The organization Pedals for Progress (P4P) has an intriguing origin story. In a small town in 1970s Ecuador, a poverty-stricken carpenter dragged 40 pounds of steel hand tools down a dirt road. Each step felt heavier than the last. Moreover, this was the trip back home after hours of work nailing boards together and fastening tables. This man had to carry his tools with him at all times; after all, it was his livelihood. It was too risky to leave them in a workshop. Despite his talent and passion, the man was broke and persistently, unbelievably tired. …


Mexico has a rich tapestry of cultures mixed together. Its indigenous community reflects its own diversity with many different traditions and languages. However, indigenous poverty in Mexico is very prevalent and many seldom discuss or address the issue. Here are some facts to shed light on the challenges indigenous people face along with examples of their opportunities for a thriving future.

Poverty Statistics

Nearly 26 million indigenous people live in Mexico today. Furthermore, 68 different indigenous communities live in the country. A staggering 75% of these families live in extreme poverty. The majority work in low-skilled, manual labor jobs with little hope…


In many societies around the world, mass incarceration is rampant and disproportionately affects those living in poverty. In 2013, reports determined that more than 10 million impoverished people have undergone incarceration. This has led to a dampening of upward social mobility because even after prison convicts face the stigma of being a former felon, individuals who believed that their best option to rise from poverty was a life of crime will likely return to a community where their best survival option is criminal. …


Egypt has a long way to go when it comes to equality for women in nearly any aspect of life. According to the 2020 Global Gender Gap Report (pg. 149), women in Egypt consist of just 26% of the labor force. Their literacy rate is similarly low at 65%. This predisposes girls and women to life in poverty, especially if they are unmarried. The report ranks Egypt 134 out of 153 countries based on the disparities in gender gaps.

Women in Egypt Experience Inequality

The country’s traditional society not only allows for this inequality, but encourages it. Human Rights Watch reported that female social media…


As it stands, Russia is one of the largest hubs of human trafficking and has some of the weakest laws fighting against it. In fact, the Global Slavery Index states that about 794,000 victims survive in the former U.S.S.R. Even so, many organizations are stepping up to eliminate human trafficking in Russia while Russia’s federal government is failing to act.

The Situation

The United States Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2020 lists Russia alongside Iran and China as a Tier 3 country because it does not meet the minimum standards in the fight against the criminal industry. Since 2003, the Russian Parliament…


As the crises in Lebanon continue to mount, organizations are stepping in to mitigate the chaos.

According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), extreme poverty shot up 15 percent from 2019 with now 55 percent of the population struggling to pay for basic life essentials.

Recent financial mishandlings, wealth disparity, a refugee crisis in Syria, a COVID shutdown, and a massive explosion in Beirut piled up on Lebanon’s people in quick succession. International non-profits from around the world are now responding to help alleviate the crisis.

World Food Programme –

The World Food Programme (WFP), a branch of…


Schnoz. Snoot. Proboscis. The holes you breathe out of that aren’t your mouth. No matter what way you feel like calling it, they’re unmistakably the funniest thing on a living thing’s face. After spending hours upon hours of quarantine time researching random animal facts, it turns out a few nasal cavities outshine the rest in terms of pure ridiculousness.

Blob Fish

This sad boy became an internet sensation a few years back due to his pathetic, downtrodden look. The fish, typically under twelve inches in length, lives at the bottom of ocean floors near Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. It’s body is…


From Wikipedia

Gaming has been one of the hobbies keeping my anxious mind occupied while under the numerous threats of 2020. With video games, I can temporarily escape the coronavirus, wildfires, murder hornets, and… the election. Much of the summer was spent playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses on the Nintendo Switch. Originally brought into the fandom with Fire Emblem Awakening on the 3DS, I was excited to experience all the strategy plays and goofy character interactions I came to love. But considering how Three Houses came out a year ago, and with it’s DLC content released months ago, I felt it appropriate…


The December debate turned out to be one of the most engaging events in the primary season this year. This pretty much applies to just the second half of the debate, as the first half was incredibly uneventful. Each of the candidates must have been told during the break. “Listen, you need to go out there and start punching!” It certainly worked, and some surprising things took shape.

Even then, let’s all stop to remember the dumbest question ever posed, “who would you give a gift to, and who would you ask for forgiveness?” …


Credit to CBO

2019’s Knives Out is a murder-mystery whirlwind of a movie, written and directed by Rian Johnson ( The Last Jedi, Looper). Inspired by the many works of Agatha Christie, Johnson sought to create his own whodunnit story… in his own special Rian Johnson-y way. Namely, by throwing convention and expectations out the window in favor of subversive self-reflection and satire.

This strategy doesn’t always lead to universal applause.

As you may recall with 2017’s The Last Jedi, Johnson employed this to the Star Wars franchise. He turned Luke Skywalker into a grumpy recluse who still hasn’t triumphed over his own…

Zachary Sherry

I am a writer, actor, journalist, and Florida Man living in NYC. I like to write about a wide variety of topics.

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