New Rochelle, NY (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
To mark the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Salesian Missions is proud to report on some of its programs around the globe that fight extreme poverty by providing hope and opportunity. The day is recognized globally with a focus on promoting the awareness of and the ongoing efforts to eradicate poverty everywhere— which remains at the core of the Salesians work with youth and their families in more than 131 countries.
Each year focuses on a particular theme. This year the United Nations chose "Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace," which was chosen to highlight the link between poverty and social unrest. It also focuses on the need to provide people with the necessary skills to contribute to society.
“Poverty is easy to denounce but difficult to combat,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a recent UN article highlighting International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. “Those suffering from hunger, want and indignity need more than sympathetic words; they need concrete support.”
Ban further stressed in the article that that during times of economic austerity it is even more crucial to put policies in place that will protect the most vulnerable.
“As governments struggle to balance budgets, funding for anti-poverty measures is under threat. But this is precisely the time to provide the poor with access to social services, income security, decent work and social protection,” he says in the UN article. “Only then can we build stronger and more prosperous society—not by balancing budgets at the expense of the poor.”
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed annually since 1993. The UN General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in every country.
During the last decade, millions have overcome extreme poverty and have improved access to health care and education. Extreme poverty rates have decreased in every region of the world. More than 39 million more children attend primary school and access to clean water has increased to 89 percent. But in spite of these important gains, several critical gaps remain.
Poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development’ were further noted in the UN article as the eight Millennium Development Goals selected by world leaders at the UN summit in 2000.
The Salesians working at the ground level within communities ravaged by poverty see their efforts and these improvements first hand.
“Whether giving food and shelter to street children or building schools and teaching job skills to youth in poverty, the Salesians are giving youth hope for a new future, says Fr. Mark Hyde, executive director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Our work gives youth the access to learn employable skills and provides the opportunity for them to break the cycle of poverty in their lives.”
To mark the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Salesian Missions is reporting on some of the many Salesian programs around the globe that fight extreme poverty by providing hope and opportunity to youth and their communities. Highlighted countries include: Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.
To read about the programs fighting poverty in these countries, go to MissionNewswire.org.