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Making International Connections – Up Date http://worldforumfoundation.org


What is happening around the world? I have been following the World Forum Foundation web site to gain a greater understanding of events and issue around the world that affect children, families, and the early childhood field. There are many links on this site to help me stay in touch with children around the world. I enjoy reading reports and listening to pod casts from BONNIE’S GLOBAL CAFÉ.



The most recent story Bonnie reported on, was the affects from Cyclone Winston on Analesi Tuicaumia in Fiji. A catastrophic natural disaster like this has an obvious affect on children, families, and early childhood education. They lost many live in the disaster and the entire country was out of power. The UNICEF estimates up to 120,000 children were affected. (UNICEF, 2016) Although efforts are well in place to rebuild and support the communities affected, the long-term affect on children’s development is a concern. This type of toxic stress can have a damaging affect on children’s brain development. Even in the mist of such devastation, efforts are focused on keeping children safe and engaged in learning. (Bonnie, 2016)


Statements made by Bonnie in her report really made me think about the issue of poverty. “Children in our centre were quite safe except our five Mobile kindy communities who live in sub-standard homes and settlements.” (Bonnie, 2016) This is an example of another way poverty affects children. As stated by the SitAn organization, “monetary poverty drives child deprivation” (UNICEF, 2016) Do to poverty some of the families in Analesi Tuicuaia live in more improvised conditions and were not as well protected from the cyclone as others. There is a direct connection between poverty levels and families inability to provide a safe home for their children to grow and learn in a developmentally appropriate manner. I had not thought about poverty from a natural disaster point of view. There are so many aspects of poverty that affect children is different ways as they grow. Without getting the needed support these children will not be able to develop and grow to the best of their ability.


Bonie & Roger Neugebauer., (2016) BONNIE’S GlOBAL CAFÉ, World Fourum Foundation, Connection Center



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting,




Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

6 thoughts on “Making International Connections – Up Date http://worldforumfoundation.org

  1. Thank you for sharing the details of the report on the cyclone in Fiji. Like you, I have never thought of the affects that a natural disaster would have on the development of the children. The more we study certain things like poverty the more it saddens me to think of the millions of children that are affected and the many ways they are affected. In so many countries children do not survive past the age of 5 years old because of the affects of poverty on their lives. Thank you again for bringing this important point to our attention.

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  2. Thank you for sharing on Fiji. i never thought that natural disasters would affect children, families and education. But having read your post , I’ve realized that although natural disaster affects children, we also see that poverty is still being posed as another problem.

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  3. Thank you for sharing on Fiji. I also didn’t think about poverty with families, children and education when it comes to natural disaster. However they are greatly effected by that. I enjoyed this topic that you shared and going to research some information on the website.
    THank you so much!

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  4. Reading this reminded me of Hurricane Katrina. Some people didn’t have the means to have transportation or were medically able. When the news captured photos of people looting I differ to say they were in survival mode. This is a reminder natural disasters can affect anyone, does not discriminate, and can revert years of hard work to make you begin again. Such was the case of an individual’s home that was shred to pieces during a tornado. They lost everything and were homeless. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I also enjoyed learning from your post. Like everyone else, I also have never given much thought to how natural disasters can contribute to poverty. You made a great point when you talked about how living in poverty due to a natural disaster can be damaging to a child’s development. Too many times we hear of such tragedies and feel for the people affected by them. However, we often do not stop to consider the long term problems which will be associated from such disasters. By reading your post, it caused me to think there must be many causes of poverty in the world and not just someone unable to find work in order to support his/her family. Thanks for sharing such a thought provoking post!

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  6. Thank you for your post. I think when the subject is brought up of natural disasters and how they affect children it seems logical. But when these tragedies occur I think we only think and help for that moment. A natural disaster can affect children and their families for years to come. Organizations that help and us as a people should stay updated on their well being and continue to contribute in what ways we can.


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