Archive for the Poverty Category
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84 Year Old, Leaves Condo To Homeless
Before Leila Boroughs died at the age of 84, the San Francisco, Calif., woman decided to leave her greatest possession to people she had never met. The former nurse left in her will her $400,000 condo to the homeless, asking for it to be turned into a shelter, NBC Bay Area reports. Boroughs, who never married and lived alone, said she didn’t have close relatives to whom she could leave the estate. She specified that if the 525-square-foot condo wasn’t suitable for a shelter, the city could sell it and use the money to fight homelessness, the news source reported. At this point, the Golden State Good Samaritan is still a bit of a mystery. “The city doesn’t know a whole lot about her,” said Trent Rhorer, director of San Francisco’s Department of Human Services, told NBC. “She wanted to give her estate to help one of the biggest causes... Continue Reading
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Bill Gates is asking for more Western aid to fight poverty
Cannes – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is calling on Western nations assembling for the latest G20 summit to promise greater efforts to fight global poverty. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is calling on Western nations assembling for the latest G20 summit in Cannes, France, to promise a stronger financial commitment to fight global poverty. Gates is set to release a report to the G20 nations that spells out creative ways in which Western nations can do more to fight poverty. The report also stresses the economic imperatives of fighting poverty as a means of keeping the global economy stable. “The world... Continue Reading
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Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests
LOS ANGELES — Robert Gaffney, who came here from Oklahoma 10 years ago, settled on a scrap of burlap the other day on a grassy hill outside City Hall, surveying the tents and crowd that make up Occupy Los Angeles. For many of his neighbors at City Hall Park, this is a center of protest and political grievance. For Mr. Gaffney, it is the latest piece of land that he calls home. It is, he said, more comfortable than the sidewalk in Hollywood that he has been living on for the last few months. It is safer and less sketchy... Continue Reading
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Is it Just Me, Or is it Getting Kinda Crowded in Here?
Though it’s impossible to say exactly when it will happen, demographers have chosen the date to mark the milestone. Humanity remains on a steep growth curve. It took only a dozen years for humanity to add another billion people to the planet, reaching the milestone of 7 billion Monday — give or take a few months. Demographers at the United Nations Population Division set Oct. 31, 2011, as the “symbolic” date for hitting 7 billion, while acknowledging that it’s impossible to know for sure the specific time or day. Using slightly different calculations, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 7-billion... Continue Reading
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Featured NGOs: charity: water
It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care. But forget about us. Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to... Continue Reading
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Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – And Who Listens to the Poor?
When we think of the poor, we think in broad strokes. We think of a village devastated by a hurricane or a group of faceless beggars on the street or daily wage laborers huddled over a field. But the poor are not one entity. Far from it, they are Farida, who feared her dark skin led to a bad marriage, or Indu, a member of India’s marginalized tribal community, or Sukhibala, whose husband will not let her work outside the house. The voices of the poor are often forgotten when it comes to international development.  These voices are often drowned... Continue Reading
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Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Peter Singer
Ethics Matter Series Peter Singer, Julia Taylor Kennedy InterviewPeterSinger.mp3 Having trouble with audio or video playback? Click here Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer lives up to his beliefs, giving away 25-30 percent of his income to alleviate absolute poverty, and defending animal rights–or as he puts it, “extending equality beyond the species boundary.” Here are his thoughts on these topics and more. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Visit: thelifeyoucansave.com for more info Original article: (http://www.carnegiecouncil.org) Related articles Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick’s Ethics (3quarksdaily.com) Does... Continue Reading
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The app that dares you to care
In a time when economic uncertainty is the only thing that’s certain, it’s hard to focus on anything but your own survival. But with CareZone, Ritesh Tilani hopes you’ll still continue to care. A year ago Ritesh Tilani had an possibly profitable idea that would give consumers the choice to buy from socially conscious companies. And in August, under Tilani’s umbrella company Innoventa, the mobile app CareZone was launched at JamJar Dubai. And with over a hundred users in under a month, CareZone is poised to become a nationwide app of choice. So what is CareZone? The press release announcing... Continue Reading
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Poverty isn’t just a game
You’ve lost your job. You’ve lost your house. You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? Jenny Nicholson is tired of hearing how the poor are poor because they make poor choices. Let’s see what kind of choices you make when it’s your turn to be flattened by the economy. That’s the idea behind Spent, an online game Nicholson created to challenge popular misconceptions about poverty. Play it at www.playspent.org. So far, it’s been played more than a million times by people from around the world. And Nicholson is challenging every member of Congress to... Continue Reading
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