Grassroots Voices

The Cost of Living Crisis Costing the UK’s Mental Health

By Chelsie Lee Rattigan After recently recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are entering a new crisis, the cost-of-living crisis within the UK.  The cost-of-living crisis, life on low pay, rising prices, humanitarian crisis, inflation, rising energy prices, hunger crisis, homelessness, despair. These are just some examples of what the UK public is exposed to …

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Rohingya Refugee Crisis: A Representation of Nature’s Sufferings

By Sumaia Binte Islam Today the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar region are symbols of Bangladesh’s deterrent environmental conditions. On one hand, human beings are being deprived of their basic human rights while nature is also showing symptoms of its dire conditions.   On July 27, 2021 Devastating floods and landslides struck the refugee camps as a result …

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Nigeria in the Face of Catastrophic Flooding

By Eniola Abdulroqeeb Arowolo  Over the years, Nigeria has faced the detriments of climate change which has, according to a report by BBC, left over a million people displaced. The country is used to seasonal flooding and has continued to be a disturbing threat to the lives and properties of the people.  This brings one to the …

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The Splendid Pearl of the Silk Road: Now and Future of Tourism in Kashgar

By Ge Qu, Ziming Cheng and Yunya Lin ” Xinjiang is a great place, not coming to Kashgar means you haven’t been to Xinjiang.” This kind of slogan can be seen in major tourist attractions in Kashgar. Kashgar, as the main route of the Silk Road and an international business hub where domestic and foreign business people gather, is …

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Moving towards formality: The case of the informal sector in Lima, Peru

By: Diego Paredes Ramírez In countries with high rates of population growth and urban migration, the informal sector accounts for a large part of the economic activity. According to a study by the economist Jacque Charme, the informal sector represents 50% to 70% of non-agricultural GDP in developing countries. This sector absorbs the growing need …

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Paving the Path Towards 100% Literacy

The journey so far for AlterYouth only goes to show that all it takes is grit and genuine passion to make your dreams into a reality. Asifun Nabi didn’t just make his own dream of someday seeing Bangladesh parallel to countries such as America a reality. He also made dreams of many unfortunate children of achieving literacy such as Sufia, a reality.

Solomon Islands’ Photographers Sparks Change Through Lens

By: Jeremy Gwao Solomon Islands is a country with diverse cultures and rich traditions. Given its vast dialects, locals speak different languages. For photographer Neil Nuia, it is through photos that he can tell universal stories about his island nation. Neil, 31, aspires to be a changemaker through his photography. Another passionate youth is 29-year-old …

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Aunty Sue: Revealing the Importance of Empathy and Love in Creating Community Impacts

By: Hein Min Aung She grew up in a rural area with no electricity and poor telecommunication which had very rare connections with other places. She dropped out of school in Grade-9 and had to stop her journey of formal education at the age of 14 since her family could not provide financial support any …

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360ed Myanmar: Using Technology to Advance the Country’s Educational System

By Phillip Subu In the past fifty years, Myanmar was trapped in a dictatorial regime and was isolated from the rest of the world. Its current antiquated educational system cannot prepare the young generation to solve new challenges and its teachers are not equipped to teach 21st century learning skills. Rote learning, a memorization technique based on …

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