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  1. I’m not so much arguing for something, because I honestly don’t know how to fix this, but I am arguing against the system we have in place now. I’m especially concerned about the justifications used to maintain that system. But yes, it seem like a minimum safety net would help.
  2. I’m thinking a lot about how some children get so much more than others, based simply on what the adults in their lives can provide. I really can’t figure out why we’re okay with this.
  3. I think it shouldn’t be too hard to keep this from getting partisan, even If some responses might be influenced by your political leanings. If a child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) cannot provide for that child’s basic needs, should other systems be created to provide for that child? If so, what basic needs should be taken care of? What organizations should help create those systems? What about if you think of this on a global scale, rather than a national scale? If a child’s parent is able to provide for a child but refuses to do so, does your answer to the above change in any way?
  4. I’m also trying to be careful with zoom sessions because of internet safety. If I expand it beyond people I know personally, I’ll need to do background checks. Right now I’m requiring that a parent is sitting next to the child during the session.
  5. I set up twice-weekly zoom reading sessions with most of the children starting in June and that has been going well, although getting the internet to work is always a challenge and reading twice a week isn’t anywhere near enough. Coordinating time zones is also tricky. I’m going to recruit more volunteers soon, hopefully for math too. But because of time zones and parent work schedules, we can only do one zoom call a day in the evening, so each child in the home gets at most two 30- or 40-minute sessions a week. I need something else to go along with this. The children are refugees livi
  6. The mail is a mess right now because of corona, so I can’t count on that, unfortunately. I do have good bookstores here with books in English, but I can’t necessarily get any certain book or curriculum. I’ve looked at the free list and will probably be printing things off of it. My biggest concern is adult guidance. I just don’t know how to make that happen during corona.
  7. I think this is the better board to ask this, rather than the chat board where I usually hang out now. I’m looking for ideas to help some families I know whose children need educational support. The basic situation is that I live in a low-income country, schools are closed because of corona, and even when schools reopen, the children I know probably won’t be able to attend school for a variety of safety, financial, political reasons resulting from corona. In addition, the children are already behind in school because of civil war displacements. The most extreme example is a 10yo girl who has
  8. I love these types of threads. There’s no other place I can find on the internet where I can learn about different Christians’ interpretation of the Bible. Dreamegirl, I especially appreciate what you’ve contributed here,
  9. When I read this story earlier today, I thought about the people I met from Kerala when we lived in the Gulf. There are millions of people from Kerala in the Gulf and corona has been terrible for them. They’re usually completely dependent on their employers and often have to work off debts, so job losses or reductions in hours hit hard, plus all the travel restrictions mean that there haven’t been flights home, even if they were allowed to leave by their employers. Seeing a repat flight crash like this is very sad.
  10. This is one reason why someone might prefer to make their own masks. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/19/world/asia/china-mask-forced-labor.html Actually, all our masks have come from a local group of refugee women. They cost more than the ones I can buy at stores here, but they last longer and the women need the income right now.
  11. We do masks and windows down when we’re in a car with people outside our family. A maskless short drive probably isn’t very risky, but a mask is so easy to put on for almost everyone. You can’t social distance in a car like you can outside.
  12. Food insecurity is so high right now because of corona fallout. Almost no wealthier countries have increased funding and it’s very possible that the world will experience one of the worst famines ever soon. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/food-agency-chief-world-brink-hunger-pandemic-70269400 I know that corona has been hard for many people in wealthier countries, but it has been really hard to see how devastating it has been in other parts of the world and how little attention it has gotten.
  13. It sounded even worse than that from what I read. The Australian embassy is less than 2 kilometers from the blast site. The embassy of Argentina is about the same distance, although a little further east, and it looks like this. https://www.telam.com.ar/notas/202008/498363-libano-embajada-argentina-beirut.html
  14. 85 percent of their grain storage was damaged or destroyed. Lebanon imports 80 percent of their wheat and corona was already affecting their imports. Now they have less than a month of grain available for the country and getting more is difficult because grain exports, especially from Ukraine, are down. If you can open it, this article has an image of the blast radius. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/04/world/middleeast/beirut-explosion-damage.html More than three-quarters of a million people live within 3 kilometers of the blast and there was a lot of damage within
  15. Of course. This list came from an organization here in Egypt who is trying to get people to help.
  16. I’m sure that many of you have already heard about the massive explosion in downtown Beirut yesterday evening. Here are some organizations you might consider donating to if you want to help. Lebanon has gone through a recent civil war and now hosts the world’s largest number of refugees per capita. Every third person in the country is a refugee. Hospitals were damaged and destroyed, something you don’t need during a pandemic, and hundreds of thousands of people are homeless. As always, please do some research before donating to any non-profit. I have friends who were injured in this blas
  17. And how this is affecting refugees who aren’t in camps (this comment isn’t really about vaccines anymore). Border closures are devastating for refugees, obviously. Some friends of mine were this.close to getting their two young children out of a country that has been dealing with civil war for the last 7 years when the borders closed because of corona. Flights have reopened in one direction, but not the other, and even when they do reopen, I don’t know how long it’ll take to secure tickets for those two children on limited flights with high demand. And refugees in camps can at least count on
  18. But even that is based on resources. Lower-income countries don’t have the ability to test at a very high rate, so outbreaks are underreported. And lower-income countries have been affected much more dramatically than higher-income countries, no matter the size of the outbreak. There is no way that the reported death rate in my country is accurate or the reported number of cases, so our numbers wouldn’t justify getting the vaccine here quickly if it were based on current outbreaks. But over half the population is now borrowing money just to cover basic food and rent. Most children have no a
  19. Yeah, when they talk about getting 1.5 billion doses cranked out, you know that most of them are going to high-income countries and almost none of them to middle- or low-income countries. It’s going to take a very long time to vaccinate the world. I live in Africa and the country I’m in is working with China to become the regional producer of a Chinese-developed vaccine. It also has ordered half a million doses or something like that of a vaccine from the UK. But unless we completely upend a lot of things, vaccine distribution is almost certainly going to give a very clear picture of ho
  20. Individual bags of chips. I wouldn’t be very interested in shared dishes right now.
  21. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Having an excuse to shut down Xinjiang even more completely than normal would be very convenient for China right now.
  22. This is something like it, but I don’t really follow a recipe. https://www.heatherdisarro.com/simple-arugula-pesto/ I buy mature arugula (that’s the way it’s used in most of the Middle East), so it’s more flavorful (some say more bitter) than what you’d probably find in the US I use three bunches, a hunk of feta, a dollop of olive oil, a couple of cloves of fresh garlic, and at least a tablespoon of lemon juice, usually more. Add salt if needed, and adjust anything.
  23. I make a pesto (that some might not consider true pesto) with arugula, feta, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Super easy and we have it on pasta, or as a dip for flatbread, or as a sauce for pizza.
  24. This is pretty much what my American 12yo ds who has been raised almost entirely outside the US knows. He’s learning a lot of history watching Hamilton. I’m filling in lots of context, because there’s Hamilton and there’s Hamilton, and I think both are essential to understanding US history.
  25. Just finished it. I’ve read so much about Hamilton but have never seen it or listened to it. We loved it and will be watching again tomorrow.
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