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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  • Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

    Posted by Stevie

    2 December, 2011

    The way I see it, living with cerebral palsy has given me opportunities to rise to the challenges I face. Living in Australia, I have a walking frame, wheelchair, and an aide called a ‘keyguard’, which assists my typing. Provided with assistance, I was able to go through primary and secondary mainstream schools. Growing up I had physio, speech and occupational therapy, all of which helped me to develop my physical abilities. My immediate and extended family are extremely supportive, encouraging me to do all that I can for myself, and assisting me when needed. I have developed my writing, public speaking and pastoral skills, studied a Diploma in Counselling Studies and enjoy dear friendships – everything I need to lead a rich and fulfilling life. I have been given opportunities and empowerment to be all that I can be... All that I was born to be. But if I had been born into poverty, my life would have been very different. Without a walking frame, or wheelchair, I would crawl along the ground. As a small child, I would have been reliant on my… read more

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  • The trouble with politics

    Posted by Amanda

    24 November, 2011

    The trouble is that politicians are always looking to the next poll, the next election, the next emergency solution rather than making brave long-term and sustainable decisions. It’s often called the 'Eisenhower Principle' after his saying: "What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." So earlier this month in Cannes, when leaders of all the major economies in the world gathered for the G20, short-term interventions to fix the urgent Eurozone crisis sucked the air and media attention from innovative important ideas. Greece, a nation of 11 million people, has managed to distract and frustrate G20 leaders. I wonder if other nations of 11 million outside Europe would have the same ability to attract bailout money of €200 billion / AU$275 billion (this is the total promised by the 2010 bailout and the latest package). Chad, Guinea and Tunisia all have a similar population but their poverty, their debt and their challenges go largely ignored. Haiti, a country with a population about the same as that of… read more

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  • A very precious 5th birthday!

    Posted by Eliza

    10 November, 2011

    I’d been hearing about this birthday party for weeks – my little friend Lol Lol’s bunny rabbit themed 5th birthday. Lol had been looking forward to this day since her party guests left her 4th birthday party and every time she told me about it, she beamed. A bunny rabbit invitation had been sent out, designed by Lol herself and her clever mum had baked the Women’s Day bunny rabbit birthday cake that Lol had chosen. A no-doubt nervous little bunny was even invited to the party, to be ‘gently’ patted and cuddled by Lol’s party guests. Yesterday Micah Challenge shared video on their Facebook page about a deadly disease that claims the lives of more children under five than AIDS, measles and malaria combined: As I watched the horrifying statistics flash across the screen, Lol lol came to mind and I felt a sting. A few years ago, my little friend Lol was really sick. The normally loud and energetic Lol had become subdued. She spent hours on the couch, too tired to go outside or play. After a few days of thinking she had… read more

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  • Helping pollies overcome their 'poo taboo'

    Posted by Micah

    4 October, 2011

    The topic of poo is not usual dinner table conversation for nice Christians, and certainly taboo during a meeting with a politician. But last week - and no doubt to the horror of etiquette experts - that's exactly what was the topic of discussion between the leaders of our country and 230 Christians. I was a first-timer at Micah Challenge's Voices for Justice. Like a little raindrop, I joined Christians from across Australia, descending upon Canberra in a deluge of justice, overflowing with love for the world's poorest people. The pitter-patter of these raindrops was a gentle but persistent sound our politicians could not ignore, as we advocated on behalf of people living in extreme poverty. This year, there was a focus on the pressing issue of sanitation in developing countries and increasing aid to 0.7 % of our Gross National Income (GNI). With the volatility of our current political landscape, it was particularly important to encourage both sides of politics to remember their commitment to our poorest neighbours in the global village. The event… read more

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