May, 2013

How to be Bill Gates…

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Funny that it takes a slightly (forgive me) nerdy billionaire to make us sit up and take notice of people living in poverty worldwide.  There he was, the brilliant Bill Gates, chatting to our politicians and public about the astronomical difference aid makes every day to the lives of people who would die without it.  […]  

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When is it okay to want more?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

If you’ve grown up around churches or with some kind of spiritual heritage, you’re probably uncomfortable with the idea of wanting more.  It sounds greedy – and who wants that when we’re trying to walk in the footsteps of the one who asked us to give the shirt from our very own backs? Is it […]  

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Looking for a positive way to respond to disappointing Aid figures? Look no further than our May e-news

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

In this issue: Looking for a positive way to respond to disappointing Aid figures? | Australia’s ‘tight fiscal environment’- more pain for the world’s poorest | Student shoots for the top – great news from squatter settlements in Fiji |  It’s National Volunteers Week! | Essential reading for your weekend Looking for a positive way to respond to disappointing Aid figures? This tax... Read More »

Bridging the gap between belief and action: the challenge of International Day of Families.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

International Day of Families is a great day for slogans. All families are equal!  YES!  All families have a right to health care, education and nutritious food!  YES! And yet probably one of the hardest questions I’ll ever ask myself occurred to me standing in the soupy heat of a bright Indian morning, smiling at […]  

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2013/2014 Federal Budget – Our response

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

UnitingWorld expresses disappointment today that the Government has again delayed its foreign aid commitment of 0.5% of GNI for another year and will continue to divert up to $375 million from the aid budget to onshore asylum seeker processing. These further delays and diversions equate to a cut of up to $4.8 billion in projected funding from 2012-2016 to the world’s poorest people. “Whilst we... Read More »

Giving your heart to love and your hand to help

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Rev Paul Bartlett, one of UnitingWorld’s newest staff members, has just spent a week with our partners on the Indonesian islands of Bali and Sumba. He witnessed first hand how small loans and business skills training is giving a hand up to families and communities. Here are his reflections… As I stepped off the plane […]  

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