Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Discovering a common thread this International Day of People with a Disability

    Posted by Chelsea

    3 December, 2012

    International Day of People with Disability is particularly significant this year. Internationally, the Day celebrates its 20th anniversary. For me, it marks the start of my year long internship at CBM. I have worked in the area of disability rights - both in Australia and in East Timor - for the past three years, yet the facts continue to astound me. Over one billion people in the world live with a disability. 80% of people with a disability live in developing countries. No wonder this is such an important day to mark. Beyond the fact that there is such a high prevalence of disability in our world, it is people’s willingness to share their stories that I have been truly amazed by in my work so far. Despite living in poverty, experiencing stigma and social exclusion, I have been humbled by people’s incredible personal stories, and their willingness to share them. It is only now at CBM Australia that the link between disability and poverty really dawns on me. I am starting to see how poverty is a common thread woven into many of the stories… read more

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  • Adventures of an Intern

    Posted by Laura

    26 November, 2012

    Whenever people ask me what it is that I actually do at Micah, I find it a bit hard to explain. “I’m an intern,” I say, “the political engagement intern.” “And what does that mean? What do you do?” “Well,” I begin to explain, “I work in the office, with Ben, learning about the political process, thinking about campaigns, and mulling over how Christians can be engaging with the Australian government, being advocates of the poor, and effectively providing aid.” To be honest, that’s not even half of it. A bit of background: My name is Laura, and I’ve spent the past couple of years at Sydney University studying international relations. It’s been great, but a little bit abstract. For a long time I’ve been interested in issues of poverty, and have had a vague sense of the calling on Christians to actively work to right injustice, but with little sense of what that can, or should look like in reality. Towards the end of last year, I heard that Micah Challenge offered internships,… read more

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  • Happy World Toilet Day 2012!

    Posted by Ben

    19 November, 2012

    It's not one of the best-known or most widely-celebrated of international days. It doesn't have a major celebrity spokesperson or designer accessory to promote it. But World Toilet Day is, arguably, one of the most important days on the calendar. Your loo, and the sanitation infrastructure you are perched on top of every time you do your daily business, is probably doing more to keep you healthy than any other medical advance made in the last 200 years. But in the world today, 2.5 billion people still don't have access to adequate sanitation and around 1.1 billion still practise open defecation, with health consequences that aren't difficult to imagine. Diarrheoal diseases cause around 2 million deaths each year, and almost all of those are the result of low-quality water supply, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Locally and globally, though, there is good news. Grassroots, or bottom-up (pun intended), campaigns to bring toilets to every community are having startling success in many places. In Nepal, for example thousands of communities… read more

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  • Let's finish what we started

    Posted by John

    13 November, 2012

    All of us have jobs that we leave unfinished that are the source of much frustration. All of us have to-do lists that never seem to get done. But some things just shouldn’t be left unfinished. In the year 2000 we committed to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals in order to halve poverty by 2015. These goals included reducing the number of kids dying before their fifth birthday by 2/3, reducing the number of mothers dying in childbirth by ¾, and halving the number of people without access to a toilet. We committed to ‘spare no effort’ to free people from extreme poverty. Some things are worth finishing. Micah Challenge’s Finish the Race campaign is an invitation to all Christians in this country to make sure that we don’t leave the job of halving global poverty by 2015 unfinished. There is too much at stake to let this slip down the to-do list. Finish the Race is an opportunity to work together as the body of Christ to address poverty and injustice because we believe poverty is contrary to God’s desire… read more

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