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  • C.S. Lewis - Giving more than we can spare...

    Posted by Marissa

    30 August, 2011

    "Charity---giving to the poor---is an essential part of Christian morality: in the frightening parable of the sheep and the goats it seems to be the point on which everything turns. Some people nowadays say that charity ought to be unnecessary and that instead of giving to the poor we ought to be producing a society in which there were no poor to give to. They may be quite right in saying that we ought to produce this kind of society. But if anyone thinks that, as a consequence, you can stop giving in the meantime, then he has parted company with all Christian morality. I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare." (CS Lewis, Mere Christianity) Lately, as we all have, I have been confronted with the global situations, like the famine in East Africa, and the question of how we, as Christians, should respond. I find the question of Christian responsibility to give to charity a tricky one, but one that I feel compelled to engage with none the less. I think it's important to try to… read more

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  • Faith decorates East Africa with flowers

    Posted by Micah

    25 August, 2011

    Stories of hope - How the funds raised by Micah Challenge endorsing agencies are making a real difference on the ground in East Africa.Makeshift shelters pitched in a dusty desert landscape. Newly-arrived refugees from Somalia for whom survival is the immediate priority. This is the reality for Faith Kagwiria (pictured below), lead social worker at Hagadera, one of the three camps in the Dadaab complex, which is managed by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Kawgiria has worked here for more than two years. The massive influx of refugees meant her team was recently expanded to help deal with the emergency. Kagwiria's hundreds of home visits have made her a familiar figure around the camp and its outskirts. Face of hope
 "The refugees call me 'Face' instead of 'Faith'," she says, smiling. "At a recent leaders meeting I was described as 'the one who decorates the camp with white flowers' -in reference to all the tents I have distributed to those who would otherwise sleep under trees." To join her and some of the team on a daily round is to see the… read more

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  • We said / They said - Micah Challenge response to the aid review

    Posted by John

    6 July, 2011

    Is the government's response to the aid review, released today, good news for the world's poor? We think so! Our submission to the aid review had nine recommendations. Here's a little game of We Said/They Said through the lens of those nine recommendations. 1. We said: Make poverty-reduction the central and overarching purpose of the Australian aid program. They said: 'The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to help people overcome poverty.' This, in turn ‘serves Australia's national interests by promoting stability and prosperity both in our region and beyond.' 2. We said: On aid quantity, reach at least 0.5% GNI by 2015/16, and provide the framework for a sustainable growth path to 0.7%, if not by 2015/16 then as quickly as possible. They said: The government's commitment to reach 0.5 percent of GNI by 2015-16 will, subject to future levels of economic growth, see the aid budget almost double again, to around $8 billion. Mr Rudd suggested we can do more: ‘In 2007, both Australia's… read more

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  • Aid consultants earning more than the Prime Minister!

    Posted by John

    4 July, 2011

    Over the weekend, the newspapers once again highlighted the issue of technical consultants being paid enormous amounts of money to contribute their expertise to Australian funded aid programs. The figures are striking, and should prompt us to ask serious questions. Is this the most effective way that we can be spending our aid dollars? The frustrating thing in these kinds of media reports is that there is nothing constructive about the commentary. These wages seem ridiculous to me and it is a problem that the government needs to continue to address, but once again, our attention is directed away from the actual problem at hand - poverty! That's the problem we need to fix. It angers me that while we talk about consultant salaries, we forget to talk about any of the good news stories. We forget to talk about finding real solutions. We forget to be constructive. The media articles refer to the recently completed Independent Aid Review. Hopefully that review, soon to be released by the government, will prompt us to discuss both the quantity and the quality of… read more

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