dividend of Antipoverty Effort: Happiness by Sabrina Tavernise
When thousands of poor families were given federal housing subsidies in the early 1990s to move out of impoverished neighborhoods, social scientists expected the experience of living in more prosperous communities would pay off in better jobs, higher incomes and more education. Read more.
Today we feature Children of Americas. My sister told me about this cool organization for which
doctors volunteer. Here is some
information from its website.
Children of the Americas, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to
providing medical and surgical services to indigent children and their
families in rural Guatemala. Since 1987 the corporation has identified medical
needs of patients through volunteer medical/surgical mission teams and by
referrals from other agencies. The teams of volunteer staff provide medical,
dental and surgical services on-site in Central America within the realm of our
expertise. Read more.
There is a neat Mexican place down the street from us that
sells 99 cent tacos on Wednesdays.
We went two weeks ago, and the cost for both of us was $6 without
tip. We headed there this week,
but unfortunately the place had some trouble with the grill so they were
closed. With tacos on our minds,
we needed to find another Mexican place.
We learned how good our 99 cent taco deal was when we ended up spending
$21 more this week. A simple meal
of tacos became a meal of tacos (more expensive at this other place), guac and
drinks. We need to keep it simple. 99 cent tacos next week…