The Farce of the Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are a representation of the many opportunities lost by Brazil. Brazil—that is, Rio—is about to host what is perhaps the most important event of the multi-billion-dollar global industry that we call sports. You know, the Olympic Games, that exciting TV show that is...

One Stitch Closer to Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

January 02, 2016

A young woman has created a unique product to help the homeless in more ways than one. Veronika Scott is the founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan in Detroit. The US-based nonprofit organization produces a unique coat—designed by Veronika—that can turn into a sleeping bag that the...

The Lonely Homeless Man

September 23, 2015

What happens when you sit down to talk to a homeless man? We pass by them every day: the downtrodden, destitute men and women, holding all their earthly possessions in a few dirty bags, a shopping trolley, a cardboard box for a home. As we rush to work, to dinner, to a date, we walk past...

Portraits of America’s Homeless

July 22, 2015

Can art help change the world? Throughout history, having one’s portrait painted was a sign of distinction, achievement and affluence. Photography has democratized this process to a large degree, ever so often bringing society face to face with those whose lives and struggles go largely...

When You’re Homeless, a Dollar Can Go a Long Way

March 15, 2015

What do you eat when you’re hungry and homeless? One day, a man walked into Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia and offered to pre-buy a $1 slice for someone who can’t afford it. Since then, the Pay it Forward scheme has given out more than 10,000 slices of pizza to the homeless. Food is...

Lost in a Feeling of Creeping Defeat

November 21, 2014

In Oakland, roughly 3,000 men, women, and children have nowhere to sleep. On the hottest day of the year, the shelter appeared against the back wall of an abandoned brick building. Oakland has a way of manifesting piles of garbage and the detritus from apartments emptied by eviction on the...

Homeless and Disabled in India: A Continuation of Human Suffering

July 11, 2014

Amid failures to implement sufficient social programs in India, a community of homeless disabled people try to survive. After being elected in the largest democratic exercise on the planet, Narendra Modi certainly has his work cut out for him. Corruption, rising crime rates, absence of the rule...