Posts Tagged ‘displaced persons’
More good uses for the social media! Who would have thought that games and education would go hand-in-hand, but the social media of Kenya (and other developing nations all over the world) are accomplishing just such a marriage.
The mission for Games for Change is Catalyzing Social Impact Through Digital Games. Games for Change is a 501(c)3, nonprofit corporation located in New York. Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.
Unlike the commercial gaming industry, they aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects.
Nothing like trying out one of their games for a first-hand experience: Learn Financial Literacy while managing a team of racing squirrels.
Elimu appears to be leading the forefront in Kenya for putting education online.
Elimu is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) firm with an objective to build and maintain websites for every educational institution in Kenya. We intend to provide functionality to institutions in line with the digital age we are in.We welcome all interested parties to get involved.
There are many ways to become part of our initiative for Learning Instutions, Corporates and individuals. Engage in any our services and experience a our range of products
A Website per Learning Institution Initiative (AWPLI) is an initiative that is dedicated to building websites for all learning institution in Kenya. The initiative aims to heavily cut the cost for the institutions to get the websites by shifting costs to sponsoring corporates.
Started in May of 2008, A Website Per Learning Institution initiative was set up to place all educational institutions on the Internet in the most Functional, Effective And Sustainable way.
- Functionality: The websites built for the schools are now the most powerful mode of communication for the schools’ communities i.e. teachers, parents, students, alumni and ministry officials.
Health Information Services in Kenya
The two biggest factors currently preventing healthcare from reaching a larger proportion of the population are the high cost of services, and poor access to health facilities. Individuals currently carry the highest burden of healthcare costs, above both the central government and donor organizations. In a country where one out of two citizens lives below the poverty line, there is a vital need for a revamped health financing structure that can reduce the burden of out of pocket spending on health. [Sounds familiar, doesn't it?]
Encouraging inroads are being made in regard to educating people regarding healthcare issues via online games.With low-cost handsets and increasing penetration of mobile phone networks globally, millions of people who don’t have regular access to computers or fixed-line telephones now use mobile devices as daily tools for communication and data transfer.
9 Minutes: Women and girls play out the adventure of pregnancy in a game that rewards them for keeping both mother-to-be and the baby inside her healthy and happy. Players will learn the principles of managing a healthy and successful pregnancy, compressing the nine-month process into a short and compelling game experience.
Worm Attack!: Aimed at children 7 and older, players are tasked with keeping a growing number of boys and girls healthy by defeating the worms inside their tummies. They will gain awareness of the dangers of intestinal worms and learn about the simple de-worming solution that has had an incredible impact on children’s health and education.
[Note: de-worming is a very cheap process, done for pennies a day. Kenya has a national deworming program for school children. Deworming increased school participation by at least 7 percentage points, which equates to a one-quarter reduction in school absenteeism. More importantly, deworming increases the overall health of the child.]
Family Values: A fun and interactive “soap opera” with dramatic elements, Family Values is based on the narrative choices of “Choose Your Own Adventure” games. The interaction will enhance the perception of a girl’s value to a family, with an emphasis on extending girls’ education, as opposed to child labor or early marriage.
The three mobile games will be distributed in India, Kenya and Tanzania starting in late 2012 in partnership with game developer Mudlark (U.K.) and game publisher E-Line Media (U.S.). The project leverages a vast network of local and global NGOs, mobile operators and government agencies in order to reach millions of low-end mobile devices in the developing world.
The issue of displaced persons (whether internally displaced or migrant refugees who have crossed an international border) is a huge global/human problem. In part, it is being solved via the connectivity of the Internet provided on mobile phones that assist people in connecting with relatives from whom they have been separated. However, putting refugees in touch with their relatives is treating the symptom and not the cause, the reason the people were driven from their homes in the first place. According to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), there were 27.5 million IDPs around the world in 2010. This is no small problem and it unnecessarily causes deep human misery and ruined lives. Uprooted from their homes, they often travel miles away, often on foot, to large urban areas where they make their living on the streets any way they can.
Refugees United is an organisation that offers a safe, secure and anonymous way to find family and friends that you have lost contact with. This service is FREE of charge. Using their search tool, you are able to look for missing friends and family, even though you are far from home. At the same time you make it possible for them to find you.
We already have more than enough money to figure out a peaceful solution to our immigration problems that will beneficial to all–including displaced persons in our country from Mexico
$19 billion a year in farm subsidies that American taxpayers pay to subsidize Wall Street agribusinesses like Archer Daniel Midland and rich gentlemen farmers like Rockefeller.
Only $350 million of this go for the original purpose to subsidize the small American farmer who still lives on the land.
NO CORPORATION WHO IS LISTED ON ANY STOCK EXCHANGE SHOULD RECEIVE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES. WHY SHOULD ORDINARY AMERICANS BE FORCED TO SUBSIDIZE RICH WALL STREET SHAREHOLDERS—IRONICALLY WHO ARE THE SAME JACKASSES WHO BITCH ABOUT “BIG GOVERNMENT”. They don’t like “big government” then tell them to stop taking “big government” handouts.
WHY THE HECK SHOULD ORDINARY AMERICANS WHO DO NOT OWN STOCK ON WALL STREET BE FORCED TO SUBSIDIZE THE RICH WHO DO? THIS SHOULD STOP IMMEDIATELY.
NO MORE US TRADE AGREEMENTS: They are nothing more than corporate welfare contracts for murder and destructions of families paid for by the American taxpayers.
And the War to control the farm lands and natural resources in Colombia continues. Five million people in Colombia have been displaced because of military and paramilitary violence. It is estimated that 60% of these people are farmers.
Narco News reports that rural populations of Tolima and Arauca appear to be slated for repression and forced relocation. More unionists are murdered each year in Colombia than the rest of the world combined. According to Jeff Vogt, Global Economic Policy Specialist for the AFL-CIO, there were 48 known assassinations of unionists in Colombia in 2009.
Troops of the 21st Mobile Brigade (the national army) have been present in the areas of Arauca and Tolima for two years now. These troops have damaged the aquaducts that supply water to the populations, damaged forests that protect the small springs of water that flow into the aquaducts and polluted the water with trash–around the sources of water that the communities consume. Anyone who makes a complain is immediately threatened with the paramilitaries or labeled a guerrilla.
Both Arauca and Tolima have natural resources coveted by transnational corporations. Tolima is a major producer of rice, cotton and coffee as well as gold deposits.
In November of 2008, ASTRACATOL and a number of leading labor and human rights organizations signed a statement detailing a long list of abuses by the Army’s 21st Mobile Brigade, including ongoing contamination and disruption of the water supply and threats and arbitrary detentions against community members spuriously accused of being members of the FARC.
In late January a mass grave was discovered in La Macarena. The grave was dug by the Colombia Military and contains some 2,000 corpses. The military claims these are the bodies of guerrillas killed in battle. The grave was discovered as a result of children becoming sick after drinking run-ff from a stream located by the site. SOURCE
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
We can write to our elected officials and demand that they end all aid to Colombia–especially military aid until Colombia has stopped abuses of farmers and union members. Our elected officials should be supporting dialogue and negotiations for a just peace in Colombia instead of sponsoring this devastating corporate abuse of the people of Colombia that is supported by our tax dollars.
ENOUGH OF WALL STREET AND ITS SPONSORED MURDERS PAID FOR WITH THE TAX DOLLARS OF HARD-WORKING AMERICANS.
Mexicans are not the only displaced persons that we have in the Third Congressional District. We also have at least 500 refugees locally from the Middle East and several thousand Texas-wide
#1 Displaced Persons from Mexico because of our Trade Agreements
That’s correct. Our nation has approximately 12 million displaced persons from Mexico. At least 10 million of them were displaced and driven across the border by the USA and our legislation. But that is a fact that neither Democrats NOR Republicans want to talk about it because they are BOTH responsible. Our Congressional leaders need to consider this when they are devising solutions for what they call the “illegal immigration problem.” They need to address the root cause which is NAFTA, an unfair trade agreement that removed tariffs protecting the Mexican Corn farmers; and the $19 billion of corporate welfare/farm subsidies that we annually fork over to Wall Street crooks like Archer Daniel Midland and Cargill. [I have no problem with the $350 million of that which goes to small farmers who still live on their land--the rest we need to wrest from the rich. It is absurd that they get these handouts!]
#2 We Have Displaced Persons from the Middle East Because of a War that Our Leaders Knowingly Began on a Lie
A little less than a year and half ago in December of 2008 our community received an estimated 500 refugees from war torn Iraq. These refugee families had been living in Syria for some time and were in dire need of all kinds of assistance. Most of them are traumatized due to devastating experiences in Iraq – their home country where they had living for years and generations and then had to flee the war zone that we created. They lost everything and became totally dependent on the Syrian Government and people who have been taking care of almost two million refugees for the last few years.
Muslim Community Center for Human Services was among the agencies that coordinated efforts to help the refugees settle in the area. The needs of this group of refugees will include housing, schooling of children, health care including psychiatric care, English language skills, employment and many more. Government agencies will help in documentation, initial housing, and healthcare. The Muslim community will have to pitch in to provide them a sense of comfort and security.
Many including children were and probably still are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Between 2006 and 2009, 2,822 Iraqis officially resettled in Texas. Thousands more are on the way. Laura Burke of The Texas Observer wrote a great piece on their story titled “Building Little Baghdad–an Iraqi refugee community sprouts up in Dallas – Ft. Worth that appeared in the March 5th issue.
If/when you see others becoming upset over these displaced persons in our Nation, please remind them that it was our leadership in Washington and their VERY BAD decisions that created this problem in the first place. These people are our responsibility.
And the solutions that some, such as Sam Johnson, have suggested–to put them in jail or to “nuke em”" are not viable–unless of course you are having a conversation with Glenn Beck.
*Feb 19,2005 Sam Johnson retold a story at a pancake breakfast in Collin County. “Syria is the problem,” he said. “Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in y view You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on ‘em and I’ll make one pass. We won’t have to worry about Syria anymore.”
Only problem, Sam. We still have to worry about you.
ANY IMMIGRANT WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE WHO VOTES FOR SAM JOHNSON IS A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN HOODWINKED.
In addition to being citizens of the Third U.S. Congressional of Texas, I hope that the people in my district will also keep the larger perspective of themselves as citizens in the world and the power that they have as voters to change things. All ordinary citizens of the world face problems today because of the war mongering ideology that the leadership of the most powerful nations in the world have been wielding against ordinary citizens of their countries and especially against the countries of developing nations.
In addition, our leaders in the USA have voted for and continue to support large farm subsidies ($19 billion dollars a year) to corporate agribusiness such as Archer Daniels, convicted criminals of price fixing in the mid 1990′s. This policy of heavily subsidized commodities costs Americans even billions more every year and creates unfair competition with other nations whose governments do not subsidize large agribusinesses like Mexico.
Then you add our irresponsible legislators who pass trade agreements like NAFTA and you have a cocktail for human disaster. USA corporate agribusiness, with the assistance of our Congress, devastated the Mexican economy and over the past 15 years have sent millions of displaced persons from Mexico into the USA. Until the root problem that includes both the unfair trade agreement AND the the removal of farm subsidies for large agribusinesses is addressed, there will be no real change.
In dealing with the huge issues that our nation faces today with displaced persons from Mexico, I suggest that we renegotiate NAFTA and put the tariffs back in. In addition I suggest that we take that taxpayer largess of $19 billion ( $18.5 of it going to corporate agribusinesses and rich Sunday farmers who live in New York City) and apply all but $1 million of it to addressing the issues of the health and welfare of both the Mexican AND American citizens whose lives have been economically devastated by this irresponsible legislation.
That $1 billion would be reserved for the 2% of family farmers who still live on the land that they farm. Today, those Americans get only $380,000 million of that total annual $19 billion that American taxpayers fork over to Corporate Agribusinesses. If that is not obscene (disgusting to the senses, repulsive) then we need to rewrite the definition of obscene. As far as I can tell, “obscene” is the perfect description for the current farm subsidy giveaway to corporate agribusinesses.
In the final analysis, it is only ordinary citizens like us who can change the world. This video about Doctors Without Borders reminded me of that truth this morning.
Migration of displaced persons to the USA is one of the several elephants in the room that is being ignored these days by BOTH parties and that’s because they created the problem–the Republicans with their farm subsidies for Wall Street and the Democrats with their beloved NAFTA.
Displaced persons have migrated here in such masses (estimates of 12 to 20 million) due to legislation that our elected officials in congress have passed for the last 30 years.
- $19 billion dollars a year in farm subsidies to Wall Street Agribusiness giants line Archer Daniels. The original intent of these subsidies was to give a hand up to small family farmers who live on the land that they farm. Today only 2% ($380 million) of those subsidies go to the small farmer. All the rest go to Wall Street corporations like Archer Daniels.
- NAFTA – until NAFTA came into law in 1994, the number of Mexicans in our country had been stable for years at about 2 million. NAFTA removed the tariffs that protected the Mexican corn farmers and US agribusinesses attacked the Mexican corn market like locusts and destroyed it. The small Mexican farmers could not compete with the heavily subsidized Archer Daniels and Cargill corn. ADM has cost the American economy billions of dollars since 1980 and has indirectly cost Americans tens of billions of dollars in higher prices and higher taxes over that same period. At least 43 percent of ADM’s annual profits are from products heavily subsidized or protected by the American government. Moreover, every $1 of profits earned by ADM’s corn sweetener operation costs consumers $10, and every $1 of profits earned by its ethanol operation costs taxpayers $30. SOURCETHAT’S RIGHT, THANKS TO LEGISLATION PASSED BY CONGRESS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LITERALLY FOOT THE BILL FOR ALMOST HALF OF ARCHER DANIEL’S (ADM) PROFITS. ADM is at least as competent as Goldman Sachs when it come to stealing from the American people.
We need to reclaim all but 2% of that $19 billion dollars that we are paying out to ADM and other Wall Street Agribusinesses and use that money to begin to repair the damage that they have done–to both the Mexican and the American people.
Many of our legislators and almost all of Wall Street are bullies and we the people are their victims. Until we send people to Washington who understand the problem and who also have the guts to fight to see that REAL solutions are found and implements, you can expect more of the same. Want more of the same? Then continue to elect the same people until they die and then are replaced with a reasonable facsimile.
If you vote for Sam Johnson, or any Republican, you can expect more of the same unapologetic support of Wall Street to the detriment of those who live on Main Street.
If you vote for a Democrat, you can expect more of the same support of Wall Street accompanied by a lot of doublespeak explaining how the knife in your back really isn’t a knife.
If you are lucky enough to have an ordinary citizen running for office who is not affiliated with any party or group such as the Tea Bag Party bunch–at least give that person your ear and listen to what they have to say.