The subject of this post is something that came to mind when I was travelling through Asia, by train (an experience I can recommend to everyone). It was a large trip through several countries, and aside from the beautiful sights I came across there were a few countries that had less pleasant sights of waste and garbage that was collected everywhere but in a professional waste disposal plant. At times it was so bad that the smell of rotten food penetrated the train, which is probably the moment that this subject was born.
You see, it’s one thing that governments refuse to regulate waste disposal and choose to have their garbage laying on the streets, but what really strikes me is that people apparently live in these circumstances without any trouble and nobody seems to care about the waste and stink around them. You would think that somebody would stand up and start an organizations to get rid of the garbage, but no, it’s a thing that is commonly ignored by the whole population.
It makes me proud and happy that I live in a country with regulated waste disposal, and after reading some of the best reviews we can all help and do our personal bit for a clean environment.
And as I was travelling plans came to mind to help sell and install disposals in peoples’ sinks, but then I realized this would not work. It’s just not in their culture. I have even witnessed people walking by bodies without a sign of disgust, the lack of hygiene is so deeply rooted in their society that an approach like this wouldn’t help.
In my opinion there’s just one solution, and that is the government. They should first help build awareness, and then deal with the problem as soon as possible.
As mentioned in my plaint on women rights in Asia the situation seems to be on a standstill for ages. However, I recently noticed that the conditions are improving in a few countries. In most countries women already earned the right to vote (as a result of a struggle which lasted ages!). But today, we also see women in important political positions, and that’s a major step forward.
However, the struggle is far from over yet. Women may have gained some rights, but they are still deprived from many others.
The government needs to take major steps to empower women. The dowry tradition leads to forced marriages, these forced marriages result in divorces, which leaves the single, helpless mothers to take care of their children. Worse still these women are shunned by the society and their own families.
This is why governments should provide financial aid for single mothers. This aid can be provided as microloans or through NGO’s, so women can work while staying at home and start their own small businesses.
Laws should be made to eradicate evils like domestic violence, forced marriages, polygamy and many others.
And to enhance the rights of women to inherit properties and other valuables, the already present laws should be implemented und fulfilled.
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Micro financing is a relatively new act of providing loans to those in need. Generally for entrepreneurial reasons, these loans are provided to help boost a country’s economy and generate revenue. They help those who are talented and in need of work, those who want to work and earn a living for themselves but do not have the right resources.
The amount of money given is generally less than $200. Many people in South America, Africa (Kenya and South Africa are both good examples), Asia (think Philippines) have better hope for survival today just because of these microloans. They lacked capital and advice to find a way of earning a decent living, but now people have opened up their own small businesses like fruit stalls, barber shops, and other small revenue generating jobs.
This initiative is taken by the governments to uplift the spirit of the poor and give them hope, and it has proven to be a great succes.
Obviously, we highly welcome initiatives like this. Which is why we created this post; as a well meant bravo to the governments of these countries.
Keep it up!