Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Half the world’s wealth owned by 1% of its population Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

While wages stagnate, stock prices rise and the rich get richer. If you’re lucky enough to be a member of the global 1%, last year was another good year to be alive (every year is pretty great, though). Your wealth bracket increased its share of global riches so that it holds just over half of Read more

Sister Anna changing people’s attitude to the environment Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Sister Anna Wiwiek Soepraptiwi, a Daughter of Charity who lives in Nausori, has educated many women on how to prevent harming the environment by recycling rubbish and then selling the product. “It is a lot of detailed work, but with perseverance and patience, anyone can create a nice artwork from the recycled plastics,” Anna says. Read more

Proposal for State to sell off 10,000 needy New Zealanders Comments 1

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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A newly released report proposes handing control of services for the 10,000 “highest-cost clients of the social services system” a new national “Better Lives” agency or to expanded “district health and social boards” (DHSBs), which would buy services from mostly non-government “navigators” to coordinate help for needy clients in their regions. The report says each Read more

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