Archive for the ‘Black Poverty’ Category

Ronald McDonald House Charities Partners with The Hunger Project

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Over 7 million children will die this year before reaching their fifth birthday — most are from developing countries and their deaths are largely preventable.

The most basic health interventions can mean survival. Among those interventions are vaccination against pneumonia and diseases that cause diarrhea — the leading global killers of children — as well as improving nutrition and sanitation, bolstering child health, and preventing transmission of disease.

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Top 5 Trends in Ending Hunger and Poverty in 2012

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This year saw a continuation and expansion of many of the positive trends in last year’s list: civil society consultation, gender mainstreaming, transparency, small farmer empowerment. And it saw new initiatives to fill gaps in achieving the MDGs. Yet we also witnessed push back: organized threats to women’s human rights and civil society that remind us we can never take progress for granted. Let’s take a look at the top 5 trends in ending hunger and poverty this year:

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U.S. Encounters Stumbling Blocks in Its Attempts to Rebuild Haiti

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Following the deadly earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, the U.S. led a massive international effort to rebuild the shattered country. Billions of dollars were committed to help Haiti “build back better” and stop its dependency on foreign aid.  Unfortunately, few people realized the extent of Haiti’s many problems. Now, 2.5 years later, there’s little evidence of the $1.8 billion in aid from the U.S. having made any difference. The priority needs of medicine, bottled water and temporary shelter have been partially met. Meanwhile, projects to help Haiti overcome poverty, like permanent housing and electric plants in Port-au-Prince, have yet to materialize. What went wrong?

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50 Cent Announces African Business Plan

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n 2011, 50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III) announced the debut of his new energy drink, SK (Street King). It was developed by the musician and businessman to not only pump up his own bottom line, but also raise money for starving populations in Africa. With the purchase of every energy shot, Street King will provide a meal for a child in need. The goal is to feed 1 billion children over the next five years.

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Prince George’s County was a symbol of African American prosperity. Then came the housing crisis.

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When Joe Parker was a young, newly married public-school administrator who wanted to buy a home in 1974, he didn’t even think about leaving Prince George’s County, Maryland. It was where he and his parents had grown up. But when Parker first tried to bid on a house in a new development in Mitchellville, a small farming community that was sprouting ranch and split-level homes on old plantation lands, the real-estate agent demurred, claiming there were other buyers. In truth, the development had been built to lure white, middle-class families to the county, which sits just east of Washington, D.C. Parker never told the agent that he served on a new county commission to enforce laws forbidding housing discrimination. He just persisted, he says, until he and his wife were able to bid. “My wife kept saying, ‘Why don’t you tell him?’” Parker recalls, but he refused to pull rank. “I said no, because what does the next black man do?”

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United Nations survey shows significant progress in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Monday January 14, 2013 – A new United Nations-backed national household survey shows substantial progress has been made for children in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.

According to the initial results of the Haiti Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), which covered 13,350 households, 77 per cent of children aged 6-11 years attended primary school in 2012, compared to just below 50 per cent in 2005-2006 when the last survey was conducted.

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World Bank funded project to assist Antigua and Barbuda’s unemployed

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Thursday January 3, 2013 – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is designing a project that offers temporary economic relief to unemployed people in the country.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said that the three year project, which is being established with technical and financial assistance from the World Bank, will benefit at least 1,200 low-income unemployed people between the ages 17 and 50.

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The Lost Boys of the Sudan

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Since 1983, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudanese Government have been at war in southern Sudan. The conflict has already claimed more than 500,000 lives and displaced huge numbers of people. Among these were at least 20,000 children, mostly boys, between 7 and 17 years of age who were separated from their families. These ‘lost boys’ of the Sudan trekked enormous distances over a vast unforgiving wilderness, seeking refuge from the fighting. Hungry, frightened and weakened by sleeplessness and disease, they crossed from the Sudan into Ethiopia and back, with many dying along the way. The survivors are now in camps in Kenya, the Sudan and Uganda.

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Export and/or Aid

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Exports a brilliant for the economics of a country, especially if they can export more than they import. Its not good to depend on only a few industries, for then you can be left high and dry if the wind changes. If there is a hurricane which destroys crops, or a price drop in minerals such as bauxite, then the country is left with a massive hole in their expected budget, which needs to be filled, and is usually filled with more debt.

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African Football Dreams

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By  on July 13th, 2008

Are African Football Dreams in a way similar to African Football Slavery?

FIFA president Sepp Blatter casually uses the term “slavery” in referring to the £ multi-million contract of Cristiano Ronaldo, who in turn “dreams” of leaving the greatest football club in the world to play in Madrid.

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