The Poverty Dilemma

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It was time to leave Kruger National Park and I was ready. Six nights of sleeping in a tent. Six nights of shoveling cough drops methodically into my mouth and counting down the minutes until the sun came up. We’d decided the night before to arrange a doctor for Ryder. He had a fever. I […]

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Choosing Ubud for our destination after Australia was rather last-minute. We tossed around Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai because they were American Airlines hubs. We looked into Singapore because I found a cheap flight there. We would have gone to Thailand had Jacob’s friend been in town. But nothing had Jacob convinced until I said, “Bali.” […]

A nation’s level of happiness was most closely associated with health levels (correlation of .62), followed by wealth (.52), and then provision of education (.51). The three predictor variables of health, wealth and education were also very closely associated with each other, illustrating the interdependence of these factors…people in countries with good healthcare, a higher […]

…and then after my hope to see poverty as not so bad there comes a girl, her voice hoarser and deeper than any girl her age should have, dressed in rags, her hair gnarled, a cut across her forehead. She comes and tugs at my arm and makes motions that she is hungry and looks […]

A sort of contrasting viewpoint from some of my other posts…I have to agree with a lot of it. Jacob and I wonder about our classifications of “developing.” Developing towards being like the US? Is that the ultimate goal? It makes me have to decide what is a right for every human. Is food and […]

A sort of contrasting viewpoint from some of my other posts…I have to agree with a lot of it. Jacob and I wonder about our classifications of “developing.” Developing towards being like the US? Is that the ultimate goal? It makes me have to decide what is a right for every human. Is food and […]

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There are periods of time in which I seem to get a little blog-happy. This is apparently one of those times. But I had to do a post on one of the cooler ideas that I’ve seen for a nonprofit. I’ve been following their newsletters for a while. It’s called water.org. And I just found […]

 http://www.vancouversun.com/news/donors+hesitate+fund+relief+Pakistan+flood+victims/3454614/story.html No, that’s not where we’re going next ;) hahaha I received this message earlier this week from a friend on Facebook and thought I’d share it: Dear Kalli, Long time. I hope you’d be aware of the flash floods in our country, which have been dubbed worse than the 2004 Tsunami by the U.N. […]

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To explore a little more about this idea of the sense of contentment in Calcutta… I’ll preface by saying that I have read travelers who have been around the world, traveled to Africa even, and never seen the extent of poverty that can be found here.  I have no idea what it is like in […]

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Calcutta is the first place I have cried myself to sleep from thinking about someone else besides myself. Don’t worry—I don’t cry myself to sleep often. But when it has happened in the past, it has always been about my own personal woes. But I have cried myself to sleep here both when I think […]