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  1. Prevention of Childhood Diseases Globally (World Health Organization)
      Explains that over half of deaths of children globally is from just four conditions, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, malaria and measles. These conditions can all be treated for 41 cents per child, including vaccines, injection equipment, vitamins, salts, and more. Provides financial support globally to fight health problems. (Diarrhea is spelled diarrhoea in the United Kingdom.) 1-01

Multimedia
  1. Debunking Third-World Myths (PBS.org)
      "You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called 'developing world' using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation. The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten. In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful." 07-07

Papers
  1. -08-02-13 For the Poor, the Cost of Living Can Be More (NBC News)
      "Those who earn little have to work long hours to make enough, and often spend more time than the well-off managing the basics of their lives. Not having paid sick days means losing wages when a loved one has a medical emergency, or child care falls through. Not having a washing machine means extra hours at the laundromat. And just getting to and from work can take hours." 08-13

  2. -Christmas Hero (ABC News)
      "Every December for the past 15 years, Alexa Donaphin has made her way to New York City's main post office to participate in Operation Santa Claus. More than 400,000 Santa letters get re-routed there from the North Pole. The post office makes it possible for anyone to select letters from underprivileged children and then fulfill their Christmas wishes." 7-05

  3. -The Working Poor and a Living Wage (Truth-Out.org)
      "Millions of people in the US work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the US needs to dedicate itself to making work pay."
      "In 2011, the US Department of Labor reported at least 10 million people worked and were still below the unrealistic official US poverty line, an increase of 1.5 million more than the last time they checked. The US poverty line is $18,530 for a mom and two kids. Since 2007 the numbers of working poor have been increasing. About 7 percent of all workers and 4 percent of all full-time workers earn wages that leave them below the poverty line." 01-12

  4. 20 Things the Poor Must Do (Alternet.org)
      Provides 20 things the poor must do that the wealthy do not have to worry about. An example: "Especially in urban areas, the waiting list for affordable housing can be a year or more. During that time, poor families either have to make do with substandard or dangerous housing, depend on the hospitality of relatives, or go homeless." 12-13

  5. Child Poverty - "Legal" Slavery and Sweatshops (ACTRAV)
      "To emphasize its insistence on accurate country-of -origin labeling and its particular abhorrence of the use of prison labor and illegal child labor, JCPenney requires that its foreign suppliers and its U.S. suppliers of imported merchandise, for each shipment of foreign-produced merchandise, obtain a manufacturer's certificate that the merchandise was manufactured at a specified factory, identified by name, location and country, and the neither convict labor, forced labor or indentured labor, nor illegal child labor, was employed in the manu facture of the merchandise." 12-04

  6. Child Poverty - "Legal" Slavery and Sweatshops (RugMark.org)
      "RUGMARK is a global nonprofit organization working to end child labor and offer educational opportunities for children in India, Nepal and Pakistan. The RUGMARK label is your best assurance that no illegal child labor was employed in the manufacture of a carpet or rug." 12-04

  7. Child Poverty - "Legal" Slavery and Sweatshops (StolenChildhoods.org)
      "Feel personal responsibility for child laborers as you do your own children. Voice this concept to friends, family, religions congregations. etc."

      "Raise awareness of the problem of child labor and need to do something now to get all children educated."

      "Support Labor Union initiatives to get children out of the workplace and give adults a living wage." 12-04

  8. Design for the Other 90 Percent of Us (Business Week)
      Describes innovations that help the 90 percent of the people of the world in developing countries. 05-07

  9. Doctors in Appalachia (ABC News)
      "With doctors like Avery, 54, who are approaching retirement, and medical students choosing lucrative specialties, the nation as a whole faces a shortage of primary doctors. In Appalachia, a federally declared Health Professionals Shortage Area, the need is particularly acute." 10-08

  10. Fighting Against Poverty and for Reproductive Health and Rights (UNFPA.org - United Nations Population Fund)
      Describes programs to fight poverty, including programs to help women have better reproductive health and more reproductive rights. 12-02

  11. Houses Built from Wooden Pallets (ViralNova.com)
      "The designers at I-Beam Design created the Pallet House Project because they were inspired by one simple, but unbelievable, fact: 84% of the world’s refugees could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets. Just based off of a year and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees could live in a Pallet House." 02-14

  12. How Young Is too Young to Be a Fighter? (ABC News)
      "As young girls and boys wildly kick and punch each other in rural rings across Thailand, spectators (farmers, trainers, families, friends) place their bets. Each child stands to change his or her family's fortune with a winning blow." 10-07

  13. Institute: Terrorism a Symptom from Poverty, Disease, and Pollution (NationalGeographic.com)
      " 'Acts of terrorism like the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. are a worst-case symptom of global insecurity brought about by the festering interplay among poverty, infectious disease, and environmental degradation—the true "axis of evil,' according to the Worldwatch Institute in its State of the World 2005 report."

      "Global poverty can be cut in half by 2015 and eliminated by 2025 if the world’s richest countries including the United States, Japan and Germany more than double aid to the poorest countries, hundreds of development experts concluded in a report Monday."

      "Instead of tackling the social and environmental issues embraced by the MDGs and the WSSD targets, governments' global funding priority in recent years has been the world's militaries, which receive the equivalent of nearly a trillion U.S. dollars annually, according to the Worldwatch report."

      "By contrast, the MDGs could be achieved with additional funding of 50 billion dollars each year—money currently available in 'outdated, ineffective, or otherwise wasteful' military programs, according to the report."

      " 'Do we understand that by doing things like reducing poverty, improving water sufficiency, making sure arable land is not so totally exhausted that food security becomes a huge issue, we also address the stability and security of the world's nations?" Renner said. 'In Washington [D.C.], that's a very hard sell.' " 1-05

  14. Kniting Project (PeaceFleece.com)
      Describes a project to help refugees of Kosovo to find meaning and some income by providing them with the tools for kniting. 1-01

  15. Lessons Learned from Spending $1 a Day on Food (GroceryCouponGuide.com)
      "Most people don’t think of their local drug store as a place to get free food, but if you have any of the three big national chains near you (CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid), they are a great place to get free food. These drug stores often have deals where you can purchase things for free and when combined with frequent offers of a certain dollar amount off when you buy a qualifying amount, it can mean free food." 08-10

  16. Spending $1 a Day on Food (Time.com)
      "His biggest struggles actually didn't involve getting enough food or going over his budget. Throughout the challenge, he wound up donating tons of surplus purchases to food banks, and, toward the end of the experiment, money wasn't much of an issue." 08-10

  17. Study: "Big Push" Approach Works to Reduce Poverty (Christian Science Monitor)
      "Further study could also make rigorous comparisons between such labor-intensive help and help that is limited to direct cash payments. Some studies have hinted that merely providing cash payments to the poorest of the poor for a period of time may be sufficient to set them on a path to sustained self-employment. That could be an attractive alternative to groups or governments with more money than staff."

      "But a cash-payment approach would lack one element that appeared to play a key role in the big push success: the impact of persistent coaching on participants' ways of thinking about their situation, says BRAC's Ms. Samaranayake."

  18. Sustainable Planet (Awesome Library - Adams)
      Describes the most important few things that can be done to reduce pollution, reduce global warming, save our forests, reduce poverty, provide energy to the poor, and improve the availability of drinkable water for the future. 11-00

  19. Sustainable Water Pumps (PumpAid.org)
      "Pump Aid tackles poverty by working with local communities to establish sustainable supplies of clean water for improved health and increased agricultural production."

      "No other organisation can secure a sustainable supply of clean water for a school in Africa at a cost of just £250. This is because money given to Pump Aid goes directly to where it is needed." 09-07

  20. U.N.: World Can End Poverty by 2025 (MSNBC News)
      "Global poverty can be cut in half by 2015 and eliminated by 2025 if the world’s richest countries including the United States, Japan and Germany more than double aid to the poorest countries, hundreds of development experts concluded in a report Monday."

      "At stake is life or death for tens of millions of impoverished people, it said." 1-05

Projects
  1. PlayPumps and the New Philanthropy (Time.com)
      "The merry-go-round is not just a simple piece of playground equipment. It's a PlayPump water system. Lack of access to clean water is one of Africa's biggest health challenges. Through technology developed by an African entrepreneur, the children are pumping clean water for their village when they turn the merry-go-round." 09-06

   
   


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