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How to Help the Victims of the Nepal Quakes


Nepal and neighboring countries have once again been rattled by a massive earthquake. Survivors of both quakes are now in dire need of food, water and shelter.

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If you’re wondering what you can do to help, we recommend donating to these five trusted charities who have established a presence in Nepal.

Waves for Water – Focusing on providing clean water via filtration to communities around the world, Waves for Water mobilized an urgent clean ­water disaster relief initiative in response to the earthquake. At least 400 clean-­water filtration systems have been donated, which can provide up to 40,000 quake victims with access to clean water, almost immediately.

Operation USA – This organization is working closely with the Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu to distribute medical aid to rural areas. 95% of donations go straight to relief efforts. You can text “AID” to 50555 to donate $10.

Seva Foundation – This U.S.-based nonprofit is at the forefront of treating blindness. With over three decades of experience working in Nepal, the organization set up an emergency relief fund to help clinics and hospitals located throughout the epicenter.

ActionAid USA – Having a strong relationship with various women’s rights organization across the U.S., this organization is currently working with a team of 70 people in Nepal to distribute food, water and health care needs. 90% of donations go to relief efforts. To make a donation click here.

GlobalGiving – This charity fundraising website that has set up a fund specifically for Nepal relief efforts. It has routed donations to 26 different aid groups in Nepal in an effort to help first responders and provide water, clothing and medical equipment. 85% of donations go to relief efforts. To make a donation of $10, text “GIVE NEPAL” to 80088.

If you wish to donate to other organizations consider visiting Charity Navigator, a leading resource for evaluating the work of nonprofits. The organization has posted a list of highly-ranked charities that have mounted relief operations in Nepal.

Family Members Are Still Desperately Searching For Loved Ones Missing Since The Guatemalan Volcano Eruption Last Year

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Family Members Are Still Desperately Searching For Loved Ones Missing Since The Guatemalan Volcano Eruption Last Year

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On June 3, 2018, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted three years after it showed signs of activity. The people that live in the neighboring village always understood that active volcano could erupt. Records of activity date back to the 1500s, and while there had been evacuations in the past, no one had ever died until last year.

A year since the eruption of Fuego in Guatemala, the total number of people dead is 201, yet 229 people remain missing.


On the anniversary of the eruption, family and friends continue to mourn their loved ones, even though their remains have never been found.

“I do not even have anywhere to go to lay down a bouquet of flowers,” Norma Ascon told Al Jazeera. “It hurts.” Ascon lost two teenage children last year, and their bodies remain buried.

According to the Al Jazeera, Ascon “lost 33 relatives that day, but only the remains of 22 were found. Her two children, father, grandfather, a sister, and six other relatives are still missing.”

A group called Antigua Al Rescate has taken it upon themselves to help the community near the volcano by searching for missing people.


“A year later, we are not the same people who left each morning at Ground Zero in search of the remains of missing community members, unaware of what the day was bringing,” they said on Facebook. “One year later, each of those who got involved in one way or another, has reconciled their experience with his life. No one (including firefighters, rescuers, volunteers and everyone who got involved without asking for anything in return) can be the same after having witnessed so much pain and despair. We have all found in the survivors the inspiration and the example to not let us overcome and resurface: together with them, we became resilient. The members of the community are not the same and, for good, they have managed to resist and lead their own cause in search of dignity and justice – something magical and hopeful.”

According to media reports, 2,000 people remain in shelters. The U.S. Congress also allocated $650,400 in the 2019 budget to go towards searching for the missing people.

READ: 11 Of The Deadliest Natural Disasters In Latin America

The SATs Have A Problematic And Racist History Fueled By The Creator Of The Test Who Praised Eugenics And Racial Separation

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The SATs Have A Problematic And Racist History Fueled By The Creator Of The Test Who Praised Eugenics And Racial Separation

The college scandal of 2019 —thanks to Aunt Becky and her wealthy cohorts— is just a recent look at how privileged people can easily change the outcome of tests and admissions only by forking money over to do so. Academic-based bribery is hardly a new scheme in the admissions process and the ways in which the system has become intricately rigged to keep out minorities is only just beginning to gain exposure. Minorities and low-income people are marginalized when it comes to admissions, test scores, and the workplace — it’s a system that continuously unbalances society.

When it comes to the SATs, an assessment test meant to categorize students solely on academic merit, this truth is no different.

The original intention behind the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is to show where a student stands among their peers, to indicate what their next educational move should be.

The SATs date back to the mid-1920s.

Carl C. Brigham, a psychology professor at Princeton University whose early writings strongly influenced the eugenics movement and anti-immigration legislation in the United States, created the SAT for College Board in 1926. Brigham proposed and produced the test after make observations that he said proved “American education is declining and will proceed with an accelerating rate as the racial mixture becomes more and more extensive.”

According to PBS, the College Board “puts him in charge of a committee to develop a test that could be used by a wider group of schools.” And “In 1926 the SAT is administered to high school students for the first time.”

However, the wording as to why students had to take the SATs in the first place is marred with racial discrimination.

The SATs came during an immigration wave, and college boards and universities wanted to define who would be allowed in. The test doesn’t necessarily attest to who is smarter but more extensive information about the student, their race, and economic background. And yet, college admissions board do not consider this a factor in their admissions process. Proving that in a deeply flawed and unequal educational system, where segregation is still alive and well, colleges and education systems continue to fail students of color and those who are not. After all, research has shown that diversity in school’s only further benefits students, particularly in fields that are related to critical thinking and problem-solving.

The truth is that high-stakes standardized tests work in ways that reinforce racist and discriminatory systems of old. Continuing to accept notions that standardize tests are merit-based only perpetuate the race and class gaps reflected in their results.

Now the SATs will include an “adversity rating” that will allow colleges to know the school that a student came from to evaluate them in a more fair way.

The rating — 1 to 100 — would help the college board (who own the SATs) understand a student’s quality of education based on the neighborhood, the school’s economic standing, and other relevant information. So, if a student doesn’t do very well on the SATs, the rating would reveal as to the hardships that student endured. The rating does not include information about their race, but more so the economic struggles.

Some people feel that the “adversity rating” is something people could take advantage of by lying about where they live.

For example, if a parent knows that their child may not do well on the SATs they could lie about where they live to get a better adversity rating. This would help them achieve a better score.

“The idea that ‘this is a great SAT score for someone from your neighborhood, for someone of your background’ — it’s not fair to the students,” Venkates Swaminathan, a college admissions consultant told The Washington Post.

Others say the “adversity rating” will be a significant boost to go alongside affirmative action.

“Merit is all about resourcefulness,” David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, said to the New York Times. “This is about finding young people who do a great deal with what they’ve been given. It helps colleges see students who may not have scored as high, but when you look at the environment that they have emerged from, it is amazing.”

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