UK Poverty

Last Few Days and Time to Decide Where to Help Next?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Supporting Nema has some incredible advantages. Of course there is the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing some good, albeit in very difficult circumstances where nothing seems to progress as planned...

An Opportunity to Celebrate the Achievements of Deafblind People Around the World

James Thornberry | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Being deafblind anywhere in the world is a challenge that requires specialist support. However in the developing world being born without sight or hearing can have a devastating impact on your life...

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.

The Minimum Wage Is Worthless Unless It's a Living One

Charlie Mullins | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

We need to make people want to work in this country and as far as I'm concerned we should abolish the National Minimum Wage, and replace it with a National Living Wage.

Jessica Elgot

Here's Proof An Extra £1.34 An Hour Can Make A Huge Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

What difference does £1.34 make? According to a year-long study by the Living Wage Commission, it could be enough to end the "national scandal" of...

Our 'Fat Man' Driver Is Late and We See Lisa's Fury in Its Full Glory

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

A sure sign that you might be getting to grips with a new language is to express yourself coherently when angry (and of course understanding local jokes). Well this morning Lisa, our charity manager, is displaying her disapproval of the freelance driver we have hired to get us around.

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Rose Caldwell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations.

‘Too Poor To Socialise': Experts Say Government's Efforts To Curb Poverty Have Failed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

Millions in the UK are too poor to engage in common social activities, experts have said, as a new report suggests that full-time work is not always s...

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

'Poor Brits Are Living More Like They're In The Ex-Soviet Bloc'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's poor are worse off than their neighbours and suffering the same sort of living standards seen in the ex-Soviet bloc countries, stark new ana...

FIFA Is a Global Tax Bully

Rachel Baird | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Baird

World football organiser FIFA has in recent days been compared with the Mafia, accused of rampant corruption and described as 'beyond the pale'. But,...

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.

Why Oxfam Is Right to Care About Poverty on Our Doorstep

Priya Shetty | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Priya Shetty

Somehow, there's a bizarre idea of the nobility of poverty in developing countries. It's as if there's a better quality of poor person in India or parts of Africa - people in rags, probably with limbs missing, who beg pleadingly for a few coins.

Salma Yaqoob Calls Tory Iain Duncan Smith A 'Scrounger' On BBC's Question Time

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

Salma Yaqoob called Tory bigwig Iain Duncan Smith a “scrounger” on Thursday’s Question Time, attacking the secretary for works and pensions ove...

Hospitals, Health Posts and Mobile Ambulancesl

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

The most common causes of infant mortality are dysentery and malaria but as you might expect there are also many problems during labour and birth. In the past few days we have been visiting the doctors, nurses and hospital. We are trying to work out where it would be best to help.

'Our Son Loves Drawing, But We Can't Even Afford The Pens And Paper'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Vicky's 15-month-old son Oliver-James absolutely loves drawing. But coloured felt-tips and paper for him to scribble with are beyond the budget of his...

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

My Shopping List Consists of Bike Parts, Chicken Coops and Some Bamboo Poles...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

The walk from Nema HQ to the local village isn't too far but in hot mid-morning sun our initial enthusiastic pace slows down to a more sedate lumber. I'm quite pleased and refreshed when the recent rains have flooded the road and we need to wade through holding our modest long skirts up.

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Consider for a moment some of the countries currently making the news and the challenges that lie ahead in rebuilding infrastructures and services disrupted by internal conflict, chronic violence and protracted crisis: the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan...

Scientists Accused Of Turning Into 'Activists' Over Global Warming

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Scientists have been accused of confusing their role as impartial observers with green activism after a paper challenging predictions about the speed ...

Vast Inequality Is a Stain on Our Society

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

There can be no greater challenge to a just society than a gaping divide between rich and poor. And it's a problem that, by it's very nature, will only get worse unless serious action is taken. That means both lifting the poorest out of poverty and also bringing the richest back down to earth.

Mozambique: Back in the Air and Back on the Blog

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

It's been a while since I was in the air alone, with time to do exactly what I want. Drink wine, read a book, watch a movie, chat up my neighbour...or even put fingers to keyboard and bash away. Since my last productive blogging moment when I spent a few weeks travelling around the USA for JoJo, I have been away, but only in the company of my lovely boys...

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.

Beware, in This Digital Age, of the Wrath of the People

Hugh Salmon | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

WRATH: 1. strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire. 2. vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.