Food Insecurity in a SNAP

  The SNAP Challenge is a weeklong experiment to get a glimpse of what life can be like for low-income Americans living on food stamps. The average daily food stamp benefit is only $4 per person per day. I took on this challenge for a “Justice and Civil Society” course in college to better understand the difficulties and unfairness of our nation’s lack of food security. My limit for a week’s worth of meals was […]

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Culture of Education

Growing up under my parents’ roof, I constantly heard them reminding me to study, do my homework, and pay attention in class.  At the time, it was a bit of an annoyance.  I wanted to be indifferent to my schoolwork because I recognized its time-consuming nature rather than its practical applications.  Fortunately for me, my parents emphasized the latter.  By worrying about my success in the classroom, they created a culture of education inside our […]

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A Lasting Impact

I’ve been known to do things a little bit differently from the rest, and my choice of traveling has been no different. I spent my past spring semester studying abroad in Uganda, and two years before that I took a gap year and traveled to Tanzania.  Looking back on my travel experiences I can confidently say that living in a developing country has its challenges- its ups and downs, but I have never been so […]

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Educational Challenges Faced by Children in India

Far too often we as inhabitants of a developed country take for granted the simplest of luxuries available to us. Unfortunately we easily fall victim to our routine lifestyles and fail to recognize that we have the simplest of necessities, such as clean water running from our tap while 783 million people in the world do not. Most children begrudgingly get out of bed in the morning to pack their backpacks with their books, notepads, […]

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Barriers to Education

Although having only working at Profugo for a short time, the incredible results of their projects are evident. When reading the students responses to the opportunities given through The Student Sponsorship Program, I found one student stood out to me. Sujeeth, after two years in the English Speaking program, explained “I am learning many new English words. After each class my parents ask me what I have learned, so I am also teaching them a […]

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