Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Rival gangs meet to discuss violence and poverty Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Black Power and Mongrel Mob members met in Wellington recently to discuss strategies towards making their communities safer and healthier. Mongrel Mob member Harry Tam has held eight similar hui across the island. Tam, a former policy analyst, had been involved with the Mongrel Mob since his teens. He worked alongside four other social workers Read more

Supermarket sets up new fund for food rescue Comments 0

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Kiwis struggling to feed their families are set to get a further helping hand from one of New Zealand’s largest supermarket chains. Countdown is setting aside $100,000 of its profits to create a contestable fund that will be available to food rescue operations. Currently the supermarket chain donates food that is still fit for consumption Read more

A caring country Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Joy Cowley

A friend who divides her time between New Zealand and the European country of her birth, says New Zealand is the most caring country in the world. “People look out for each other,” she says. “If someone falls in the street, people run to help them.” Her opinion may be fashioned by her own compassionate Read more

Pope and Facebook founder – communication technologies could alleviate poverty and encourage hope Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Facebook and similar communications’ technologies could be used to alleviate poverty, encourage the culture of encounter and bring a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged. This week’s meeting at the Vatican between Pope Francis and Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of social networking giant Facebook, looked at ways to achieve this. The meeting Read more

Dentists provide free dental care for low income people Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

A dental initiative has allowed 850 low-income people to get free dental care this week. The Smile New Zealand programme set up by the Dental Association and the Southern Cross Health Trust gives basic dental care for community card holders needing urgent attention. Project manager Deepa Hughes said professional dental care was out of the Read more

The poverty-fighting power of coffee Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Coffee and the fight against poverty

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recently allocated $4.5 million in private funds to the Coffee Lands Program. It was a first for us — invest to specialize in a single value chain. We chose to start the process of specialization with coffee. Why coffee? Because it turns out that a thriving coffee sector is good development Read more

Rio Olympics ‘missed opportunity’ to help Brazil’s poor Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Rio Olympics  are a “huge missed opportunity” to improve the lives of the country’s poorest, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod) has said. With all eyes on Brazil this summer for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cafod said that the plight of Brazil’s indigenous peoples and the Amazon should be centre stage.Read more

Young Maori: Concern for homeless at kapa Haka competition Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Last week’s national secondary schools’ kapa haka competitions in Hawke’s Bay have shown that rangatahi are deeply concerned with politics and social issues. Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says she wishes more of her political colleagues understood te reo Maori so they could appreciate the korero coming from the stage about issues affecting their whanau, Read more

Texas Baptists feed the hungry in Spain Comments 0

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Every week, Texan Baptists provide groceries to feed about 50 hungry families in Cerdanyola, Spain. The church partners with the local government to raise awareness of the ministry in the neighborhood. “The results have been humbling,” Daniel Banyuls, who has been a pastor at the Baptist Iglesia Evangelica,  in Cerdanyola  for the past 15 years. The Read more

Cardinal Dew’s Mountain of Mercy Comments 1

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Mountain of Mercy

In what Cardinal John Dew called “an act of mercy” dozens of new pairs of shoes, vouchers and socks were piled on Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral steps on Sunday. “We have asked people to ‘be an act of mercy’ and they have responded with great generosity for those who can’t afford to put shoes and Read more