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Unfortunately I was unable to connect with a partner (so far). I listened to a podcast on the World Reform Radio. Delfina Mitchell who is the Director of the Liberty Children’s Home in Belize City.  The podcast focused on orphaned, abandoned or abused children. This was the closet topic I could find to poverty available on podcasts. The conversation was described a little boy who had been in the home and shut down until he had an experience riding a horse which helped him to open up.

I also visited childhoodpoverty.org and read the section on poverty in China. Three insights I found interesting were:4.2 million Chinese children live in absolute poverty and 8.7 million live in disadvantaged conditions.

Also the number of poverty-stricken children declined in the 90’s.

In Beijing, China’s richest city, 75% of poor families could not afford education fees even when receiving government assistance.

It was interesting to see such a high poverty level in China.

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  1. It is very interesting to see what is happening in China and I believe it will reflect the future of the US if we don’t address severe inequality that is built into our global economic system. China is fueling this monster economic growth engine that is widening the gap between rich and poor, destroying our environment and leaving over 2 billion children suffering from malnutrition. I truly believe that we need to address this global economic system and change the way we consume and produce in order to change the issue of poverty.

  2. I wasn’t able to get in contact with anyone either. I did the alternate assignment as well. I did not know the poverty level was so high in China. It is so sad to realize that families are not afford to educate their children even with government assistance. We are so blessed to have free education. Thank you so much for sharing that information.

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