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Understanding Culture [ES]

When we think of culture, most of us think of the behaviours in culture which we witness. We think of things like food, dress and dance – and they are definitely an important part of culture, but anthropologists (people who study culture) and sociologists (people who study societies) have different ways of understanding culture. We …

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From Orphanage Manager to Family-Based Care Advocate: The Cambodian Context [ES]

Working and volunteering in orphanages is a common story that you may have heard from people in your community or you may have even spent some time working in an orphanage. Over 1.5 million people every year around the globe volunteer in orphanages, pouring $2.6million into orphanages every year. While people may have a very …

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The Paradigms of Poverty [ES]

What is poverty?  Isn’t it just people who are too poor to buy things? Can’t they get a job or work a bit harder and then they will have enough money?  Most people from well-resourced nations such as Australia, America or the United Kingdom may have seen people living in poverty but few have really …

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Charity and Justice [ES]

Both charity and justice have an important part to play in poverty alleviation; individual responses (charity) and social and systemic responses (social justice) are equally essential. The Rok Kern program is designed around the dual aims of encouraging participants to think about what big picture actions they can take to make a difference in the …

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