Did you know that 1.8 million children die each year from lack of clean water. That's 5000 a day! Simple things can bring about a lot of change in poor countries. See what a group from Destin is doing to help stop poverty in the Philippines.
Hi I am a artist mainly using Driftwood/sand as a medium to get people to remember that poverty still rolls along with a death rate of 1,200 people per hour, I have for the last 3 years put on a exibition of Poverty, last year other artists exhibited as well.
The exhibition will be during september this year in Dunbar Scotland, would any one like to give advice on how to create a virtual exhibition at the same time as the physical exhibition, or on how to market the exhibition effectivly?
If any body is interested I could post pictures of the sculptures!
Capitalism needs poverty. It is the poor who run the machinery. So there must be an end to capitalism. The best way to do this is to stop supporting corporations. We have to think more small business and more local production, especially of clothing and food. Empowerment is making people know what is going on. An [...]
Last year you pushed G8 leaders to make big commitments, including debt cancellation, and an extra $50 billion in aid every year for the world’s poorest people. If delivered, these steps could help to end the extreme poverty in Africa that kills 30,000 men women and children every day. All of these deaths are avoidable.
One year on, we will be watching the G8 leaders to see if the promises they made are being kept.
Thanks to you, Africa is on the agenda at this year’s G8 summit in St. Petersburg. Because you raised your voice, poverty can’t be ignored. But we want to see action, not just words from the G8 leaders. We need concrete, properly funded plans to make the G8 promises on health and education a reality. Promises alone won’t save lives.
Thousands of you took action ahead of the G8 Finance Ministers meeting earlier this month. Because of you, the ministers reaffirmed their commitments to education for all and supporting vaccine development for diseases that affect the poorest people in the world.
Now we need their bosses, the G8 leaders, to go much further. They need to know that we have not forgotten what they promised.
Click here to send a post-it note straight to St. Petersburg to remind the G8 leaders of their commitments, and to leave them in no doubt that we are watching. Let’s make promises happen.
The LIVE 8 Team.
p.s. There’s lots more information on whether the G8 are keeping their promises or not at: www.thedatareport.org
National Child Benefit Supplement [NCBS] Backgrounder
What is the National Child Benefit Supplement?
The National Child Benefit Supplement [NCBS] was introduced in 1997 as a measure to prevent and reduce child poverty. The NCBS is part of the Canada Child Tax Benefit [CCTB]. Similar to what used to be known as the 'baby bonus,' the CCTB replaced existing child benefits including the Working Income Supplement.
The CCTB is delivered to families with children under the age of 18 through a Basic Benefit and the NCBS. The Basic Benefit is provided to approximately 80% of Canadian families.
Approximately 40% of families also receive the NCBS. The amount of NCBS received goes down as a family's income goes up. Families with incomes less than $22,615 receive the full NCBS, while a family with an income of more than $35,000 does not receive any NCBS.
In 2004-05, the full NCBS provides $1,511 a year for the first child, $1,295 for the second child, and $1,215 for each additional child. That is approximately equal to $115/month for each child.
The NCBS Clawback
The 1997 agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments required that the amount of the NCBS be deducted from the families on social assistance. This is known as the NCBS clawback. In spite of the agreement, Manitoba and New Brunswick do not clawback the NCBS. All of the other provinces and territories clawback some or all of the benefit.
The Ontario government claws back the NCBS from both Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients.
What Happens to the Clawed Back Funds?
The monies that are clawed back from families on social assistance are supposed to be reinvested in new programs for low-income families.
In Ontario, approximately $250 million is reinvested in various provincial and municipal programs. Approximately 80% of the NCBS clawback is invested in provincial programs, such as, the Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families. Families in receipt of social assistance do not usually benefit from this program because of the way the program is designed. The remaining 20% of the NCBS clawback is distributed among municipalities and used in a broad range of programs. Many of the reinvestment programs are important and need to be funded - but not by taking money away from the poorest families in our communities.
The Liberal Promise in Ontario
During the last provincial election, Dalton McGuinty acknowledged that the NCBS clawback was wrong and promised to end it in his first mandate.
Six months into their mandate, the Liberals announced that, instead of ending the clawback, they would "cap" it while they conducted a review of the program. The effect of the cap is to allow social assistance families to keep the July 2004 increase in the NCBS. For a family with one child, the increase amounts to $48 a year, a far cry from the $1,511 in benefits that go to low-income families that are not on social assistance.
Governments say that the NCBS must be clawed back to ensure that working families are always better off than families on social assistance. Governments argue that clawing back the NCBS from families on social assistance is necessary because parents on social assistance "need" an incentive to find paid work.
This argument reinforces discriminatory stereotypes about persons on social assistance. It ignores the reality that social assistance recipients face numerous systemic barriers, including disability, access to affordable childcare, and lack of jobs. We do not structure our labour market to provide full employment. To benefit other players in our economy, the unemployment rate in Canada hovers around seven percent. In addition, minimum wage jobs, where much of our labour market growth is found, do not provide enough income to allow even a single person to get above the poverty line.
Imposing the clawback on social assistance families also ignores the reality that the same families may cycle between social assistance and precarious paid work. It does not provide the kind of meaningful support that low-income families need to stay out of poverty. This so-called "incentive" plan does nothing more than punish families who need to rely on social assistance.
Discrimination Against People on Social Assistance
Families on social assistance are generally the poorest people in our communities. For instance, a single mom with one child is supposed to make ends meet on the $957/month she receives from social assistance. How can a family of two survive when the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in Ontario is $886/month?
It is simply not fair that the Ontario government is taking away the NCBS from families on social assistance that so desperately need it.
Ending the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) would make a big difference in the lives of families on social assistance. When you’re already living below the poverty line, being able to keep the approximately $115 you get every month for each of your children would go a long way towards paying your bills. But that’s not what happens.
Every month the federal government allows the Ontario government to clawback the NCBS from 163,726 children across the province – simply because their parents are on social assistance. It’s not right.
Tell the Ontario government to end the clawback immediately!