How long would you survive on limited income if you were under the poverty line? Try to walk 30 days in those shoes.

// This decision-tree-based infographic-of-sorts called SPENT provides a personal way to experience and empathize with those who constantly struggle to maintain a living under the poverty line. Its not just presents the facts, it makes you live them. 

i’ve been toying for weeks with the idea of having a “donate” button on my site

because as much as i need a little help right now, my sense of pride and shame is completely overriding it.

i don’t have anything to offer, even though i know that asking for help doesn’t have to be a transaction.

and despite knowing that asking for help sometimes is okay (especially considering how hard i try to give back when i can), that pervasive “no free handouts” mentality has crept into my brain and lodged itself there.

nothing makes me feel guiltier for existing, it would seem, than not having money.

East Jerusalem By the Numbers

Infographic: “East Jerusalem 2015 Facts and Figures. 37% of the city’s population = 300,200 Palestinian residents living in Jerusalem have permanent residency status in Israel. In 2014, the residency status of 107 Palestinians was revoked. More than ¼ reside in neighborhoods disconnected from the city by the separation barrier. 8,501 children are at risk. 75% of residents under the poverty line. 84% of children under the poverty line. 37% of residents receiving welfare services are Palestinian. Only 22% of social workers work with Palestinian residents. 43% of classrooms are inadequate; 1000 classrooms are missing; 33% dropout rate in year 12. 98 properties demolished in 2014; 208 residents uprooted from their homes; 39% of houses were built without a permit. Water: 36% of households are not connected to the water network. 7 infant healthcare centers in Palestinian neighborhoods / 26 infant healthcare centers in Israeli neighborhoods (of which 3 serve Palestinian families as well). 1184 were arrested in the second half of 2014 for participating in riots of which 406 were minors. 5 children lost their sight in one eye after being shot with sponge bullets. The youngest of which was 6 years old. A 16-year-old boy was killed after being shot in the head with a sponge bullet. 7% of postmen in Jerusalem provide service to Palestinian neighborhoods. 8 post offices in East Jerusalem compared to 40 in West Jerusalem. Association for Civil Rights in Israel.”

why everyone?

happysunshinedaiyz said: 

why would she leave her siblings whom she clearly loves and cares for and go live under the poverty line (what kind of job could she possibly get to support herself & child) raising a child. how could u think Jana would want thati


I think her moving out of the house and getting her own place is seen as being a ‘rebel’, we are talking about the duggars here.!!!!

tovag said: 

In Gothard Land, it’s considered rebellion for a girl to leave home for a non-cult college. If this is the rebellion you’re referring to then I’m all for it. Jana’s strong enough not to be affected by the world, but Jinger could go as her watchdog.

nothingelsemakessense said:

She really doesn’t have experience as a single “mother”. Up until this year she had Jill and Jessa to co-parent, and she still has Jinger and now Joy. Jim Bob is at least as involved with his kids as a lot of fathers who work a lot as well.

paradox-of-the-gate asked:

Just wanted to ask you some questions. Are you pro-choice? Do you support trans rights? Where do you fall on the political scale?

For me, abortion isn’t just either pro life or pro choice, For the most part I am against it however, there are instances where I see it as an option.
1.the mother is under 18.
2.the mother and fathers combined income is under the poverty line
3.cases of rape.
4.if it poses a serious health risk.
Outside of those times, I’m against it.

I’m all for trans rights.

As for where I stand on the political scale, I would consider myself more right wing than not, and I’m libertarian

anonymous asked:

Something else to factor in to life in NY is how consumer costs, not just rent, but groceries, laundry, bar tabs, etc, etc are just so much more than in other cities. NYC used to have much higher salaries compared to other cities/ parts of the country that off-set how much more expensive it is, but that's seriously decreased in recent years (except for finance and tech salaries.) I once read a statistic that 50% of New Yorkers live under the poverty line and I wasn't surprised at all.

Laundry’s a real consideration there (and cigarettes if you smoke), but groceries are around the same cost as other places I’ve lived and bar tabs can be worked out by smart bar hopping. Either way, we’re just kind of being fucked all around in this country. 


i’m gonna be blunt: i’m not good at budgeting. i’ve come to learn i cannot live under the conditions the government has set forth. to that end, i am going to finally write a book. a novel if you will. i don’t plan for it to a bestseller overnight. i can only hope that it’s success will come. this is a decision i do not take lightly. i just can’t live under the poverty line anymore. tomorrow i set to write my book. for those who will join in this journey, i thank you.

                                                                             nero bloodtotem

This is a rant, excuse me.

I have to leave the college of my dreams which I have already nested in and made a home for myself. I’m so angry that the only reason I can’t stay at a school where I’m doing incredibly well and doing my damnedest to make the school better is that I’m under the poverty line.

My dad is wonderful, but completely unreliable. I knew from the beginning I would have a problem with getting him to pay, but my mom always made it happen. So when my mom lost it (literally, bipolar psychosis and paranoia) I kind of lost my saving grace. Now she can’t help out, my dad can’t (won’t?) help out, and I have to go to a school I never wanted to go to. This is especially hard because I was considered homeless for several years and it was remarkable go find a place I could make myself comfortable and surround myself with good instead of bad.

The point of this explosion of words is that the American system is so fucked up. Kids with a trust fund or parents who have saved for them to go to college are good to go and can do anything they want, even if they don’t deserve it. I have fought tooth and nail to get into this school, get the money to stay, and keep my grades up because this is my dream. I want to inspire a world of good and I want to change the world, but apparently you need a fat wallet to do that. I’m just so sad.

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Also frustrating: baby boomers who have made six figures for the last 20 years acting like it should be easy to live on 35-40,000 a year, because that would have been a good income when they were 30. (I live in the SF bay area, CA, 35,000 is poverty)

Oh god, the shit I heard when I was working retail and making $8.25/hour. I had so many older people tell me that was a ton of money to live on and I was absolutely dumbfounded. I was working almost full time (oh, businesses love to work you 39 hours, don’t they?) and was considered under the poverty line. 

But by all means, please tell me how you were able to pay for college just by working a summer job.

#Map Lesotho

Originally Written - 17/2/15

For our second digital humanities assignment I had to engage in a mapping activity of the Lesotho area. At first I was daunted with the prospect of doing this task as I had no previous experience in mapping software. Every time I participated in the mapping I documented my work in a PDF journal. I found this to be a good way of keeping track of my progress. I have attached a version of my  journal here - Map Lesotho Journal

Report Of The Activity 

Lesotho is a small land locked country just above South Africa. With a population of two million over 40% of the population live under the poverty line. In this respect it is important for us who can to help map the country, as a lot of Lesotho’s inhabitants don’t have the means or knowledge to undertake this operation. But why is this important? It is important because it allows groups of people living in Lesotho to view correct and informative maps of their country.

If there is a central computer in a library or educational institution for example residents can travel to these locations and view the maps collectively. This has many positive implications for the Lesotho region,  ranging from educational to economic to political. By utilising open source software this activity helps  spread the word of the open source movement. The amount of people engaging in the activity can quickly spread open source through hashtags and promotion. Following on from this I was ready to start the activity.

At first I found this activity hard as I wasn’t used to the software and I didn’t fully realise the need for the project. I overcame these two obstacles through a variety of ways. I used the help tab and I followed it through to the wiki. To me this was really helpful as it allowed me to quickly pick up the skills I needed. While doing the assignment I found it worthwhile to check what other users were editing and to view their edits. This way I was able to see how my edits should look. I thought that the website itself was good to work with and allowed easy access for editing. You could choose different layers for your map which helped me get a feel for the area in which I was working in.

I found the assignment quite difficult as a lot of the work was already completed in the Lesotho area by others. The three slides I included in the journal was the most I could do in terms of mapping. The information that was already marked was correct in my opinion. Due to this I couldn’t engage fully with this mapping exercise. I tried my local are and the area around the CBD of Paris, but again the work was already done. As well as this I tried my local area. Again the work was completed. The best I could do was re-label incorrect information.  I didn’t include the Paris and Cork activity in the journal as it was primarily editing names.

In order to make the experience a little easier,  I would like to have the ability to install a widget in the software that would allow me to look up information on the area I’m working on. I didn’t know much about Lesotho so I didn’t know what type of markers I should have been labelling my buildings. Taking this into account I did some research on Lesotho itself. The research aspect helped overcome the second obstacle. Through my research I eventually realised the need for it.

I would say that this project was beneficial to me as it was my first time engaging in a collaborative effort such as this. Both collaboration and crowdsourcing are two integral components in the field of digital humanities. Before this project I had little to no experience of these two aspects. For me the most beneficial aspect of the assignment was crowdsourcing. It allowed to me to engage in an activity with countless others. We were all working towards a common goal which made the experience much more fulfilling to me.

To conclude I would like to take a moment to criticise my own work method. If I were to do this again I would spend more time planning. While doing the actual mapping I engaged in sporadic burst’s of work rather than adhering to a well thought out work schedule. As I mentioned above I didn’t see the point of this assignment while beginning it, thus my work ethic was to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Looking back I should have had made a plan of action and thoroughly researched both mapping and crowdsourcing.


Bread for all. My first Social Design project. It was made to make people aware of the big percentage of children living under the poverty line in Europe. 

Shocking but true: One in every 5 persons in J&K is below poverty ine

Shocking but true: One in every 5 persons in J&K is below poverty ine

Despite swanky malls, large cars, and real estate developing in a big way in Jammu and Kashmir, the state also shares ignominy of having every one in five persons under the poverty line. While both Jammu and Srinagar may outwardly show wealth but in reality there has been a steep rise in the number of people who are below poverty line. A report reveals that there has been steady increase in…

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The man who tried to donate his organs

A man in Hangzhou City in east China’s Zhejiang Province texted police to donate his body and organs to science before committing suicide.   Wang’s suicide note: My last and biggest wish is to donate all my useful organs and body to charity. I hope you respect my choice.   A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance, official media said Wednesday.   “I have decided to donate my body and all my organs to charity. When you receive my message, I will already be dead.”

Further research has noted that potential reasons for his death would be his work pressure and his struggle to maintain the living standards in Hangzhou. Previous records has mentioned that he has been under the poverty line for quite a while and unable to reach or support his parents in a nursing home.

A man in Hangzhou City in east China’s Zhejiang Province texted police to donate his body and organs to science before committing suicide.   Wang’s suicide note: My last and biggest wish is to donate all my useful organs and body to charity. I hope you respect my choice.   A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance, official media said Wednesday.   “I have decided to donate my body and all my organs to charity. When you receive my message, I will already be dead.”

Further research has noted that potential reasons for his death would be his work pressure and his struggle to maintain the living standards in Hangzhou. Previous records has mentioned that he has been under the poverty line for quite a while and unable to reach or support his parents in a nursing home. 

Fighting maternal mortality in the Gambia

In a tiny barren village somewhere in Gambia, a woman is in labor but there are complications. Although health workers are present, none of them are qualified to provide emergency obstetrics care, meaning the woman will have to be transported to a larger hospital farther away from her location. Although maternal mortality is statistically on the decline, the Gambia remains one of the top ten countries in the world where it is most dangerous to become a mother.

Women in the Gambia are highly fertile however, many of them live under the national poverty line. Most women give birth to more than five children in their lifetime and lack of sexual education and birth planning makes each subsequent pregnancy more dangerous than the last. Last year alone, maternal mortality rates stood at 433 deaths per 100,000 live births (World Health Organization). CEO of Save the Children Carolyn Miles stresses that “conditions for mothers and their children in the bottom countries are grim, as nations struggle to provide the basic infrastructure for the health and wellness of their citizens”. Women living in remote and rural areas often lack the most basic tools for a medically sound delivery, such as clean water and cotton gauze.

What then are the main factors behind maternal mortality? Quality of care and availability of health services top the list. The primary cause of maternal deaths are delays in transporting women to health care facilities. In Gambia, a three-tier healthcare system separates rural clinics from basic clinics and major hospitals. The primary level consists of village health services, community health workers, and traditional birth attendants. The secondary level is made up of basic health clinics and facilities, and the tertiary level includes all major health centers and hospitals, as well as special privately-owned institutes or NGO-run institutes. In Gambia, only hospitals are qualified to provide emergency obstetrics care, meaning that women experiencing complications must be transported to a major hospital immediately.

A decline in health workers has resulted in longer wait times at clinics, further increasing the delay in treatment. Currently, the average wait time at a clinic is 68 minutes, but this wait time only occurs when the clinic is adequately staffed. The ratio of doctors to patients is 1:1964, and the ratio of nurses to patients is 1:5614, which shows the apparent need for medical professionals. Expectant women are denied necessary antenatal and postnatal care, and many women avoid clinics altogether, choosing to give birth at home instead, where they won’t have to wait in line for a doctor.

There are needless and life-threatening delays in Gambia’s healthcare system that transform the process of birth into a fatal, feared one. Considering the great shortage in trained medical professionals at the smaller regional healthcare centers, increased spending on training healthcare workers would yield long-term benefits for women. Establishing a healthcare system that functions adequately in rural areas as well as urban areas, would decrease treatment delays and grant more women access to lifesaving prenatal and postnatal care.

Tyranny of the Eagle

So a friend of mine asked me to do an essay in English about societal problems about the USA. Of course I took on the challenge, so I claim that USA has great many social problems, too much poverty, it’s not a capitalist society but a corporatist and the reasons why USA should stay out of so many countries. 

First of all, there are over 45 million Americans who are suffering from poverty. So basically, there are almost twice as many Americans suffering from impoverishment than there are Scandinavian citizens. Or the entire population of Spain. Is this a good role model for all the other countries to follow? Of course not. When over 10% of the population live under the poverty line, something is very much broken about the said system. 

My next argument is about the health care. You see, I live in Finland where there is a universal health care, but I still go to private hospitals because I have voluntary health insurance and a stable income. So I pay all my hospital treatments by myself. I leave the pubic healthcare for those who truly need free medical aid. 

Once I had a hernia surgery that was operated in a private hospital. No amount of taxpayer money was spent and guess how much it cost? 1800 dollars. Included painkiller medication and also a damn fine glass of cognac. Also the surgery was done by a specialist surgeon in a full anesthesia. Guess what is the price range in the USA? Between 4000 to 6000 dollars. Let that sink for a minute. I had a health insurance in Finland that has a notoriously high tax range with immense amount of taxation, and still I paid less for my surgery in the private market in Finland? No wonder USA spends 2,9 trillion into health care each year. 

Then again, USA has been causing so much trouble after world war 2 that I have little words to describe it. But I do have these: thanks a fucking lot for so damn many refugee problems! From Vietnam to Iraq, USA has been fighting a way too many wars. Hell, USA has been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than it did in the both world wars combined. Considering the fact that US military makes all the others look like redneck shooting clubs, that takes some pretty bad strategy to screw up so many wars. 

Then again, US internal politics are colorful when compared to what we have over here. I always wonder how on Earth can Americans vote republicans to control the worlds greatest military and the most modern nuclear arsenal. Also you guys did a wonderful job when you elected George W. Bush for both terms. What did he give the world? A goddamn war and a global recession when he couldn’t handle the economy and sub-prime mortages.

Then we go for the good old fashioned American capitalism. Then again, USA don’t have capitalism. Instead it has corporate power, where bit business rule. Or rather, let me show you this quote:

“ At the reference desk, we are frequently asked to estimate the number of federal laws in force. However, trying to tally this number is nearly impossible. “

  So, is this how a liberal, capitalist country is running? Of course not! In a liberal system the amount of laws would be so much smaller. And I’m not going to even talk about the amount of US business regulation laws. 

Also, do me a favor and please train your cops better. I work in private security in Finland, and if your cops are truly only trained for 6 months, I can say that I have much more comprehensive training than they have. And guess which one is allowed to carry a firearm and a taser?

There are great many good things about the USA. If it only were to return to it’s roots. 

PS, did I mention the tuition fees? 45 grand a year. Seriously, how can anyone afford to go to college over there?

Upward Mobility for the World’s Destitute


1. But almost all the gains have come from pulling up those just under the extreme poverty line, rather than from progress amid the ultrapoor: roughly the half-billion people who live on less than 75 cents a day. These truly destitute people have tended to stay that way.

2. The difference between poor and ultrapoor isn’t just one of degree. Being ultrapoor has an extra component: it is a trap so deep, people can’t take advantage of ways to improve their lives.They may not send their children to school, because they don’t believe they could keep them in school long enough to benefit from education. They don’t take microcredit loans, because they lack the skills to use them and the confidence that they can repay.


1) BRAC started by giving participants money-making assets. Some took goods to start a tiny store or leased a plot of land and bought vegetable seeds, but most families asked for animals. They got two kinds: for example, chickens for a quick return, plus a cow for the long run. They also got intensive training in how to use their new assets.

2) A second ingredient was a small regular grant of food or cash.That allowed participants to take time off from labor (or begging) to learn their new business. It also protected the business; they had less reason to sell the cow to buy food. BRAC also helped participants learn how to open a savings account and take preventive health measures. Because extreme poverty isolated many participants socially, BRAC set up a village poverty-reduction committee. Participants also were encouraged to plant vegetable gardens, and near the end of the program they received financial coaching.

>> The results, however, were astonishing. Virtually all the participants changed their lives. A year after the program ended, 97 percent had satisfied at least six of 10 indicators (having things like cash savings, steady access to food, diversified income, a latrine, a tin roof, or using family planning) and were considered graduated. Three years later, the number was 98 percent.

4. Now we know that it does. The BRAC program, adapted to local conditions, has been replicated in 20 countries, some of them on a wide scale. This week, an eagerly awaited study of the program in six of those countries — Ghana, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Honduras and Peru — was published in the journal Science. Local nongovernmental groups carried out the programs, with help and coordination from the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor at the World Bank. Money for the randomized controlled trials and for some programs came from the Ford Foundation.

5. In a lecture at Harvard, Duflo argued that something less tangible is going on: the effect of suddenly having hope. “What we hypothesize, although we cannot directly confirm it using this data, is that this improved mental health is what gave participants the energy to work more, save and invest in their children — we see in the data that children spend more time studying,” she said. “A little bit of hope and some reassurance that an individual’s objectives are within reach can act as a powerful incentive.”