Challenges faced by rural communities



a person holding a colorful umbrella: As the country takes to online education, the current pandemic is impacting rural students more than those who live in cities.


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As the country takes to online education, the current pandemic is impacting rural students more than those who live in cities.

By Divya Jain

The whole world is adjusting to the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic by finding alternatives to the disruptions caused thus far. Corporations are allowing their workforces to work from home, while schools and colleges are moving classes online.

In India, people are relying heavily on strong internet connections, computers, or smartphones to get back to business during the new normal. The crisis has nudged students to pick up e-learning opportunities, as there is no end in sight. As the country takes to online education, the current pandemic is impacting rural students more than those who live in cities.

However, e-learning is transforming the sector even in remote rural areas. Tier-3 and tier-4 towns are upping the ante by investing in

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Illinois receives $4.1 million in grants for rural education, health care



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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (KFVS) – Illinois is receiving $4.1 million in grants from the USDA for education and health care in rural areas.

“The DLT program gives communities the technological access they need to bring educational and medical professionals together to provide the best care possible in rural Illinois.” Illinois State Director Douglas Wilson said. “These projects enhance the quality of life for rural residents by improving their economic opportunities, community infrastructure, environmental health, and the sustainability of agricultural production. Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to be a strong partner to rural communities.”

USDA is funding 116 projects through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program throughout the United States.

It will help health care and education institutions buy the equipment and software necessary to deploy distance-learning and telemedicine services to rural residents.

In the Heartland, the Shawnee

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Katrina Kaif volunteers at ‘Educate Girls’ NGO to help improve literacy of rural women

Katrina Kaif had recently revealed in an interview with Film Companion how she is trying to be a ‘good samaritan’. Now she posted a series of pictures from her voluntary work for the cause “Educate Girls”. She is now a part of #TeamBalika and has been out interacting with people from the rural area.

Katrina Kaif volunteers for the ‘Educate Girls’ drive

On Katrina Kaif’s Instagram, she posted a couple of photos of her voluntary work. The first picture shows Katrina carrying a toddler (identified as Ayushi going by Katrina’s post) in her arms and both of them are painting blue designs on a house wall. The young girl is actually seen directing the actor on how to paint. 

The next photo is of a large group of young girls and boys dressed in a red t-shirt with white collar and Katrina Kaif is sitting in the middle. She is

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Portland middle school schedules clarified, rural district pushes to reopen high school: The week in education

In late July, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said students may not see the inside of a classroom for months if the state didn’t curb steadily rising coronavirus infections.

For much of August, the average daily rate of new cases steadily fell until it hit a season low in mid-September. Then, rates started to climb.

New state modeling shows what Oregon health officials call a “discouraging” trend as the most optimistic scenario forecasts an average of 800 new cases per day by Oct. 22, or about 19 per 100,000 residents.

That’s nearly double the threshold state health and education officials set for all of Oregon’s students to return to in-person instruction.

Those rising infection rates have dashed some districts’ hopes of allowing their students back into classrooms, most notably in Lane and Douglas counties, where spikes in case counts scuttled districts’ hopes of a state-sanctioned reopening.

Here are some of the

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Poor internet makes online education impossible in rural Alberta

ST. ALBERT, ALTA. —
Rural parents are frustrated and feeling left behind as poor internet connections make working and learning from home impossible.

Lisa Rosales and her family live in Sturgeon County. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they found they couldn’t even get an internet provider to give them service, stalling efforts to learn and work from home.

The Rosales family moved out to the Calahoo area more than 10 years ago and never needed an internet connection at home. That all changed when schools closed and her two children were suddenly homebound.

“Our kids were sent home and we had no means to teach them,” Rosales said.

Rosales reached out to companies in her area but was denied an internet connection because the only tower nearby is full. The family had no choice, though – internet had become a necessity in order to teach their kids from home. They

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Ranch management company aims to further conservation, bridges between urban and rural worlds

Zara Saponja, leads the Joly family ...

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Zara Saponja leads the Joly family of Chicago on a horseback ride in The Great Sand Dunes National Park outside Mosca on Friday, July 31, 2020. The Zapata Ranch, located about eight miles from the dunes, offers several activities to guests that connects them to the natural world, including a day riding horses and hiking in the dunes.

Along with raising cattle and bison on five ranches, Duke Phillips III and his team are raising awareness about ranching as a way of life and a way to conserve the West’s open spaces, wildlife and other natural resources.

Even during the coronavirus pandemic and a statewide drought in Colorado, Ranchlands, the management company founded by Phillips, is still running cattle, running workshops and programs and hosting visitors at the Medano-Zapata Ranch in the San Luis Valley.

Work goes on at the Chico Basin Ranch southeast of

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Vision Help Foundation Improves Public Health by Rebuilding Homes in Rural Haiti to Save Lives, Reduce Disease, and Improve Quality of Life

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ST. LOUIS & LAVAUD, Haiti – September 20, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

St. Louis-based Vision Help Foundation is assisting to improve housing in Lavaud, a small rural community in Haiti. Substandard housing, often with leaky roofs and dirt floors, can cause deadly accidents, frequent illness, and miserable daily experiences.

VHF recently rebuilt and modernized a home occupied by a widow with 11 children. Their roof leaked so bad she was forced to gather all the children in the only dry corner of their home. It was difficult to sleep during the rainy season. There was constant fear the roof would collapse. And children often came down with serious illnesses like pneumonia and parasitic infestations.

The house is fixed and the mother now spends her limited funds on clothing and sheets

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Vision Help Foundation Improves Public Health by Rebuilding Homes in Rural Haiti to Save Lives, Reduce Disease, and Improve Quality of Life – Press Release


ST. LOUIS – September 20, 2020 – (Newswire.com)

​Lavaud, Haiti – St. Louis based Vision Help Foundation is assisting to improve housing in this small rural community in Haiti. Substandard housing, often with leaky roofs and dirt floors can cause deadly accidents, frequent illness, and miserable daily experiences.

VHF recently rebuilt and modernized a home occupied by a widow with 11 children. Their roof leaked so bad she was forced to gather all the children in the only dry corner of their home. It was difficult to sleep during the rainy season. There was constant fear the roof would collapse. And children often came down with serious illnesses like pneumonia, and parasitic infestations.

The house is fixed, and the mother now spends her limited funds on clothing and sheets for her children.

“This type of substandard housing is common in rural Haiti and impoverished areas in many parts of the

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