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Is this the face of poverty? I am a woman I am Caucasian I am a working professional woman (or so I used to be) I am 59 years old I am the most educated with stellar credentials from prestigious schools I speak the Queens English I am unemployed for five years I lost my house to foreclosure I cannot make my rent I am considering living out of tent and my car I count my...

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POVERTY – Street Vendor

      I push a cart Across a road In a major city center I sell handbags Knock offs From china My child sits next to me all day and night Not in school. Not in home… No Father No Family Illegal from China minority but I blend into this city because I speak Cantonese… Playing with an old white Barbie silent She wears no shoes She has not eaten...

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POVERTY in the RUINS…

Beautiful sunrise Clear blue skies clouds breaking away Near complete stillness No pollution Pedi cabs, elephants roam Little morning noise. Kandy I awake to tea on my patio 5am 1982 My plan to walk Down the road To the Hindu Temple. Void of traditional yellows, reds, orange colors…. This temple has open grounds with grass. Grey statues of stone. Ornate. Not what I...

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WHAT DOES POVERTY ALLEVIATION MEAN TO YOU?

How do you define this? What do those two words mean to you in the context of individual change? These questions are important to consider when you evaluate your beliefs about alleviating poverty. They are defining of what your personal stand on the issue is and what your perspective is. Is poverty defined by the income standards one is raised in? In the context of a...

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THE FACE of POVERTY— November 2013

Words shorter than paragraphs. Sentences written from the heart Feelings in the skin of my soul Stories of what my eyes have seen. Memories ….. The eye of social justice My Catholic upbringing….. My namesakes never forgotten…. St Teresa of Avila St Therese –The Little Flower Mother Teresa Guided me to help the poor.

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POVERTY – Coke

COKE CANS Mother Brother Baby Scavenging For Aluminum For Money Hill Country Walk Through Field To Town Then Home…. Working Day Mt Hagan Papua New Guinea 2007

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POVERTY – Boys

  Naive Behaving with wonder Eyes clear Alive….. Two boys Rathafarians… Like all children In all places in the world Curious Addis Ababa Ethiopia 2012

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POVERTY – Hunger

  Starvation Drives Extreme Actions…. Feet up Head down Tongue licking Garbage bin… Boy In Rags Scavenging like a dog…. Tibet 1980’s

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POVERTY – China

  ROTE LEARNING Loud screams Calculated answers Mathmatics Heard from the outside Children’s Echo’s Petite Child Teacher Age 16 Rural Education Blackboard Chalk Wood desk and bench Cold Grey Cement Two by two Boys and brothers Try their best All literate All learning All desiring to know more Exited with so little Minimalism at its...

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THE POOR in HONG KONG—- Did you know?

Even the richest of the world’s communities has a percentage of people that live below the national standards. As I end the 15 part Hong Kong Chinese New Years series I want to write about poverty in this affluent city. Not unlike in America where so many people from outside the nation (foreigners) believe America is a rich country and no one is poor, there exists the...

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DAY FIFTEEN

Something Lucky, Something Sweet & the Light on the Last Day of Chinese New Year’s. This day is celebrated as the Shangsyuan Festival or the Lantern Festival. It is the day when a good-bye is said to winter and the spring festival is celebrated.  On this fifteenth night, the entire city is full of colorful lanterns, fireworks in sky, music all around, lions and...

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DAY THIRTEEN AND FOURTEEN— CLEANSING THE BODY

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guan_Yu These two days are dedicated to Guan Yu, the Chinese God of War as well as Success. He was the most successful general of the Han dynasty and therefore, traditionally all business houses and organizations pray to Guan Yu on this day. During these days, after two weeks of eating celebration rich foods, the Cantonese choose to cleanse...

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DAY ELEVEN AND TWELVE

Special Foods—– Dining In and Out of the Home in Hong Kong at New Years and through the Year. Throughout Chinese society  Day 11 and 12 are the days when it is customary for the people to  visit each other  in the home environment.  They invite them for dinners at their homes.   Myths and customs aside, these two days are  a time about family and...

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DAY NINE and TEN—– The Dragon Jade, my most precious gift.

Ninth Day: The traditional birthday of the Jade emperor is on this day and, from midnight of the eight day onwards, some communities like the Hokkiens hold prayers and offerings to their God. Tenth Day: Certain other communities celebrate the Jade Emperor’s birthday on this day. Eating continues, More Noodles and Gatherings of friends. JADE is the most important...

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DAY EIGHT— Jackie and Jade— The Celebration of the Jade Emperor

      It was said that the Jade Emperor was originally the crown prince of the kingdom of Pure Felicity and Majestic Heavenly Lights and Ornaments. At birth, he emitted a wondrous light that filled the entire kingdom. When he was young, he was kind, intelligent and wise. He devoted his entire childhood to helping the needy (the poor and suffering, the...

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DAY SEVEN— GROWING OLDER and ‘GIGEESOUP’

On this day, every Chinese is believed to grow a year older. If you mark your days by the western calendar, you + 1 year which is calculated from conception as the first year of life. So, when speaking to a Chinese person and asked “how old are you?” they expect you to say one year older than you are. And, the Chinese favorite questions run in three…. How old are...

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DAY SIX: VISITING TEMPLES

Zhengyue 6,    ‘Birthday of Horse’ The sixth day marks a time to visit temples, relatives and friends. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_of_worship_in_Hong_Kong http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Hong+Kong+Temples&qpvt=Hong+Kong+Temples&FORM=IQFRML#x0y0 Visiting temples was once a frequent normal way of life for the Hong Kong Chinese. The Buddhist,...

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DAY FIVE: EATING DUMPLINGS

Fifth Day (Po Woo): The fifth day is the day to eat Jiaozi or dumplings – a traditional Chinese food – which they believe will bring wealth and prosperity. On this day, people will not visit relatives and friends as it is believed the act will invoke bad luck. Dumplings to the Chinese are Ravioli’s to the Italian. These similar dishes are one of the oldest...

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DAY FOUR Urban vs Rural Spring Festival

Lunar New Years- Dragon, Day Four—— Jan 26, 2012 In Hong Kong (unlike my expat experience in Taiwan, Macau, China), Spring Festival provides foreigners the time to escape from their fast and furious lifestyle. They can stay in their homes or travel outside the country.  No local host national will be disappointed that “the foreign devil, the gweilo” has...

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DAY THREE VISITING TEMPLE

DAY THREE VISITING TEMPLE   Chinese New Years  Jan 25, 12 DRAGON– Third Day (Chikou/Chigau):   Through the 15 days of this New Years’ of the Dragon, I am going to write of my life in Hong Kong and the relationship between my: 1)   urban ( city girl )and rural ( outback girl) persona, 2)   humanitarian/aid/development work and corporate work, 3)   career...

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