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.

Micah Challenge is a global campaign of Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice. Click here to visit the Micah Challenge website.

  • Overcoming your politicophobia

    Posted by Ben

    15 August, 2012

    Have you ever thought of visiting your politician, but have never had the courage or the time? Or have you ever wondered if meeting with a politician is really effective? Or perhaps you're a seasoned electorate campaigner who is sick of the sight of your politician and wondering if you can even stomach another visit? This blog post is for you. Yes, all of you. It's time to take courage, renew commitment, and plan your visit with a politician because it is, beyond doubt, one of the most effective forms of campaigning action that we can take. If we're serious about influencing Australia's commitment to tackling poverty and global challenges like climate change, then it's a step more of us need to take. The cause of tackling dehumanising poverty needs more voices raised. You can be sure that well-paid lobbyists are constantly raising the concerns of their corporate clients with politicians. These politicians desperately need to hear from passionate community advocates also, people who "raise their voice on behalf of the voiceless, who defend… read more

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  • The Manly-Manado Walk is giving poverty the flush

    Posted by Vikki

    13 August, 2012

    The 10km ‘Spit-to-Manly Scenic Walkway’, along Sydney’s harbour foreshore, is undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most beautiful walks through the amazing bush land and beaches of the northern beaches. Such beauty has been the backdrop for 1,600 walkers who, over the last seven years, have raised over $186,000 for communities living in Manado, Indonesia by taking part in the annual Manly-Manado Walk (www.thewalk.org.au), organised by my church, Seaforth Baptist. In less than four weeks (8th September) the eighth Manly-Manado Walk is looking to raise a further $50,000 for 50 mothers and babies at a Compassion Child Survival Program, which is part of our church partnership with Getsemani Baptist Church in Manado. And the exciting news is that the pastor and his wife and son (who is a doctor at the project and speaking at Voices for Justice) are visiting us for the first time from Manado to take part in the Walk. The Walk is much more than a fundraiser. Through our involvement with Micah Challenge, our church has been inspired and encouraged to speak… read more

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  • When did justice become an optional extra?

    Posted by Josh

    7 August, 2012

    Voices for Justice 2012 is fast approaching. It feels a bit weird to write that because it seems like hardly any time at all has passed since I was last down in Canberra at Voices ’11, crashing at my old college buddy’s place, soaking up the atmosphere of the Voices sessions, revelling in the presence of a like-minded (but nevertheless surprisingly diverse) group of people, and converging at Parliament House to get our lobby on with our elected representatives. I really love getting along to Voices, and I guess I’ve come to regard it as one of those non-negotiable parts of my year. I often find myself in conversations with people describing what we do while we’re in Canberra every year and trying to explain why I think it’s so important, and I encounter a range of responses to what I say (probably because I’m not so good at explaining it…). I’ve discovered over these past couple of years that, along with genuine interest (and the obligatory, half-condescending “good on you” that pops up every now… read more

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  • Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Disability

    Posted by Christoph

    2 August, 2012

    Most people will have heard about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by now, and it’s probably a well known fact that the overall aim of the MDGs is to halve global poverty by 2015. Much has happened, some goals have already been achieved, but still more work is needed especially when it comes to addressing the issue of disability. Disability? What does that have to do with anything, you may wonder. You see, while issues relating to poverty are starting to be more clearly understood, one crucial aspect is still hovering in the dark a bit – understanding the link between poverty and disability. Shedding light on disability, we’re excited to have Micah Challenge partner with End the Cycle – a campaign raising awareness of the cycle of poverty and disability. Together, Micah Challenge and End the Cycle are saying that disability is often a cause of poverty - and poverty often causes disability. In order to alleviate poverty world-wide, all development projects such as programs that aim towards achieving the MDGs, must address and… read more

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