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"poverty" A SUBJECT November 12, 2007 5:16 AM

Education alone can not help eradicating poverty. In order to solve poverty need resources. Resources does not mean roads, schools, or bridges rather need jobs for people to earn and feed. Government policies need to be such rural and urban population population gets enough resources for survival.
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 September 02, 2005 11:44 PM

Those were some really good posts! 

~ There is so much wealth, that if just a tad was 'shared' with those who 'need' i.e. 'balanced'...there would be no proverty.

Athough I am not a per'se 'organized religious christian' the one thing I do remember about the Bible was...something about it was easier for a man to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to Heaven (or something like that)...

It's a sad thing...but how many folks have you heard on their 'death bed' worry about their money???  That's when they start to worry about where their soul's traveling, 'eh?

Alot of times when I'm stopped and giving money to someone on the side of the road (in my little 'old honda)...I see all these folks in their real expensive cars...just turn and look away...What's a few dollars to them, or why can't they run across the street and grab them a hamburger or something???  Or if you're at a check out line, why not hand he mother (with the kids) some money as you hurriedly walk out the door; drop some canned foods at someone's home; leave some money/supplies/clothes at school for teacher's to give to students who can use them...These are just little bitty simple things...but are very large things to some folks, 'eh?

These folks are 'out there in our faces' everyday we pass them, 'eh?  Yes, I believe in helping major things...but what about some of the folks right around us...who are really trying???  Maybe offer to babysit a mother who's working two jobs and trying to support her kids; not the ones laid up in bed on welfare that's not trying...Maybe help to fill a prescription/medicine, take the child to the dentist; run errands for the little 'ole lady across the street???

~ Anyway, it's very late (1:44 am)...I'm sleepy, but that's just some of my thoughts and the things I try to do...It's not much by no means, but if enough of us do goes a long way, 'eh? 



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Clean Water Key To Fighting Poverty August 24, 2005 8:48 AM

African Ministers Say Clean Water Key To Fighting Poverty

August 24, 2005 — By Mattias Karen, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water is threatening to undermine U.N. efforts to fight poverty, hunger and disease in Africa, ministers and experts said Tuesday.

While international aid is helping to bring food and medicine to many African nations, the issue of poor sanitation -- which affects an estimated two-thirds of the continent -- has been largely neglected and left to local villages and towns, according to the water ministers of Uganda, Ethiopia and Lesotho.

"Children pass away every other minute because they don't have access to clean water," said Maria Mutagamba, Uganda's water minister and chairwoman of the African Ministers Council of Water. The ministers were among hundreds of experts and politicians gathered in Stockholm to discuss global water management.

Mutagamba, along with Ethiopia's water minister Shiferaw Jarso and Lesotho's counterpart Mamphono Khaketla, are heading the African Ministers' Initiative on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, AMIWASH, which aims to bring safe water and better sewage systems to the poverty-stricken continent.

"There is no one international organization that looks at (water sanitation)," Jarso said at a news conference.

Roberto Lenton, chairman of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, said clean water is key to meeting the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000 with the aim of halving poverty by 2015.

"If you're able to address water and sanitation targets at the same time, you make a major contribution to the other Millennium Goals as well," Lenton said. "While water is life, sanitation is dignity."

Only four out of 10 villagers in Africa have access to a latrine, and the content of many existing latrines is dumped into the same rivers or streams used for drinking water.

And while African women are forced to choose between using the little existing water to cook, bathe or flush the toilet, "the choice is obvious," Khaketla said. "You'd rather use it to cook."

Source: Associated Press

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Rx for Child Survival Campaign August 21, 2005 10:16 AM

Rx for Child Survival Campaign 10:10 AM

About the Rx for Child Survival Campaign

As you join us in exploring global health — through the Rx for Survival television series, this Web site, or our community activities — we believe the stories you hear will move you to respond on three levels. First, as citizens of a global community, in which disease recognizes no geopolitical boundaries, you'll be more aware of the reasons that good health is in Americans' and all world citizens' self-interest. Second, you'll want to learn more and tell others what's important to you about global health issues. Third, you'll want to reach out to improve health both at home and for people around the world. To give you a quick and easy way to respond on all three levels we've created Rx for Child Survival, a campaign to raise awareness and give kids a fighting chance at life.

Why Focus on Child Survival?

As the Rx for Survival television series and stories here on the Web site make clear, there is a growing crisis in global health. And while we think it's important that you learn about the range of health issues the world faces, tackling all of these problems would be a daunting challenge. Child survival, though, is one global health challenge about which every American can quickly and easily make a dramatic difference. Millions of children die between birth and age 5 each year who would have a good chance at life if they had access to five basic and inexpensive health interventions:

  • Vaccinations to fight childhood diseases, including measles and tetanus
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Additionally, where it is appropriate, there are significant health values in mothers breastfeeding their infants.

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Let your friends, relatives and others know that you care about these issues by sending an E-postcard and linking to us from your web sites.

Our fervent hope is that by offering you the tools to get involved, we can shift the world's understanding and leave a legacy that reminds us all that through the power of many voices, we can make our shared planet a stronger and healthier place.

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Hello June 18, 2005 9:14 AM

I agree that education is the only way to stop all of the bad things around us. Too many people are ignorant of the facts these days. Whether it is because they don't want to hear it or it isn't being said. When I was in high school we had sex education, we had health classes, ect. The facts of how Aids was spread, how to prevent infection, ect. was force fed down our throats. But, I think education must start even earlier. By the time alot of kids reach highschool, the have already begun having sex. Parents need to play a bigger role, I know mine didn't tell me a thing about sex. What I learned, I learned in school from other kids or teachers, ect. This is fine in a place like New York, where I live. Most everyone can and does go to school. Education is something we have freely here and take for granted alot of the time. We have newspapers, books, television, seminars. We have so much and we just throw it away. I say this as my personal opinion and hope it is not offended. I am starting to realize all that I have, the more I see what others don't. And, it makes me angry that people here complain about not having a nice enough car, a big enough house, the fanciest meals, ect.  I mean I am sure that in Africa, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, ect. people would live and die for an hour of education and they have. People die for food. People die for the things we are given freely. We need to brake tradition, get out of the box and embrace that sometimes we need to shout very, very load. Sometimes, there is no other way to get it done. As, I said this is my opinion, as an American. If we all work together, we can find solutions. I think this group, the one campaign and what it stands for will make a huge difference in the world. I know from a personal standpoint I have sat still and quite for far to long. How can we educate those not being educated? Any suggestions would be welcome. I am still very new to this Campaign and am learning more. I want to do something though. Sorry for the tangent. I don't always say things the best way, but I had o say this.

Thanks, Mena  

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TM June 17, 2005 6:22 PM

Can you please post the link to Leo`s Angels? It seems finding it is not that easy. Thanks.  [ send green star]
 June 16, 2005 1:27 PM

Ron I for one reading your post never got the impression you wanted to mess w/tradition! I believe in tradition hold many sacred and dear.Time brings change and education. To save lives hopefully will not be anyones idea of breaking tradition! Aids won't honour anybodys traditions.Educate! There is a good post about condom ads from Ginger in Leo's Angels another Care 2 group you may all want to check out! We would love you to check out the great discussion!  [ send green star]
 May 21, 2005 12:08 AM

Okay I understand better what you mean.And in some places in Africa unfortunately it is actually illegal to treat people for AIDS! Happily some Drs./clinics try by saying they are treating for something else and doing the most they can. Lord there is so much to be done!  [ send green star]
aids May 19, 2005 11:25 AM

The AIDS crisis can be eradicated if driugs were made available to people who needed them.  It need be a pandemic no longer.  Did you know that in Cuba people are successfully being treated for AIDS?

Tm, I think what you are asking is how we can stop the spread of AIDS.  I was just talking about the cure, not the prevention.  It would take educating the people of the affected countries, including right here at home, in practicing safer sex and being careful about other ways in which the infection/virus can be spread.  Either way, AIDS would be just another STD, instead of the big killer of our time.

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 May 18, 2005 11:16 PM

Okay I am in danger of a tangent here so i Must try and tread lightly! One thing I feel is if you are hungry it doesn't matter if you are in Los Angeles,Nairobi,Sintra,you're hungry! I have been "burned" donating before too,try and check the organization out or give in your own community where you can see your $ at work!Better still do what was in another thread and take a bag of food to someone you know who is in need it's all done by you start to finish.It's abhorent to me that people can't even be honest when working on a charitable effort but we all know it's true but please don't let it make you so jaded that you give up!Another wonderful way to give is volunteer your time,some organizations actually get govt. funds for your time,like  a matching grant.And you get the instant gratification of seeing your efforts at work.

 And speaking of matching grants I am an american but sent my tsunami donation to the Canadian Red Cross because for induvidual donations received by a certain date they were matching your amount,pretty generous and groovy! I know there has been some"bad press" re. red Cross but i believe they do amazing work!I know as a teenager  when we were evacuated from our homes for a flood  the Red Cross was  amazing they housed fed,and gave us clothes all without making us feel embarrassed or uncomfortable,at least that was my impression! And recently gave transportation to a man here in Ak. to go to his terminally ill mother.He needed help as he is an independent subsistance hunter/fisherman! So I guess I am trying to say I am happy to support them esp. since I have been a recipient of their generosity and seen the work they do up close!

  Ted I am a little confused about your comment on aids being erradicated  because of pharmecy prices?I mean I get the idea but how is that the cure?

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pandemics May 14, 2005 3:43 PM

Did you know that AIDS could be eradicated in Africa and all over if the pharmaceutical companies agreed to take a in a slightly smaller profit? We`re talking people`s lives here.  [ send green star]
On the news today May 13, 2005 5:51 PM

Another point I fogot to mention. AIDS. Sawziland is in real danger of being wiped out, it's people at least. AIDS has a very strong foothold in the small nation and at least EVERY family has someone who has contracted the virus or has died of it. 38% of the populus are carrying the disease. Poverty causes ignorance in a way. Most of the people believe that white people just talk about AIDS, that it does not exist in Swaziland but people are dying daily and even those who could possibly be treated, either are too ill, too undernourished or simply too poor to get the medicines to help. The virus is being passed from parent to child and if this continues, there will be no end. I don't know what could be done except to educate the people and have their king set an example. He has 11 wives so the male population feel they too must also take extra wives/girlfriends to keep in with tradition, but transmission of the disease is most virulent witn many sexual partners. I don't wish to be seen to be interfering with long held traditions but in order to stop a pandemic, education would seem the only solution.... Ron  [ send green star]
Fingers burned May 13, 2005 5:43 PM

We [my wife and I] are very dubious when we see some charities appealing for donations. We were big givers [when I was earning enough] but twice we had our fingers burned. Locally [not poverty] a friend's flat [apartment] had burned down. Fortunately she and her children were not there at the time but they lost everything. A local person began an appeal to help raise funds to replace everything lost. This person stole the monies raised. Then we had someone come round, claiming to be from the Red Cross. They were collecting clothes and similar that would sent to the poor in Asia and the better collateral would be sold to raise funds and we would see the results in our local paper. We saw the results alright. A headline about people cheating charity and below the byline, the photo of the two persons who had been canvassing. Shortly after, around three weeks, my wife and I were out shopping and saw a man wearing a jacket I had given. Obviously not to be sent abroad, it would serve no purpose to a poor man/family. I approached the guy and said something like 'nice jacket, musta cost a packet'. It did! A guy had sold it to him in a pub for 200 quid. I told the guy where it came from and he actually offered to give it back to me, GIVE, but I declined. He told me he'd find the fella and.... well, whether he did or not, I've no idea but we never heard of them again. So, when all these appaeals begin, one wonders. There is a doubt that hangs in your mind, a certain mistrust but moreover, even with genuine charities, as you mentioned, there seems to be so so much bureaucracy and administration and to top it off, when aid IS sent to somewhere such as Africa or Asia, the ruling people seem somehow to get it first. This peeves me so. I look at Rwanda, Somalia, Angola, places where war is a constant and STILL millions are dying, starving while the leaders are able to buy more arms, top of the range motor cars and lavishly built palaces. So much greed topped with a complete disregard for fellow human beings who are suffering so. In my first post, I tended to centre on the African dilemma. I realise too that poverty can and does strike anywhere and quite indiscriminantly, as another poster said, but, in a country where overpopulation is not a huge problem; where there is a good economic balance and where the thought of starving people is abhorrent and realistically, unexpected, I suppose I'm a wee bit guilty of overlooking the fact that the problem is universal and NOT nailed down to one class or type of people. I know it's there, I've seen it, even here in Britain where money seems to haemorrage from every orifice [not mine] but I think you know what I'm trying to say and don't wish to seem to be offending any group etc. That said, I reiterate the call, 'A MANY FACETED VOICE IS LOUDER THAN A SINGLE VOICE' Hmm, what a great slogan, just made it up, anyway, that's why I believe that is doing the right thing, laying the trail for others to follow. It's all about appplication; how one applies THEMSELVES to helping eradicate the problem as opposed to chucking bucketfuls of cash at it. We'll have to see what we can do as a group, pitched at the four corners of the world, all with a central goal to aim at.With the G8 summit coming up in Scotland [next month I think], we should ensure our voice is heard and lobbied those in attendance with a VERY LOUD MESSAGE "DON'T SHOOT THE PEOPLE, FEED THE PEOPLE..." Hmm, good slogan, just made that up too, he he. More thoughts from anyone else? Good to see my friends here, make yourselves known, let your voices be heard, "a whisper may get to everyone, eventually, but a shout hit's the spot everytime..." [Hmm, I did it again.... thanx to all those who've added their weight to the campaign by joining Ted's forum, now for action.... Ron  [ send green star]
Ron May 13, 2005 11:08 AM

I applaude what you are doing, my man. On the donation question, I must admit that I am leary of giving because of numerous scams that have taken place here in Canada. It seems that a small fraction of the money given actually goes to the people it should go to. As with the tsunami, corrupt government officials seem to control the distribution of money in their country, not very dissimilar to our way here, except that the money in developing countries is much more needed. I seem to trust the ONE group more. I hope this is the start of something great. Thanks Ron, you`re a great inspiration  [ send green star]
Agreed Ted May 11, 2005 5:18 PM

Right, I already wrote out this message and as I sent it, it vanished so I will try and rewrite but memory is not good so bear with me.... I agree with your first comments. Stars get wheeled out onto TV and start begging for money, this appeal/campaign is different, as you pointed out, they're not after our money only our voices, a concept probably acceptable to most, real thinking people. Most people see these stars who earn vast amounts of money and seem to be put off by them asking for money. Obviously, whatever donations the stars make are none of our business and if they wanted to say, maybe they would. I'm registered with website and look in at least once a week to see how things are progressing as well as recieve the odd update. In my experience, I have found many people to be totally apathetic to charitable organisations, especially when it concerns the African continent, why, I have no idea really, only that much money and other aid has been pumped into Africa and yet the problem remains. So the public refrain from giving their 'hard earned' to those who have only themselves to blame as they see it. Naturally, I do not see it that way. In fact, it is the bureaucracy there that is probably the chief cause, not the people. I have heard it said on many occasions, "why bother, we can't see what's happening, out of sight, out of mind". This seems to be a popular trend as far as African charities go and that's a sad testimony to our so-called civilised societies. No-one ever actually stops to think "what if that were us?" Of course, people no longer think like that, especially in the Western world, UK,USA etc. Today's world revolves around "me me me, what is good for me and never mind anyone else, they're not our problem." But, what people forget is, these charities survive on donations alone [and some tax relief] but they are not requesting lots of pounds or dollars from each person, a few pennies each can make one helluva of difference. The tsunami appeal proved as much with British and American people respeonsible for the largest donations. People power works, not just money. That's why can work. People power. To stamp out poverty once and for all, won't be helped by chucking loads of money at it, that has been happening for decades and the problem still exists. One voice is a mere cry in the wilderness. A host of voices AS one voice, is louder still and CAN make a difference. The idea for this site is a good one. As Care2 is a community with mostly caring people, it could work well in tandem with once a grounded infrastructure is initiated and everyone knows what is happening and what they can all do to help. Africa will not go away. Ignoring it will not feed the millions still starving and dying as day after day passes. There are many other organisations worldwide that could become involved and building an ever stronger foundation to aid the African based volunteers and charities. We have televised events bi-yearly in Britain, Comic Relief, whereby comedy stars give up their time in order to cajole the public to donate. On the broadcast, short films are shown describing where the money goes, the people involved, the people who desperately need the help, our help. In the last broadcast, some months back, a film was shown of a small girl whose father had died of AIDS. Her mother was dying of AIDS. The girl was three years old and was tending to her mother [washing/feeding etc.] daily and alone. I was completely taken with her. Such bravery/courage and without any whinging like we see kids today who invoke the irrepressible scream because Mum says no crisps [chips] today. You know what I mean. This little girl tended and nursed her mother all day long. She walked to the well, some miles away, for water. She swept their little hut constantly and then scratched around in the evening for seeds or husks of maize in order to feed herself. I wrote a poem called "Princess" for her. I was going to send it to Comic Relief but didn't. I had written more in the 'vanished' message but have forgotten now what I had written because a flash of anger/frustration destroyed a few more grey cells when the message was consigned to the ether. This message is copied so it doesn't occur again. I'll get off my soapbox now.... Once again Ted, a great idea, this group. I shall be inviting my friends. More later Ron tc  [ send green star]
 May 11, 2005 3:52 PM

yes that is the American site, each country has it's own, and posted here. will make sure the US one is on it, although there is one there that you can search for ANY COUNTRY INVOLVED and it will send you to it's site. Thank you for starting this site. God Bless Sunshine  [ send green star]
end hunger, disease, and dependance May 11, 2005 3:50 PM

I saw a bunch of stars on TV the other day sharing a message to end poverty. Naturally, I wasn't ready to be reeled in. But at the end, one said "we want your voice, not your money." This immediately made me visit the website: This is a general website linking you to others in your area. All my life, I have been a big advocate for the fight against poverty. I believe all people are created equal and that all should have equal rights and privileges. We know that is not how things are done. I am often ashamed of the people I see around me who have a chance to help and don't. I feel sorry for others who don't even recognize the problem. Thank you for caring  [ send green star]
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