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Coming Together To End Poverty

by Ariadne Sofianidis

Between now and 2015, we must make sure that promises made become promises kept. The consequences of doing otherwise are profound: death, illness and despair, needless suffering, lost opportunities for millions upon millions of people. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations In 2010, Ban Ki-moon stood up and spoke about the importance of the year 2015 in the fight to end global poverty. And now the year is almost over. Tomorrow, 17 October, marks the International Day for the Eradication…

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Respect To Protect Women In India

by Jessica Carter

Do you know what one of the leading causes of death among women all around the globe is? It’s not car crashes, or diabetes or even breast cancer. It’s violence. In fact, around the world, women aged 15-44 are more at risk of rape and domestic violence than cancer, car crashes, war and malaria. Violence against women is one of the most widespread and persistent violations of human rights. At least one in three women will experience physical and/or sexual violence during her lifetime, usually at…

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Opportunity Supporter Survey 2015

by Opportunity International Australia

The results are in! Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your thoughts and opinions with us in Opportunity International Australia’s 2015 Supporter Survey. By giving us more insight into why helping people out of poverty is important to you, we are better equipped to work alongside you and engage other Australians in order to achieve our goal of reaching 20 million families by 2020. With a total of 689 survey responses, a generous supporter has donated a total of $6,890 – so your…

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Weapons And Enchantment In India

by Benjamin Freeman

Enchanting isn’t a word I reach for too often, but I feel it is fair to say that the last few weeks in India were an enchanting experience. The energy of the country (in particular Delhi) and its vibrancy is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Everything seems heightened and this was definitely true of the stories I heard. When there’s a particularly dramatic story of transformation, I always find myself somewhat stuck emotionally. There’s horror at what’s happened but there’s also a…

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UN Global Goals Leave No One Behind

by Robert Dunn

17 goals. 169 targets. Last Friday, the 193 United Nations (UN) member states adopted the much-anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It looks like a lot, but these goals are not like their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – 8 goals that applied solely to developing countries with the support of wealthier nations. Also known as the Global Goals, the SDGs are the responsibility of every nation – whether developing or developed – to “end poverty, protect the planet…

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Host a toddler tea party, they said. It will be fun, they said...

by Daniel Belzer

The stage was set for an outdoor tea party for toddlers last Saturday morning to raise funds for families in poverty through Food for Thought. Instead we woke up to pouring rain and tantrum number one for the day. They say you can’t rely on the weather but I was in denial so we pressed on preparing the food – the scent of fresh coffee and cupcakes filling the air as the sun came out. Guests were due to arrive in an hour and all was right with the world. Then it poured, again. So naturally we…

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Waiting On Water

by Benjamin Freeman

One of the biggest struggles for me on this trip so far has been adjusting to life without easily accessible, clean water. This means that I have to prepare myself with at least three water bottles before we start each day. That might sound a little excessive. But after experiencing a few interviews where there were five or six of us in a tiny, unventilated room at about 40 degrees, I realised how important it is to have water on hand. Yet despite this realisation, I still forget the water from time…

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Hot Off The Press: Insight Newsletter

by Stephanie Hristovska

There’s a lot of food for thought in the latest issue of Insight – in more ways than one! Read about how Opportunity programs in China are growing businesses, creating jobs and transforming lives, helping stop people living in poverty in rural areas from being left behind. Get the low-down on Food for Thought, Opportunity’s annual fundraising campaign. By sharing a meal with your friends or family during September or October and encouraging them to donate to show their support, you can help…

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A Visit To The Slum

by Benjamin Freeman

Last Friday I visited one of the largest slums in Manila with Mark Daniels, Opportunity’s Philippines Director. In my time in the Philippines so far I’ve met mainly with families in regional areas in their homes. Though they’re located in very poor areas, these homes have generally been quite beautiful in their simplicity – lots of bamboo huts on acres of green farmland. The slum was a different experience entirely. For me, slums have always been pretty hard to visualise, no matter how much…

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The Importance Of Being Kindness

by Benjamin Freeman

Earlier this year I watched a graduation speech given by an author I like, George Saunders. Typically I’m not one for these kinds of inspirational messages but I thought I would give it a go. In the speech, George talks to a bunch of graduates from an elite college in America about the importance of kindness. The following quote has stuck with me: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…

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