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Ramen Noodles & Global Poverty

Last year, over 100 billion servings of ramen noodles were sold around the world. Although a large percentage of this number belongs to Americans, developing countries are beginning to increase consumption of the often proclaimed “poor college student” food. Ramen noodles are, in fact, an established food among poor people in countries from China and […]


LifeStraw Providing Safe Drinking Water

900 million people in the world are without access to safe drinking water. This a serious problem which the world is trying to address in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A product developed by the Swiss-based company Vestergaard Frandsen is making great progress towards water sanitation. The product is called LifeStraw. It is a 25 […]


Human Trafficking in Myanmar

Despite recent governmental actions to curb modern day slavery in Myanmar, human trafficking remains a common practice throughout the country. Human trafficking takes on various forms within Myanmar, including forced labor, the use of child soldiers for the Myanmar government, and sex trafficking and prostitution. The most common countries of trade include Thailand, China, Malaysia, […]


American Refugee Committee International 101

About The American Refugee Committee (ARC) is an international nonprofit organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the past 35 years. The ARC works with refugee communities in eight countries around the world – Haiti, Liberia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand, and Uganda. The people ARC serve have experienced […]


Spotlight: Giving Children Hope

Giving Children Hope (GCHope) is a grassroots organization that strives to do just what its name suggests: focus on the social, economic and health needs of impoverished children around the world. GCHope aims to achieve this through disaster relief, health and community development, and vocational training in developing countries. President and CEO John Ditty and his […]


The Thai Government’s Costly Rice Subsidy

For five decades, Thailand was the world’s leading rice exporter. In past two years, however, since the implementation of a costly rice subsidy program, the country has incurred a 4.4 billion loss in rice exports, thereby opening a gap that Vietnamese and Indian exporters have been able to exploit. At the end of 2011, as […]


Spotlight on Plant With Purpose

Who would have known that planting a single tree could pull individuals and entire communities out of poverty? Plant With Purpose has utilized this simple and effective method since the Christian environmental non-profit organization was founded in 1984 by Tom Woolard. After volunteering with a relief agency in the Dominican Republic, Woolard realized that despite […]


Poverty in Sri Lanka

Poverty in Sri Lanka has been decreasing for years, and a recent study shows that this trend is continuing. Between 1990 and 2011, overall poverty in Sri Lanka plummeted from 26.1% to 8.9%. Much of this progress has been made in recent years, with the number of Sri Lankans stuck in poverty falling by over […]