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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  • Driven to action - Scott's pledge to Finish the Race

    Posted by Scott

    27 March, 2013

    It’s official. There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. I am one of them. Ok, I prefer to think of it as pleasantly plump, but however I describe it, I find it disturbing that in a world with such plenty 868 million people don’t have enough to eat. Statistics like this are not only disturbing; they drive many to despair, to throw their hands in the air and sigh at the intractability of the problem. They have the opposite effect on me. They drive me to action, because I believe the situation can change. Take undernourishment. In 1990 there were just on a billion hungry people in the world. In the 20 years since then the world population has grown by 1.5 billion, mostly in poorer countries, yet the number of undernourished people has declined by more than 100 million. And the trends are all in the right direction, whether you’re thinking income poverty, child mortality, or kids in school. I was in… read more

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  • Poverty. And a large frappuccino to go.

    Posted by Matt

    11 December, 2012

    When you think about poverty, is this the kind of image that comes to mind? For as long as most of us can remember, these types of images have been used by non-profit organisations to show us what poverty looks like for millions around the globe. But the face of poverty is changing rapidly. Though rural poverty still exists, urban growth has contributed to an increasing number of people living in urban poverty. By 2020, roughly 1.4 billion people will live in informal urban settlements and slums. In these pictures, I’m standing next to a man who has been forced to rebuild his home three times in 10 years thanks to frequent typhoons in the Philippines. That day, he told me that every home he rebuilds is smaller than the last. His current home was a 5x3m shack, made from bamboo, plywood and scrap metal. The one-bedroom shack was home to his whole family: two parents and six kids under 16. But as appalling as the condition of this home was, it was the location that was most disturbing. In my travels, I've seen people living in some of the most… read more

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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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  • Politicians are people too!

    Posted by Micah

    24 October, 2012

    Karl Chan Having been born in Malaysia and spent much of my formative years there, I have gotten used to the pseudo-democracy that exists within that nation. This has attributed largely to my scepticism of our democratic process that I am now a part of here in Australia. Participating in Voices for Justice last month has helped me to restore a bit of faith in our democratic process because as cliché as it sounds, my voice can and will make a difference. Education is the key to change in the developing world because it empowers the individual to make informed choices; likewise Voices for Justice is empowering individuals to make a difference and see change happen within Australia. In just four days Voices has redefined my thinking, challenged my thought processes and expanded my world. Gathering with like-minded advocates in prayer, worship and action is inspiring. We are all created with unique passions, giftings and abilities and so as we engage with all of our uniqueness we unite to speak out for a world of justice and compassion. The initial two days… read more

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