Faiths Act Volunteer inspired by Global Poverty Project Launch at Lambeth Palace
Yesterday, we were delighted to join with the Global Poverty Project to host the multi-faith launch of 1.4 Billion Reasons at Lambeth Palace. The GPP is an initiative aiming to catalyse the global community to end global poverty within a generation by hosting events to push completing the Millennium Development Goals to the forefront of government. As the Archbishop said in his address: “We have at our disposal the resources to end poverty within a generation... what we need is to activate the political and the moral will”. 1.4 Billion Reasons is their presentation that they are aiming to take around the country to galvanise people. The participants included representatives from many different faith charities, and cultures, from Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians as well as representatives from faith communities.
Over afternoon tea we were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury before members of the Global Poverty Project presented 1.4 Billion Reasons. The Archbishop highlighted that helping others was central to all faiths and that we had a duty to the quarter of the world’s population that currently resides in poverty. “The Global Poverty Project is an ambitious educational and advocacy tool,” he said, “It seeks to awaken the consciousness of nations which are at the moment... standing in the way of the dignity and the destiny of the rest of the world.” He also highlighted the attitude of the more developed nations towards those still developing: “We say we will do everything we possibly can for the developing world and the more vulnerable parts of humanity, except to make the changes that will allow liberty, dignity and... the destiny of human beings to flourish.”
We were joined for the afternoon by Pastor Francis Asante-Boadu the winner of our competition to attend the event who has held multi-faith fundraisers for Malaria No More. Originally from Ghana and now studying for ordination in Birmingham, Francis feels passionate about poverty in our world: “Poverty is around us, sometimes we do not see the poor, because we do not identify with them; but God sees and identifies with the poor. God has given all of us sufficient grace and wealth,” he said “therefore we have the power to bring hope to others and to change our world”. 1.4 Billion Reasons highlighted the problems currently faced by those living in extreme poverty, and what we as a global community, especially within the faith communities, can do enable effective development across the globe. As Francis said after the event: “Let us all fight against injustice, struggle and identify with the poor until one day poverty is no more.”
Global Poverty Project is aiming to take 1.4 Billion Reasons around the country in the coming months and use it as a tool to catalyse action on world poverty. If you would like to hold a presentation that is tailored to your community, please contact Hannah Wallace at Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org.