Episode 6 - Dr. Karen Sowers: Social Work at its Roots: Using Microenterprise to Promote Health, Social Welfare, and Community Building Among Street Children in Indonesia

Monday, November 03, 2008, 10:44:03 AM

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Dr. Catherine Dulmus, Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research, speaks with Dr. Karen Sowers, Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, about a project aimed at developing microenterprise among street children in Indonesia.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Saturday, April 03, 2010

By Sharron Ferdinand :

Poverty is a growing social problem throughout the world. And Dr. Sower’s podcast on micro enterprises offers a practical solution to a growing problem. The idea that something as tiny as a micro enterprise can hold enormous financial, health and social welfare benefits for Indonesian communities is astounding and should be used replicated worldwide. Dr. Sower’s commitment to partnering with local NGO’s in the region creates opportunities for interagency learning and development of anti poverty interventions within the region. Dr. Sower engaged in a concise and factual review of her work which helps listeners gain a better understanding of the health and financial needs of this culture.

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Average Rating: 5stars  excellent!, Monday, December 07, 2009

By Thinh Nguyen :

This was an interesting listen and I very much respect Dr. Karen Sowers and her colleagues for bringing on this project. Dr. Karen Sowers effort to help improve the lives of street children in Indonesia is very admirable. I understand that most of the governments in developing countries have a lack of concern for their social issues and I believe that using microenterprise is a great idea to help street children in not only Indonesia, but many other developing countries. As the number of street children increases, especially during economic crisis times such as today, the project will definitely help these children, their families, and their community gain economic growth and social stability. It’s nice to see that there are organizations out there that recognize the hazardous kind of life that these children live. It is very sad to hear that young children at a ridiculously young age are sent out to find jobs and expected to carry on the responsibility of sustaining the family’s survival.
I did not find it shocking when Dr. Sowers mentioned that Indonesia have a very high rate for HIV, however I was surprised at the myth many Indonesians believe in; curing the disease by having sexual intercourse with a virgin when in reality, it will only increase HIV contractions. I think this myth affects young girls especially because they are more vulnerable to contracting HIV and other STDs. Moreover, microenterprise will help street children realize that there are other alternatives rather than risking their lives on the street. Hopefully this project will continue to successfully help prevent many street children from living a health risking life, decrease the number of crime involvement and in ways that can help enhance their lives.

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