Entries under ‘poverty’

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Paycheck to Paycheck

I just came across a wonderful documentary called Paycheck to Paycheck, produced by HBO in association with The Shriver Report. HBO is streaming the film this week. Go ahead, the weekend’s coming up – take the time to screen it, because this is a must-watch film. Katrina Gilbert, the young mother profiled in the film, [...]

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World Day Against Child Labor- The Right Thing to Do

June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor and there will observances all over the world. It’s a day when the focus of the global community is on the 215 million children who have to work to survive. It’s a moment when we all recommit to the basic needs of poor children for food, healthcare, [...]

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Launch of The Same Heart

This week at Media Voices, we have very big news! The third film in our series, THE SAME HEART, has launched a crowd-funding campaign at IndieGoGo to raise the money to edit and finish the film. We have six years in, and the film is shot and partially cut. We’re very excited to have gotten [...]

Chump Change and Smoke

I’ve just attended the Global March Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture in Washington DC.The room was filled with people committed to ridding the world of products made by child labor labor. They have their work cut out for them.

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America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010

America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, the latest report from the National Center for Family Homelessness, documents the numbers of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy activities. Using findings from numerous sources that include well-established national data sets as well as our own research, we rank the states in four domains and then develop a composite of these domains to rank the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst). A page about the District of Columbia is also available.

What Newt Gingrich’s Modest Proposal Says About Us

In 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote “a modest proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the public.” To reduce the burden of poverty, he said, parents should sell their children to the rich to eat.

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“How Are You?” – Life Goes On in Sauri, Kenya

At first glance, the schoolyard seems completely normal. The sounds of children laughing is mixed with the yelling that accompanies the older boys’ football game. As I filmed, I was mobbed by smiling faces and repeatedly asked,”How are you”?

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Return to Kenya

As I prepare to leave for a three week trip to Kenya a sense of unease, an unsettled feeling, has taken hold. Kenya is a country I love. A place where the smiles of the children leave an indelible mark on visitors, and the natural landscape rivals any in the world.

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America’s Children – Our Best Investment

This week at Media Voices we draw your attention to the Children’s Defense Fund’s report, State of America’s Children 2011.

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The State of America’s Children 2011

This report from The Children’s Defense Fund summarizes the welfare of children in the U.S. as of 2011.

“The Naked Option” and” The Harvest”- two films of great humanity

This week at Media Voices we draw your attention to an extraordinary documentary, The Naked Option, which tells the inspiring story of a grassroots group of women in the Niger delta who fight the oil giants, Shell and Chevron, using the threat of going naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices [...]

On Making ” The Naked Option”

I came across an article in a newspaper titled “Our Weapon is Our Nakedness” and it, of course, piqued my interest! My first thought was “what a great story about culture, about tradition and the roles of women especially in the way they lead this humanist movement.” I couldn’t think of a comparable traditional “weapon” [...]

Bravo! A Good Month for Children’s Rights

June 12th saw the annual observance of World Day Against Child Labor. When it comes to protecting children’s human rights, progress can seem painfully incremental and slow. But this year, there are many substantial efforts that merit our respect and admiration and get a BRAVO from Media Voices.

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Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Child Well-Being: Lessons from Britain

This report, authored by Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University and the London School of Economics, describes the recent efforts of the United Kingdom (UK) to end child poverty by 2020. Over the last decade, the UK government carried out an ambitious and multifaceted anti-poverty campaign – with significant results as they reduced child poverty by more than half. Remarkably, their success in reducing child poverty continued even during the recession, as child poverty fell again in the last year – in sharp contrast to the pattern for the US, where child poverty has now reached its highest level in 20 years. (First Focus and Foundation for Child Development)

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Children Accused of Witchcraft

This is a Unicef report on children accused of witchcraft in sub-Saharan Africa, an anthropological study of contemporary practices in Africa. (April 2010)

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An Oxfam Hunger Banquet

(The following remarks were delivered at the Martha’s Vineyard Hunger Banquet by Betty Burton The event is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Committee on Hunger and OXFAM) We are here this evening because: • More than 2.5 billion people live in poverty (last time I gave this talk that number was 1 billion. • 900 [...]

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As Luck Would Have It

When I walked in the door, the trouble began. Reaching into a basket, I pulled out my random lot for the night. I was to abandon my normal identity as a white Anglo-Saxon American male and become Farida, a low income mother of five who supports her family from small scale vegetable farming in rural [...]

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Force Multipliers in the Fight Against Poverty

This week at Media Voices, we have a wonderful blog from Jamila Larson, Baby on a Tightrope, about the mutually life-changing effect of mentoring a friend’s baby. As I write this, there is a story on the front page of The New York Times “Cuts to Head Start Show Challenge of Fiscal Restraint.” Head Start. [...]

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It may not be the first thing you think of when you dwell on ending world poverty but mud is serious business.

To Beat Back Poverty, Pay the Poor

Tina Rosenberg’s excellent article on the Bolsa Familia in Brazil delivers a welcome change from the many depressing stories about development programs and initiatives that fall short or have unintended consequences or simply don’t work. Bolsa Familia, and the Mexican counterpart, Oportunidades, have had a twenty-year track record with measurable results. These are scalable programs that have worked to reduce poverty. Let’s have more of this!
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courtesy of The New York Times

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Salud Mesoamerica 2015

The film, which comes to us courtesy of the Inter-American Development Bank, depicts a health services program entitled Salud Mesoamerica. In the next five years, this public-private partnership aims at ensuring access to basic health services for more than 8 million poor women and children. Partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Government of Spain and the IDB.

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Baby Ivy Beats the Odds

What conjures up hope faster than a newborn baby? Whether you’re looking through the glass window at a nursery full of newborns or holding your own child in your arms, a brilliant system is at work; the baby’s absolute innocence and helplessness creates a wave of protective feelings, love and hope. But was that same [...]

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The Children Left Behind in Wealthy Countries

There’s something particularly grim about being poor in the midst of plenty, and it’s especially poignant at this time of year. As Congress passed the tax bill last night by virtue of a painful (and extremely costly) compromise that lavishes tax breaks on the rich, so as to be able to extend unemployment coverage for [...]

Tianna (front) with Drexel University School of Public Health Professor and Witnesses to Hunger founder Dr. Mariana Chilton, Witnesses to Hunger Angela Sutton and Myra Young, and Myra’s son Todd, then age 2.  This was at Mayor Michael Nutter’s Clean Your Community Day, at which several Witnesses to Hunger worked together to refurbish a school gymnasium.
“The Culture of Poverty” – A Response

My name is Tianna Gaines-Turner. I’m a proud mother of three children, and I live in the Frankfort neighborhood of Philadelphia. I am writing in response to the New York Times article, “Culture of Poverty Makes a Comeback.” I really don’t agree with this. People don’t choose to live in poverty—it is what it is, [...]