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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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Linda Hanson

    Posted by Micah

    2 May, 2013

    Linda Hanson is the Finish the Race community leader for the Wide Bay electorate. Here Linda shares about why she is so passionate about the Finish the Race campaign, and the role she plays in her community as a voice of change and advocate for social justice. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? The theme for the Uniting Church National Youth Convention in 2001 was Micah 6: 8 and ever since then this verse has struck a chord with me. All throughout the bible there are verses like this where Jesus is telling us as disciples to advocate for the poor and vulnerable. If I want to be real in my faith I can’t ignore these verses. How did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? I wrote a letter as part of the first letter writing campaign and in later years encouraged congregational members to do the same. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? After going to Voices for Justice last year I learnt that where I can be most effective is as an advocate in my home community. Also, before I went I thought my… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Andrew Miller

    Posted by Micah

    29 April, 2013

    Having been involved with Micah Challenge since 2007, Andrew Miller is a strong supporter of the Finish the Race campaign and a passionate advocate. Here he shares a bit about why he is passionate about seeing the end of poverty, and what Finish the Race means to him in his electorate of Mackellar. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? I am blessed and lucky to live in Australia and feel that I should share that with those who are far less privileged. I find it a tragedy that wealth is so poorly distributed and will do my best to change that disparity by campaigning for change and for justice. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? To sign the pledge is to add my voice to hopefully hundreds of thousands of others and to create a loud enough voice so that Australia's politicians play their part in making sure the race has a successful finish, but more importantly to lay the ground work past 2015 for more to be done. Other than being a Finish the Race supporter, what else do you do with your time? I volunteer at… read more

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  • Does it ever get better?

    Posted by Irena

    22 April, 2013

    I can still remember the day I saw my first child sponsorship commercial, exposing me to the harsh realities of poverty, many years ago. To this day, I can recall the overwhelming sadness I felt as I first learned of the injustices taking place in other parts of the world. I had heard my mother talk about the starving kids in Africa, usually while trying to convince me to eat my own food. I even possibly knew a little bit about the conditions of developing nations in the Asia Pacific and South America, thanks to all five of my primary school years. However, this was the first time I had really and deeply understood that life was not fair and that the rest of the world did not look like my clean and cosy suburb in middle-class America. I was determined to do something to help—well, as soon as I could get a job. Fast forward five years or so to the day I finally hold my first pay check in my hand. I want to make a difference, this hasn’t changed, but is giving what little I have to a non-profit the way to do it? Five years later, the same commercial… read more

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  • Australia's overseas aid: reducing poverty or detaining asylum-seekers?

    Posted by Ben

    11 April, 2013

    In a deeply cynical move just before Christmas last year, the Government diverted $375 million from overseas aid to help meet the rising costs of detaining, processing, and supporting onshore asylum-seekers. This diversion of such a large amount of money (7% of the total aid budget) away from the core business of Australia's aid program – helping poor people move out of poverty – has already had an impact. Our contribution to the life-saving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was cut by $10 million. Programs to help vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change in Vanuatu, Tonga, Indonesia and the Philippines have been axed. Water, sanitation and hygiene programs, maternal and child health, education and livelihood programs have all been delayed or "deferred". Every region and every area of Australia's aid program handed over part of its budget to help plug the Immigration Department's budget hole. Oh, almost every country. Papua New Guinea and Nauru – who are hosting asylum-seeker detention camps… read more

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