Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

People desensitised to poor housing – social worker Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

People have become desensitised to the number of Māori and Pasifika families living in poor housing, garages and even cars, a former South Auckland social worker says. George Makapatana, who has had 11-years of social work experience in South Auckland, said stories of vulnerable families living in garages or cars were met with shock years Read more

Chance pic of boy studying on street proves life-changing Comments 0

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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The reaction to a chance photo of a Filipino boy studying on the street by the light of a McDonald’s restaurant has shown the power of social media. Daniel Cabrera, 9, was photographed doing his homework outside a McDonald’s outlet in Mandaue City, Cebu, by medical technology student Joyce Torrefran. There is no lamp in Read more

Inequality has risen in NZ Comments 1

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Observant New Zealanders, who have noticed the number of children with poverty-related skin diseases soaring while gated communities proliferate, may be surprised to hear a think-tank claim that New Zealand has ‘no problem of rising inequality’. That surprise would be justified, since the gap between rich and poor has in fact widened dramatically. And the Read more

The future of the planet Comments 0

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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Awful fact: by 2030, half a billion people will be practicing open defecation. That’s an improvement. The current numbers are staggering: 2.5 billion people lack adequate sanitary facilities; 849 million practice open defecation. In Southeast Asia, that means 38 percent of the population; in sub-Saharan Africa, 25 percent meet their needs without safety and privacy. Read more

Making a difference: the hidden poor of Appalachia Comments 0

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Tony Magliano

Back in the mid-1980s, I was working as a director of religious education at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in western Maryland. That part of Maryland, like parts of 12 other U.S. eastern states – from Alabama to New York, and all of West Virginia – is part of the Appalachian Mountain region. In those days, Read more

Salvation Army marks 500,000th free loaf with celebration Comments 0

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A food company marked the 500,000th loaf of free bread delivered to Salvation Army food banks with a celebration in Lower Hutt. The Goodman Fielder Cares Trust has provided baked bread for 10 Salvation Army food banks around the country for about the last six years. That is enough bread to stretch from Wellington to Read more

Church volunteers make a big impact Comments 0

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Josephine was facing a cold, wet winter with no glass in the windows of her home. That was until City Impact Church volunteers heard about her situation. The home the Otara woman shares with her daughter and baby granddaughter has been in the family for decades but was badly in need of repair. Continue reading

Things may be not as rosy as they say in godzone Comments 0

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Things may not be as rosy as they say in God’s own country. A Canterbury Community Law (CCL) investigation, which looked at access to justice for beneficiaries, says beneficiaries felt they were treated as “non-humans” by Work and Income – not even allowed access to toilets during lengthy waits at offices. “Beneficiaries are uniformly scared stiff Read more

Homeless man gives money away Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015

In a social experiment, YouTuber Yousef Saleh Erakat posed as a homeless man and tried to give out money to passers-by. The reactions to his generosity in this five-minute video are shockingly negative. One man in a suit and talking on a cell phone is offered money by the actor. He responds aggressively, swearing at Read more

Liberation Theology father likes ‘atmosphere’ under Francis Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015
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One of the founding fathers of Liberation Theology has acknowledged a clear “change in atmosphere” in the Church under Pope Francis. Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez said that with Francis it’s easier to push the global Church to have a special concern for the poor, “something we find in the Scriptures”. But the Peruvian theologian said there Read more