• Anti-Poverty Week 2014

    Posted by Salome

    15 October, 2014

    This week is International Anti-Poverty Week, and it is traditionally a time for community groups, churches, non-for profits and advocacy groups to recommit their efforts to help the poor. This week is a time for reflection on the incredible achievements of the last year, in fighting against poverty, as well as a time of reflection on the challenges we continue to face and how best to overcome them.

    As Christians, we use anti-poverty week as a time of thanksgiving for how God has worked through us to bring His kingdom values of caring for our global neighbours to fruition, and how he continues to strengthen us in our efforts to bring the world to holistic wholeness. We also use it as a time to recongise that there is still work to be done, and to refresh ourselves in God’s mandate to take care of the least among us. 

    So for Anti-Poverty Week 2014, let’s take some time to look at one achievement for each of the MDG’s, and give thanks to the Lord for all the lives that have been saved through our global effort. Let us also pray for the fruit of each of these achievements over the coming years. Let us use these successes to recommit to eradicating poverty from our world, in both its material and non-material forms.

    MDG Achievements

    • The rate of people living in extreme poverty was halved between 1990 and 2010, five years earlier than the 2015 deadline.
    • About 173 million fewer people worldwide suffered from chronic hunger in 2011–2013 than in 1990–1992.
    • 90% of children in developing regions are attending primary school.Photo courtesy of Lyn JacksonPhoto courtesy of Lyn Jackson
    • In 1990, in southern Asia, only 74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys. By 2012, the enrolment ratios were the same for girls as for boys.
    • The child mortality rate has almost halved since 1990; six million fewer children died in 2012 than in 1990.
    • Over 2.3 billion more people have gained access to clean sources of drinking water since 1990.
    • The proportion of deliveries in developing regions attended by skilled health personnel rose from 56 to 68 per cent between 1990 and 2012.
    • Malaria interventions saved the lives of 3 million young children between 2000 and 2012.
    • Official development assistance stood at $134.8 billion in 2013, the highest level ever recorded.

    Prayer Points for the Week:

    • Pray for those who have become poorer and homeless due to conflict. Remember those displaced in Gaza, Syria, South Sudan, Ukraine and Iraq who have lost everything. Pray for peace and that those forced to leave their homes will have the resources to rebuild their lives.
    • Thank God for the children in poorer countries that were able to access primary education over the last 14 years and that more girls have more opportunities to attend school.
    • Pray that those entering primary education will have the resources to complete at least five years of education.
    • Pray that poor countries will have the resources to create programmes to provide literacy and professional training to adults, especially women.
    • Pray against violence against women. Remember those sold to prostitution as sex slaves or as domestic servants; pray that local authorities will have the resources to create programmes to provide literacy and professional training to women.Photo courtesy of Lyn JacksonPhoto courtesy of Lyn Jackson
    • Pray that people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in poorer parts of the world will have access to drugs and medical treatments. Pray that more finance will be directed to save the lives of those living in high-risk areas.
    • Pray that God might provide for organisations and institutions advocating for the poor; bringing governments and large companies to account for their actions and policies to ensure their practices do not harm the poor.
    • Pray that multinational corporations would pay their fair share of taxes and that the extra revenue might be used to improve people’s lives.
    • Pray for the development agenda beyond 2015; that MDGs issues will continue to be addressed with even more effort from all nations.

    For more details on each of the MDG achievements, as well as the specific challenges that lay ahead for each of them, you can download this PDF Prayer Guide which was put together by Micah Challenge International. This guide is filled with prayer points which we encourage you to use in your congregation, family, or within your own devotional time during the week.


    Salome Nel is the Communications Intern for Micah Challenge Australia.