Helping people escape poverty
The annual ‘International Anti-Poverty Week’ (APW) from 15-21 October has reminded Salvation Army workers and members of the movement’s historical belief in and practice of a preferential option to reach out to people who are impoverished, as they are particularly vulnerable to social and economic pressures and hardships. The international Anti-Poverty Week centres around the United Nations’ annual International Anti-Poverty Day on 17 October, which commenced in 1987.
The event is a solemn reminder that poverty exists because we allow it. APW seeks to strengthen ‘public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.’
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