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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  • Hot chocolate, hamburgers and hunger

    Posted by Zoe

    16 May, 2011

    Two dollars. What can you buy to eat or drink for $2? A lollipop? Maybe a small packet of chips? It might be easier to think of all the things you CAN'T get for $2 - a coffee, sandwich, muffin or meat pie! Imagine if $2 was all you had to spend on food for the whole day. This is the reality for the 1.4 billion living in extreme poverty in the world today. So this week, from Monday to Friday I'll be joining with thousands of other Australians in the challenge to eat on $2 a day as part of the 'Live Below the Line' campaign. Planning what to eat this week has been a challenge. I took $10 to the shops and came back with 3 green apples, 2 mandarins, 2 lemons, 1 sweet potato, 1kg jasmine rice, 1kg frozen mixed veggies, 872g canned peaches and 60 cents change! My experience of 'living below the line' last year was one of the most valuable things I've done. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to make myself uncomfortable and learn some valuable lessons along the way. At the beginning of the week I made a pot of Dahl and rice and divided it up for the week.… read more

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  • Kevin Rudd says thanks!

    Posted by Tabitha

    13 May, 2011

    "The wider movement we call Micah Challenge and Make Poverty History has brought aid from the outskirts of the political agenda to centre stage," said Kevin Rudd at this morning's thank you breakfast. He also credited the movement for mobilising wide public support of the Millennium Development Goals and for "etching the issue deeply into the souls of Australians". Despite the incredible short notice, more than a hundred passionate aid braved Sydney's record cold snap to turn out this morning for the thank you breaky. The Minister wanted to meet with campaigners to congratulate us on our work in helping secure aid in the Federal Budget. The Government moved to 'quarantine' aid from cuts in this year's 'tough budget', announced on Tuesday night. In thanking campaigners, Mr. Rudd also urged those present to keep up the work of "hassling politicians" on both sides of politics. "The work you've done - big tick. The work you'll do in the future - even more important" he said. "Keep it up!" The Opposition also came out in support of the MDGs yesterday,… read more

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  • A date with Rudd, AusAid and passionate advocates

    Posted by Simon

    11 May, 2011

    Yesterday, on a cool winter's evening at AusAid headquarters in Canberra, Gershon, Eliza and I had the good fortune of attending the foreign aid budget briefing. As we walked into a large room, full of people; there was a feeling of anticipation. How would Swan's ‘tough' budget affect the world's poorest and most vulnerable people? The foreign aid briefing began almost right on time with The Hon Kevin Rudd providing the opening statement. With his usual air of confidence, Mr. Rudd explained that the Australian Government was still completely committed to raising Australia's foreign aid program to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015-16. Mr Rudd went on to say that the foreign aid program had been effectively ‘quarantined' to ensure it reached this target. In a challenging and uncertain economic climate, we applaud the Federal Government's actions, which highlight the effective advocacy over a number of years by groups including Micah Challenge. However, this 0.5 per cent commitment is still well short of the… read more

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  • Do we really value Mothers?

    Posted by Tabitha

    5 May, 2011

    I saw my sister give birth. Yep, that's right! And it was way less scary than most of you are thinking! In fact I found the experience hugely encouraging, and I now understand what people mean by the cliché "the miracle of birth". With her husband beside her and the attention of an experienced midwife, my sister was able to labour in a birthing suite at her local public hospital (that of the acclaimed TV program RPA, no less). She had access to a large room, private courtyard and spacious ensuite. She chose a natural water-birth and, thankfully, experienced no complications in bringing her new baby girl, Mabel, into the world. They went home that afternoon after receiving breastfeeding support, and a child and maternal health nurse visited them at home for the next few weeks. I was amazed by the quality of medical care they received. Sadly, this is far from the experience for many women in our world. Just last week I got back from a trip to India where I visited the development projects of some of our endorsing agencies. I asked one of the women I met what… read more

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