Plan Ahead: Is there some small response I can make to mark the urgency of this reminder of the poverty that exists in our world? – skip a meal or a tea break; – reverence the food with which I am gifted today – acknowledge and give thanks for the riches with which I am blessed and sometimes take for granted. – write a prayer marking the significance of this day. – visit this website for resources I can use to mark this day – including background; a prayer service; a poverty quizz and more. https://educationforjustice.org/events/international-day-eradication-poverty-1 Another link which offers further in-depth information around this significant event. http://rscj-anz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/International-Day-for-the-Elimination-of-Poverty.pdf
About World Food Day – from Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us
Sitting with God in prayer is an essential part of our lives. It is often more difficult to pray before situations that require our attention. Make a conscious effort to become politically aware, of local/national issues that adversely affect the poor. How can you make your voice heard?
Sometimes, perhaps unconsciously, we can treat poverty – and poor people – as a problem to be solved. We presume to have, or to be able to find, the answers. The habit of teaching others can be a trap for those committed to the service of education. As we reflect on Patricia de Quevedo RSCJ’s words, we can ask ourselves: – do we really listen to people who lack resources and connections, or only to those who have them? – what have we done to try to see reality from the perspective of those who are disadvantaged or marginalized? – what have we learnt from people suffering disadvantage and exclusion?
The International community celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty on 17 October. This reflection sheet on the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty introduces the major contemporary approaches to understanding poverty, reflects on key elements of the response of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and provides some questions for personal or group reflection.
Sacred Heart @ the UN remind us that there are fewer than 1000 days left until the deadline set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. While governments at the UN are negotiating the nature and content of any follow-up goals after 2015, achieving the existing goals should be everyone’s priority. The End Poverty 2015 campaign has a special website which serves as a Gateway to the UN System’s Work on the MDGs. Its page on the MDG Momentum gives updated information on each single goal and target. It also has infographics and posters on the eight MDGs which may be downloaded for promoting the MDGs, as long as they are not used for