Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

Why There is Malnutrition in Guatemala

September 20, 2010

Source: Unicef Guatemala

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported 11,083 cases of acute malnutrition in the national health system and of those cases reported 56 children have died from poor nutrition.

Sugata Mitra: Can kids teach themselves?

September 7, 2010

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.

The Worlds’ Best Countries – Guatemala!

August 30, 2010

The Worlds’ Best Countries – Guatemala!

“A Newsweek study of health, education, economy, and political rank the globes true national champions”

Guatemala ranks as No. 84 out of 100 countries…as a citizen of Guatemala I am really concern for the future of my country.

Country Details:

Education

  • Literacy Rate: 69.4%
  • Average years of schooling: 10.6

Health

  • Healthy life expectancy: 60 yrs

Quality of Life

  • Income inequality (GINI): 53.7%
  • Gender gap: 0.621
  • Percent living on less than US$ per day: 24.27%
  • Consumption per capita: US$ 2,431
  • Homicides per 100,000: 41.1
  • Environmental health: 56.4
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2%

Economic Dynamism

  • Productive growth: US$ 5,200
  • Services % of GDP: 58.34%
  • Manufacturing % of GDP: 14.78%
  • Innovation index: 2.99
  • Ease of doing business: 110
  • Time to resolve insolvency: 3.0 yrs
  • New business start time: 29 days

Political Environment

  • Freedom house rating: 3.0
  • Political participation 2.78
  • Political stability: 60.5

Source: Newsweek

Why Water

August 5, 2010

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

Source:  charity: water.org

Imagine Leadership

October 27, 2009

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership

World Food Programme

October 16, 2009

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How we can make a difference…

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Forestle

July 13, 2009

Forestle

Forestle is a “green Internet search engine”. We use our advertising revenue to protect endangered rainforest regions in order to keep our worlds most precious ecosystems intact and fight global warming.

Forestle earns advertising revenue from clicks on “sponsored links”. These are text links which are displayed next to the generic search results on the result page of our search engine. The sponsored links at Forestle are delivered by our partner Yahoo.

All of our income (minus about 10% administrative costs) is donated to the adopt an acre program, which is run by The Nature Conservancy – one of the most renowned environmental protection organizations in the world. They use the money, which is generated by Forestle, for the sustainable protection of the most precious rainforests on our planet.

Source: forestle.org

Gapminder

July 7, 2009

A great application that is preloaded with statistical and historical data about the development of the countries of the world.

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UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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Biotech Crops

February 28, 2008

Genetic Modified crops might be a solution for world hunger, however, opposition exist that these crops are a health risk and environmental threat.

Some arguments:

  • Many GM crops are not filed tested or regulated in the U.S.
  • Most GM crops are engineered to fight pest, improve nutrition, or to prevent disease or pollution,  
  • The top arguments used by BM proponents: Gm crops will feed the worlds growing population,

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Source: The Economist

Since genetic modified crops were first planted 10 year ago, the use worldwide has been growing at double digit rates.  It has been growing, specially, in middle-income countries such as China, India and Brazil.

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