Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

University students living on $2.25 a day Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Odd diets and limited funds are not unknown to university students, but some are making the best of it to help do some good. From October 6, dozens of Victoria University students will spend five days living off whatever meals they can make for $2.25 a day. They have have signed up to take part Read more

Child Poverty messenger shot down. What about the message? Comments 4

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
John Murphy

Those who know me may be surprised to learn I’m saddened Hone Harawira is no longer in Parliament. I’m not in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate. I’m not Māori. I have no particular affinity towards Hone Harawira nor necessarily agree with most of what he says. Hone Harawira however was a strong voice for the disadvantaged, Read more

Presbyterians pick up Papal message on poverty Comments 0

Friday, September 12th, 2014

St Luke’s Presbyterian Church has prominently displayed a big billboard of Pope Francis with his quote, “Inequality is the root of social evils”, in recognition of his leadership on tackling the issue poverty. St Luke’s Presbyterian Church minister Reverend Glynn Cardy, who was behind the often-controversial billboards at St Matthew’s-in-the-city in the past, said they Read more

If media focused on discussing poverty instead of celebrity Comments 0

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Move over, Kim Kardashian. Poverty is ready for its close-up. In a provocative campaign that pokes fun at our culture’s obsession with celebrities, WoodGreen Community Services  in Canada places struggling single mothers on the covers of glossy magazine mock-ups. The standard tabloid teases are replaced with headlines such as “Tanya Tries To Avoid Eviction” and “25 Read more

Archbishop Balvo calls for ethical economic reform Comments 0

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Archbishop Charles Balvo has called for an ethical economic reform. Balvo, who was recently the Pope’s representative [apostolic nuncio] in Wellington was addressing  the United Nations Environmental Assembly. He said that while the desire to moderate the consumption of goods was commendable, it was necessary to abandon the model of “an uncontrolled consumerism, an immeasurable Read more

Melinda Gates: ‘Simple Things Can Have a Huge Effect’ Comments 0

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private global development organisation in the world. In a SPIEGEL interview, Melinda Gates explains the couple’s start in philanthropy, the challenges of combatting disease in conflict zones and the unique responsibility of the wealthy. SPIEGEL: Mrs. Gates, how does it feel to be so rich that Read more

Solomons women to benefit from micro-finance project Comments 0

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

A saving scheme for women in Gizo in Solomon Islands has been set up to help improve their economic status and eventually set up their own businesses. The Women’s Saving Club was developed as the micro-finance component of a fisheries project. It looks at ways the income and food security of the fishing communities can Read more

Faith and life in Brazil Comments 0

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

It’s official: the deep Amazonas is more remote than Siberia. In all of the visits I have made to provinces of the Congregation of Jesus (CJ) all over the world, never have I been without a signal for my BlackBerry… until I visited one of our sisters living and working in a community along the Read more

Jeff Drane: Wellington Community Champion Comments 2

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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After more than 20 years working for community services Jeff Drane has been named a Wellington Community Champion. The work specialised in assisting under-resourced families, mental health consumers, refugees and migrants and delivered ongoing benefits to families.Fr Drane is perhaps best known for his work with the Newtown Budgeting and Advice Services. “It was just the relief Read more

Brazil’s bishops give red card to World Cup Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Brazil’s Catholic bishops have given a red card to the organisers of the World Cup Soccer tournament in their nation. The bishops are critical that billions of dollars were spent on stadiums, but Brazil’s public services are still poor. In a red card-shaped brochure distributed in churches, the Brazilian bishops’ conference urged their government to Read more