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Julian Omidi on the Condition of Children in Sierra Leone

Julian Omidi discusses the plight of children in Sierra Leone. Julian Omidi illuminates the state of these children’s lives and what one nonprofit is doing to help these children.

While exploitation of children occurs in many developing countries, one of the most noticeable places where child exploitation occurs is in the country of Sierra Leone. According to Afrol news, approximately three-quarters of children in Sierra Leone are involved with work with the majority of young boys in the country working in mines and many young girls caught up in the sex trade.

Statistics put the proportion of children ages 5 to 14 participating in work (including working for family business and on family farms) at 71.6%. As a result of so many of the nation’s children being employed in one way or another attendance at schools is limited, resulting in decreased levels of education across the nation. While attendance in primary school education is legally required by Sierra Leone for 6 years, with an additional 3 years of secondary school required, attendance rates for primary school average at about 63% between boys and girls, and secondary school attendance is 31% for males and 35% for females.

This is why the work of the Raining Season is so important. The Raining Season was formed after the struggles endured by Erica Stone to adopt a suffering child from Sierra Leone. Stone spent 3 years attempting to find and adopt a young child she had seen on a website dedicated to finding homes for orphaned children. In 2008 Stone along with her husband formed the Raining Season to help “protect the family unit, in order to help control the number of children abandoned.”

For this reason my brother Michael Omidi and I are proud to provide our support to the Raining Season organization. In a country with more than 70% of its citizens living below the poverty line, the Raining Season is fighting an uphill battle, but one that we know with our support, and yours as well, it is a battle that we can win.

Please join the Omidi Brothers in our support of this amazing organization and assist children in Sierra Leone achieve an education, a safe place to sleep, food in their mouths, and the opportunity for a better life today.

Sources:

“Afrol News – Child Labour Affects 72% of Sierra Leone’s Children.” AfrolNews.com. AfrolNews, 09 Feb. 2005. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <http://www.afrol.com/articles/15568&gt;.

“At a Glance: Sierra Leone.” UNICEF.com. UNICEF, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_statistics.html&gt;.

“Education in Sierra Leone.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Sierra_Leone&gt;.Image

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Julian Omidi on the Link Between Education, Income, and Obesity

Julian Omidi is concerned about the increasing rates of obesity in the United States and the most recent projections about that from a new study. Julian Omidi here discusses some of the common issues faced when fighting against obesity.

Recently the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projects released research that projected about half of the adults in the United States could be obese by the year 2030, less than 20 years from now.

Currently about 35.7% of adults and 16.9% of children are obese in the U.S. Projections could see some states reaching obesity rates as high as 60% with all states seeing rates of at least 44%. Delaware, for example, could see obesity rates as high as 64.7% based on the rate of increase they have experienced since 1999, and that would make it only the third most obese state.

Unfortunately it seems that education and income have been linked to obesity directly. This most recent report found:

“About one-third of adults without a high school diploma were obese, compared with about one-fifth of those who graduated from college or technical college. And one-third of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared to one-quarter of those who earned $50,000 or more per year. The obesity-poverty connection reflects such facts that calorie-dense foods are cheap and that poor neighborhoods have fewer playgrounds, sidewalks and other amenities that encourage exercise.”

This study shows that as contradictory as it may seem, poverty and obesity can be directly related. These findings only further my resolve to assist the impoverished through the not-for-profit organization I founded with my brother Michael Omidi. Our charity No More Poverty works to assist the impoverished in all areas whether they be hungry, homeless, or unhealthy.

These are just projections and we can make change the tide in the fight against obesity through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Hopefully, as a nation, we can keep these projections from coming true.

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Julian Omidi Supports The Story Project Because of Benefits of Storytelling

Julian Omidi formed No More Poverty with his brother Michael Omidi to enrich people’s lives. Julian Omidi understands the importance of storytelling, which is why the Omidi Brothers are supporting The Story Project in Los Angeles through No More Poverty.

An article that I read last year has always stuck with me. The article I read was from the New York Times and discussed the benefits that storytelling had on patient health. What was most interesting was that there was information from a study included in the text that had scientific data that pushed the benefits of storytelling beyond anecdotal evidence.

The study, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at the positive effects of telling and listening to stories on blood pressure and found that not only did all of those in the study see better blood pressure control, but those that suffered from uncontrolled hypertension achieved and maintained a drop in their blood pressure as significant as those that took medication.

Knowing this, think of the benefits that teaching children early on to use storytelling as a healthy mechanism in their lives could have on not only their lives but also on the lives of those around them. This is why I feel it is imperative to support charities such as The Story Project.

To quote Dr. Thomas K. Houston, who led the study:

“Telling and listening to stories is the way we make sense of our lives. Storytelling is human. We learn through stories, and we use them to make sense of our lives. It’s a natural extension to think that we could use stories to improve our health.”

The Story Project provides children with the ability to learn how to tell these stories through increasing literacy. Creative talent throughout Los Angeles volunteers their time and mentor children after-school, relating their skills and their personal experience in order to teach and inspire.

My brother Dr. Michael Omidi and I are proud to provide our support to The Story Project and help in their effort to provide the children of Los Angeles with one of the most important skills in life. Whether these children choose to go into the arts, marketing, history, science, or medicine, the ability to create and understand stories is imperative in all of these fields.

The Omidi Brothers hope that you will support the efforts of programs like The Story Project and others through our not-for-profit No More Poverty. Visit the No More Poverty Facebook page to learn more about this program and others.

Source:

Chen, Pauline W., M.D. “When Patients Share Their Stories, Health May Improve.”NYTimes.com. The New York Times Company, 10 Feb. 2011. Web. 11 Sept. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/health/views/10chen.html?_r=2&emc=eta1&gt;.

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Julian Omidi Discusses Tuberculosis and Poverty

Omidi Brothers Michael and Julian Omidi work through their not-for-profit agency No More Poverty to combat poverty related issues. A common illness among the impoverished, Julian Omidi discusses tuberculosis and how the “sunshine vitamin” may aid in patient recovery from TB.

The impoverished are not only more susceptible to the spread of tuberculosis but also to fatality as a result of contracting of the bacterial infection. Most active cases of tuberculosis occur in developing countries. When left untreated TB can kill as many as half of its victims resulting in an annual death rate from the disease of over 2 million people.

In 2010 tuberculosis was contracted by almost 9 million individuals and resulted in almost 1 1/2 million deaths, with 95% of these cases reported in “low and middle-income countries.” This is partly due to the lack of access and affordability of antibiotics that treat the illness. Now there is evidence that suggests when coupled with antibiotics, vitamin D can help to treat tuberculosis quicker and decrease the period during which the infection may spread to others.

An article published by CBS News cited a study that was performed by researchers at Queen Mary at the University of London. Heliotherapy (essentially prescribed sunbathing) used to be used to treat tuberculosis before the advent and implementation of antibiotic treatment and it somewhat worked, which led the researchers to explore this treatment when coupled with antibiotics.

Hopefully the use of Vitamin D will help those in impoverished countries reduce the amount of time that they are infectious and help to reduce the amount of inflammation and damage caused by that inflammation to the lungs. An added benefit may be that patients won’t have to be on antibiotics for as long, thus reducing costs, but this remains to be seen.

Tuberculosis is just one of many health and well-being issues faced by those suffering from poverty. The impoverished need your help to receive not only treatments and antibiotics but simple necessities like clean drinking water, shelter, and food. Please join my brother Michael Omidi and I in the fight against poverty by visiting No More Poverty today.

Sources:

Castillo, Michelle. “”Sunshine” Vitamin May Aid in Treatment of Tuberculosis.”CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 04 Sept. 2012. Web. 04 Sept. 2012. <http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57505548-10391704/sunshine-vitamin-may-aid-in-treatment-of-tuberculosis/&gt;.

http://www.medicineinneed.org/diseases-of-poverty-tuberculosis.html

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Julian Omidi Supports A Place Called Home

Julian Omidi is co-founder of No More Poverty. Through No More Poverty Julian Omidi and his brother Michael Omidi have been able to provide support to various charitable organizations that combat poverty. 

Unfortunately the South Central District of Los Angeles is plagued by drugs, crime, prostitution, and gangs, but the fact of the matter is that honest, hard-working people work there as well. They want to provide their children with an opportunity to get out but they can’t afford to relocate. Many children turn to these illegal activities because they feel they have no other choice or opportunity to get by. These are the real effects that poverty has on real people.

Luckily, there are people that spend their time and efforts providing the youth of this area with alternatives and opportunities and the non-profit organization A Place Called Home has been doing this since 1993.

A Place Called Home provides at-risk youth in South Central with a safe haven, a place where they can recognize their talents, abilities, and opportunities in the world. Just some of the programs and services that A Place Called Home has to offer youth in the area include:

  • Music and Art Classes
  • An All-Day School Program
  • Mentoring and Tutoring Programs
  • Computer Lab

No More Poverty (NMP.org) has partnered with A Place Called Home to provide support to their invaluable programs. With your help A Place Called Home can continue to provide services that are so crucial to the betterment of children’s lives and give kids opportunities they never thought possible before.

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Dr. Tom Odgers Thanks Julian Omidi for Sponsorship – Julian Omidi Video

Dr. Tom Odgers thanked Julian Omidi for his generous contribution to the Challenge Golf Tournament held at the Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California.  The event provided special needs children with a day of fun and camaraderie at the golf course.

Other sponsors included:

Dr. Michael Omidihttp://michaelomidi.edublogs.org
Julian Omidi
Northridge Toyota
H&H Builders
Will Bennett
Bob Cutting

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Dr. Tom Odgers Thanks Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi – Video

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