As I walk the streets of Cairo this summer, barefoot children begging me for a few Egyptian pounds confront me. Their mothers shower me with religious pleas; they tell me that God will bless me, that I will be rewarded, that it’s Ramadan. It’s not as though I haven’t ever been asked to spare some change on University Avenue or in San Francisco; we’ve all seen this. But these appeals are different. The sheer number of poor people in the street is saddening. For every poor person who asks me for money, I see several more just lounging about on the ground.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) has received a $100 million dollar gift and a promise of $50 million dollars in matching funds if others donate to start a new initiative aimed at alleviating global poverty.
The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SIIDE), pronounced and known informally as “SEED,” was funded by a gift from Robert “Bob” King ’60 and his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” King.
On Thursday afternoon last week, the trees outside the Post Office held more than just oranges. A handful of members of Stanford Glean perched among the leaves, stretching to pick the fruit that bowed the laden branches. On the ground, more students used long-handled, claw-like pickers to reach the tops of the trees.