Chelsea Wieber Portland, Oregon Chelsea Wieber, Assistant Program Officer, Middle East Chelsea Wieber’s stories India: One in ninety-eight Ninety-eight. That's the number of kids in Rajan Tiru's class. He's in class nine — the equivalent of ninth grade in the U.S. Next year he'll be in class 10 and will need to pass a big exam so he can continue his studies. Poor countries see little relief from food crisis Thirty countries still need outside food aid, according to the latest report from the UN's food agency: Myanmar: Burmese farmers caught in poverty trap Farming communities in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta have always followed a cycle of debt. Each year, wealthy land owners would lend farmers money, tools and cattle needed to till the soil. After the harvest, the debt is repayed and the cycle continues.