It’s been a few weeks and all of my inquiries to establish contacts with international education professionals have gone unanswered. I was also unsuccessful in my attempts to access www.childhoodpoverty.org. Upon further research I discovered The Global Poverty Project, www.globalpovertyproject.com.
The mission of The Global Poverty Project is to end extreme poverty as we know it by 2030. By focusing on three issues, fair trade, governance and aid quality, The Global Poverty Project brought awareness to other issues such as health, education, women and girls, sanitation and clean water. One campaign, 1.4 Billion Reasons is slated for retirement this year. Since the inception of 1.4 Billion Reasons in 2009, it has delivered its message to over 200,000 people worldwide by training over 200 Global Poverty Ambassadors in the UK to talk about the long term effects of poverty within their country and the world, and established the “I am a Global Citizen Program” in Australia. 1.4 Billion Reasons has launched other successful programs such as Live Below the Line, Global Citizen and The End of Polio.
1.4 Billion made an impression on the children of New Zealand after hearing presentations from Global Ambassador Daniela Ramos Castillejos (The Global Poverty Project, 2012). Castillejos spoke on the importance of incorporating fair trade for produce in their country. Low wages for workers and low prices established for produce sold meant many families were unable to feed their children, and when they could their meals weren’t healthy. Children from the ages 5-14 became interested in discussing ways on how Fair Trade laws and policies would allow families to bring their produce to market at a fair price, thus allowing families to be able to afford buying healthier food.
The Global Poverty Project is an aggressive campaign to rid our world of extreme poverty. Ending poverty levels the playing field and allows every child a healthy meal, a necessary tool for play, growth and learning.