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The Borgen Project Strives to Gain Political Attention

 

Despite the common misperceptions that many Americans have regarding the U.S’s foreign policy spending, only .2% of the U.S.’s total spending is actually given to assist those in extreme poverty abroad. Other wealthy developed countries are more giving and compassionate to  the cause. The U.S. should be doing the same.

The U.S. is a world superpower and if everyone works together, that power can be channeled  into improving the lives of the less fortunate through funding global poverty reducing programs.

Every contribution could go towards U.S. created programs to improve water quality conditions in resource scarce countries, provide vaccines for preventable epidemics to reduce infant mortality and maternal deaths, build healthcare facilities or provide quality education for young children. Every dollar makes a difference in allowing the implementation of these program types to be successful.

Sources: Read more about The Borgen Project at http://borgenproject.org/foreign-aid/.

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The Borgen Project fights Poverty

The number of people suffering from hunger is greater than the population of the U.S., Canada and EU combined. Poverty. A seven letter word that has stricken so many places around the world. With poverty comes hunger, homelessness, depression, and so much more. That’s why initiatives such as The Borgen Project exist. The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign working to make global poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. This organization was formed in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. With 220 volunteer cities, the Borgen Project has one goal, to fight extreme poverty.

The Borgen Project’s focus of advocacy is global food security, food aid reform, newborn, child, and mother survival, access to clean water, sanitation and power. Their methodology, which is stated on the website is as follows; “From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture. We operate at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day”.

There are many global issues that are a result of poverty.  Did you know that almost 3 billion people lack access to toilets and almost 1 billion lack access to clean drinking water? Almost 200 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age. 179 million infants in the least developed countries are not protected from diseases by routine immunization. 3.2 million children under the age of 15 currently live with HIV. 161 million children do not attend primary school.

The Borgen Project support The Global Food Security Act of 2016. This important piece of legislation will help fight global hunger and combat the cycle of poverty in the world’s most vulnerable communities while advancing U.S. interests abroad. This bill also requires the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition.

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Haylee Garner, an intern for The Borgen Project says that she Is “trying to build political support for the Food for Peace Reform Act”. She has reached out to Facebook with the hopes of getting people to sign a form to advocate the Food Aid Reform. This passing of this bill will cause the USAID to provide funding to improve nutrition and food quality for malnourished citizens in under developed countries.

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If anyone is interested in making a donation to The Borgen Project, donations can be made on their Facebook page.

Click the link below to see a video of Haylee Garner discussing The Borgen Project.

https://www.facebook.com/hayleeg1/videos/p.1206979292674130/1206979292674130/?type=2&theater

 

 

 

 

Experts Dedicate Time to Research Poverty

With poverty being such a common issue around the world, it is important to know who is fighting to end it. There are experts all over that have dedicated years to finding a way to put an end to poverty. There are experts that research topics such as poverty, homelessness, and assistance programs. Among these experts are Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kevin C. Corinth, and Angela Rachidi.

Sarah Burd-Sharps is the co-director of the Measure of America Project, which is part of the Social Science Research Council. This project is set out to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards. (http://www.measureofamerica.org/project/) Burd-Sharps goal is to get anti-poverty activists and researchers, like herself, to work more closely. She contributed to the 2014 Hunger Report for Bread for the World. In the report, she and her colleague Kristen Lewis, shared information on how to reengage Americans in the search for lasting solutions. Burd-Sharps education and work background can be found on her linked-in page.

Kevin C. Corinth is a research fellow in economic studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. (https://www.aei.org/about/) Corinth has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Boston College and a master’s and doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. His main focus is homelessness and the programs and policies put in place to assist the homeless. Poverty is also part of Corinth’s research. His twitter page is dedicated to his research initiative to help the homeless. On August 5, he tweeted his plan for the next phase of homelessness policy. Corinth can be found on twitter @kevincorinth. Corinth’s education and work background can be found on his linked-in page.

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Angela Rachidi is also a research fellow at AEI. Her research areas are poverty assistance to low- income families, and low income support programs. The programs include; TANF, SNAP (food stamps), impact of EITC, workforce development programs, and child support enforcement programs. Rachidi is an expert because she has a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.  She also has a masters of public administration from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in public administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. The experts at AEI not only engage in research that focuses on today’s most critical challenges but also look ahead to ideas and issues that have yet to be widely recognized. Rachidi can be found on twitter @AngelaRachidi and on linked-in. Her education and work background can be found on her linked-in page as well.

 

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The World Food Programme Fights Hunger Everywhere

Remember the commercials that came on every Sunday morning, showing the faces of many adults and children that were starving and did not have anything to eat, or even a place to sleep at night? All over the world there are people who are starving and in need of food and shelter. The World Food Programme (WFP) has made it a goal to fight the hunger worldwide. WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. The program is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Many stories of adults and children all across the world who go to bed hungry can be seen on WFP’s twitter account. The issue of hunger and poverty is very prominent in Africa. But to bring it closer to home, Robeson County in North Carolina has been named one of the poorest counties in the United States. Programs like WFP are needed in that area.

WFP tweeted:

With urgent & ambitious climate action, we can ensure ‪#foodsecurity.

According to the graphic in the tweet the method is as follows; 1. Address causes and consequence of climate change. 2. Flexible and predictable funding.  3. Link social protection and adaptation.

The WFP has a strategic plan to ending world hunger. The plan includes four objectives;

  1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies;
  2. Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies;
  3. Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs;
  4. Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.

In effort to promote the cause, WFP has taken to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, and Google+. WFP is a trending topic. Connecting Robeson County and the WFP could help the community feed those that are homeless or less fortunate. Food insecurity is a big deal.

WTP’s slogan states:

Hunger feeds on disease, conflict, poverty, inequality and climate change. But we can solve hunger and you can help.

WFP provides food assistance to over 76 million people in 81 countries. This is done by focusing on the most vulnerable situations in developing countries. With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more.  Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need. The World Food Programme should be added to that list.

Check out this infographic I created with hunger statistics:

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Poverty proves Prominent Issue in Robeson County

The focus of this website is all things life. This includes family, news, entertainment, health, and much more. There is an issue that is present in a county in North Carolina. This is issue cannot go unseen or unheard for much longer. It is a community in need of help. A major state magazine is reporting in its latest edition that Robeson County has more people living under the poverty level than any other county in North Carolina with a population of greater than 65,000.

Robeson County, with its 15 small cities, is home to the city that has been recorded as the poorest city in the United States. That city is Lumberton, North Carolina. The last updated median income report stated that the median income for Lumberton in 2013 was 28,293, with a population of 135,517.  Out of 3,143 counties in the United States, Robeson County ranks 80th. The news in Robeson County is even worse. According to a recently released report from the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center, a full 33 percent of Robeson County residents —250 percent higher than the national average — live in poverty, and almost half of those 43,000 people have to worry about where they will get their next meal. 

With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more.  Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need.

The continuous increase of poverty in Robeson County is due to the economic and social impact of job loss. Many years ago, Robeson County had plenty of jobs to offer. There were factories that needed workers and bakeries that needed bakers, but eventually the factories were shut down. The decline in manufacturing  left a lot of people without jobs.

The poverty came about due to a ripple effect of unfortunate events. First, the job loss. Second, the loss of household income. Third, loss of business tax. The cycle goes on and on. The lives of many people of the Lumbee tribe were effected. Robeson County is their home.

The goal has been to figure out what can be done to fix the issue of poverty in this county. Students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke conducted a research project that could help come solutions to the issue. The university is located in Robeson County. Their solutions are as follows; Need for funding programs, such as a food pantry and community garden. Community involvement is a major need.

Hunger does not just exist in local Robeson County community members, as quiet as it is kept, there are students, faculty, and staff right on the campus of UNC Pembroke who are hungry or food insecure. In 2013, through a non-random sampling, 200 students across the campus were given an adaption of a U.S Department of Agriculture measure of food security. The survey results proved that 11.5 freshman, 20percent sophomores, 34 percent juniors, 31.5 percent seniors, and 1.5 percent graduate students were food insecure. This information was provided by Christie Poteet, the CARE Resource Center director at UNCP.

 

Take a look at the powerpoint I put together:

Hunger, Poverty & Food Insecurity in Rob. Co.

 

New Life Mission

The issue of poverty is widespread. There is a significant amount of homeless people in the United States. While this is true, there is not a lot being done to get some of the homeless people off of the street. New Life Mission founder Reverend Grace Kim, is taking action in her community the best way she can, by helping those who are in need. Reverend Kim is a religious leader and advocate for the homeless.

Reverend Kim felt that God led her to the area that she is in for a reason. Living in one of the poorest areas, downtown Fayetteville, Reverend Kim maintains a homeless shelter for men and women of all ages.  New Life Mission is a non profit organization that caters to  those who are in need of food and shelter. Reverend Kim believes that poverty is a serious issue in Cumberland and surrounding counties, especially Robeson, which is one of the poorest counties in the United States.

“Some people think of poverty and homelessness as a day job, but it doesn’t go away at night,” Reverend Kim said.

Reverend Kim’s homeless shelter is in an area that has been poverty stricken for many years. She says that the seriousness of poverty is at an all time high. Over the last few years, there have been several robberies at New Life Mission.

“They took the air conditioning units, lawn mowers, so much. That’s why it is hot in the shelter during the summer. We stay warm in the winter because we have a wood burner”, Reverend Kim said. During my interview with Reverend Kim, we both sat with sweat running down our faces and the sun beaming in from the front door. The air was thick and the smell was unforgettable.

Reverend Kim is an expert in the area of homelessness and veteran care. Five years ago, a man by the name of John Kiel came to New Life Mission covered in blood. He had been severely wounded.

“The wound was so bad that I could smell it”, Reverend Kim said.

After a few moments of trying to get an understanding of who the man was. Reverend Kim discovered that he was a veteran and needed medical attention immediately. She took him to the veteran’s hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he was denied care. Reverend Kim took the situation into her own hands. She nursed John back to health, and now five years later, he is living at the homeless shelter.

“A lot of veterans are homeless. It’s sad to say, but it is true. I wish I could help them all, but I only have space here for very few. I need help,” Reverend Kim said.

Donations can be made to New Life Mission. Reverend Kim said that she can be contacted at 910-864-4678. She has asked that anyone who would like to volunteer please contact her as soon as possible.

Hear more of John’s story here:

 

 

**If you have questions concerning New Life Mission or anything in this article, feel free to email me. Jenking.Jasmin93@gmail.com**

 

 

Robeson County fights Poverty and Food Insecurity

Just taking a ride through Robeson County’s 15 cities: Red Springs, Pembroke, Fairmont, St. Pauls, Maxton, Rowland, Parkton, Orrum, Lumber Bridge, Rennert, Proctorville, Marietta, Rayham, McDonald and Lumberton shows how poverty has engulfed Robeson County. Robeson County is one of the poorest counties in the United States. In an American Community Survey from 2012, 34.50 percent of Robeson County was discovered to be below poverty. There are places in the county that provide help for those who are hungry or in need of shelter. In 2013, the News & Observer published an article about poverty in North Carolina. It was discovered that over a half-million households, in 2012, participated in the food stamp program. In Robeson County, that included 33 percent of families, the third-highest figure in the nation in counties over 65.

The county has the third-highest poverty level in the country for a county its size. Among the issues in the poverty stricken county, lies the issues of hunger and food insecurity. In 2013, 23 percent of Robeson County’s population was food insecure. That is 30,500 people. In the midst of those who are hungry and food insecure, there are children. USDA Economic Research Services showed that 50 million individuals in the United States are food insecure. Seven million of these individuals are children. 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Shea DeJarnette said that statewide, the estimate of youth that have food insecurities is one in four. A recent USDA study showed that North Carolina’s hunger numbers are increasing. However, even with the increase over the last few years the USDA is reporting food insecurities statewide at just over 15% which equates more to one in six.

“Kids often do not say “I’m hungry, I don’t get enough to eat.” However when you sit down they eat everything in sight and want more, often you question if it is a growing child or a hungry child”, DeJarnette said. She works at the Robeson County Cooperative Extension (RCCE). RCCE Is affiliated with North Carolina State University and A&T. “I can tell you that Robeson County 4-H works with communities in schools to offer food for their backpack pals program,” DeJarnette said. The backpack pals program gives students in specific elementary schools backpacks of food on Friday so they will have three meals a day over the weekend.

The Church and Community Center in Red Springs helps those who are in need of food. They provide quarterly food boxes and Second Harvest daily.

The Life Changer Known as Alzeheimers

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James Barnes, 86, waiting to leave for adult day care on Friday morning. He has Alzheimers disease and can no longer care for himself.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, behavior, and thinking. Nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Today, Alzheimer’s is at the forefront of biomedical research.

James Barnes, 86, of Linden, North Carolina was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. He had already had a history of heart problems since early 2005. The dementia diagnosis only added to his rocky medical history. When James was diagnosed with dementia he was at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina being treated for congestive heart failure. It was not until he began to make confusing statements that doctors decided to test James.

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James Barnes, 86, in Fayetteville, North Carolina was doing his hand excercises for the day.

Since his diagnosis, James has been living with his youngest daughter, her husband and their four children. To keep his health, memory, and sanity in check, James takes several prescription medications. He takes medicine in the morning and at night. His diet consists of no salt.

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James’ medications for the week.

One of the challenges of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is the sudden mood changes.

“One day he is completely calm and the next day he can be very irritable. It all depends on how effective the medicine is, his daughter Christina Pennie said.

James does not know that he has Alzheimer’s. He believes that he is a young boy and still lives with his parents.

“Pa taught me everything I know”, James Barnes said.

Elderly people with Alzheimer’s find joy in being around small children.

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James Barnes and his great-granddaughter Destiny sitting on his bed enjoying a relaxing night at home.

“He really loves to play and laugh with his great granddaughter. She keeps him alert and smiling”, Christina said.

Each day is a challenge in the life of James Barnes but with the help of his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren he will be celebrating 87 years of life on April 20, 2016. Alzheimer’s alters a person’s life as it progresses.

We just take each day one step at time, that’s all we can do”, Christina said.

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James recieving his night medication from his daughter Christina Pennie, alongside his great-granddaughter Destiny.

The Status of News Media

The website, journalgirl15.com, focuses on news media and entertainment. News Media is defined as an umbrella term for all sources of and presentation of news and information, including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, web pages, and blogs. According to data research collected by Amy Mitchell from the Pew Research Center, at the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers. (Mitchell, 2015) Mitchell retrieved this information from Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data. Desktop users, as opposed to mobile users, spend more time on news and information sources per visit. This true for 10 of the sites out of the 50, the rest are equal in time. (Mitchell, 2015)

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There are many news media apps for mobile users. According to former Digital Trends contributor, David Curry, there are 18 fast and fluid news apps for iPhone and android. The apps are as follows; New York Times Now, BuzzFeed, Smart News, Google News & Weather, Feedly, Flipboard, Yahoo News Digest, Reddit, Apple News, Inside, LinkedIn Pulse, AOL Mail, News, & Video, News Republic, PocketAP Mobile, BBC News, CNN App, and Al Jazeera English.

Curry wrote, “The past year has been all about the technology industry infiltrating the publication world. Facebook announced Instant Articles, Google launched an open source platform for publishers with Twitter, and Apple announced its own proprietary News app. At the same time, Flipboard, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL all issued major updates to their respective news apps, showing there is a lot of interest in the world of news on mobile platforms. That said, below are our top picks for the best news apps, whether you’re a die-hard news junkie or merely a casual purveyor of the world affairs”. (Curry, 2016)

In conclusion, news media sources are a part of everyday life because they inform people about what is going in the world. Mobile users have quick access to news media apps, and they can see news updates while on the go. For those who may not have a mobile phone, desktop computers allow for a more attentive view of the news. As mentioned before, out of 50 news sites 39 get more from mobile devices than from desktop computers. But, there only 10 where mobile visitors spend more time per visit on the site than desktop viewing.

Sources:

Mitchell, A. (2015) State of the News Media 2015. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from www.journalism.org/2015/04/29/state-of-the-news-media-2015/.

Curry, D. (2016) 18 Fast and Fluid News Apps for iPhone and Android. Digital News. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-news-apps/.

Inforgraphic created using  http://piktochart.com

 

 

 

News, Politics, and Entertainment: The Broad Field of Journalism

Research shows that journalism is a very broad field. According to learn.org, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there are journalism types by medium and message. The types by medium are print journalism, photojournalism, broadcast journalism, and multimedia journalism. Some popular types by message are beats such as, sports, business, politics, arts and culture, education, and crime.

Journalgirl15.com focuses on news, politics, entertainment, and fashion. News is defined as newly received, noteworthy information. Political journalism is defined as a broad branch of journalism that covers all aspects of politic and political science. (Wikipedia.org) Entertainment journalism is defined as coverage of news and events within industries of film, television, music, live events, video games, and others.

When dealing with news, it is important to remember the who, what, when, where, and why. This is otherwise known as “The Five W’s”. Former editor in chief of the Pine Needle Newspaper at UNC Pembroke, Sara Owen, provided a lot of insight on news writing.

                  “To write a good news story you need to remember to, first, do your research and check your information twice before submitting. Second, keep your opinions out of it and remain objective. A journalists job is to tell the story as it is based on facts, not to give a biased version. Third, be ready to put yourself on the line for your story, your editor, and your sources. If you promise anonymity and you get told to give up your source, you need to be prepared to keep your word, even if that means getting in real life trouble. A true journalist will remain true to his or her word”, Owen said.

Judging by the looks of the things, political journalists are in for a interesting year. The 2016 presidential candidates are one of the most talked about topics in politics right now. The presidential election will surely be one to remember.

“The presidential race has become a big show of who can shock the viewers more, which is why Donald Trump gets so much more air time than someone like Bernie Sanders who doesn’t do anything for shock value. Trump gets attention for being entertaining in his own right. He is basically a walking personification of the 7 news values. He is a celebrity, of sorts, who does bizarre things and says things that affect people”, Owen said.

According to the career insight on getinmedia.com, entertainment journalists dig up the stories of the latest Hollywood developments and follow the progress of next year’s major game releases, all for the anxious fans and enthusiasts who clamor for more. A great writer becomes an authority on the entertainment industry, a trusted source of information and insight. In the broad field of journalism, anything is possible.

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