Forget About The Price Tag
Poverty ˈpɒvəti/ noun - the state of being extremely poor.
Sometimes I fall out with the dictionary.
To be poor means to be ‘lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society’.
But poverty is a bigger and more complex concept than simply ‘lacking sufficient money’.
When we think about poverty we picture certain things. Perhaps it’s rough sleepers in city centres across the UK? Or emaciated children in an African setting that we’re so used to seeing on TV at certain times of the year? Maybe the existence of food banks in one of the world’s biggest economies springs to mind?
This is what we’ve been taught to believe poverty looks like. I get it.
But surely these things are symptoms? Symptoms of a much deeper illness...
Ok, I know. I’m being pedantic about words. It’s what I do, ask my colleagues.
But in the immortal words of Jessie J - “It’s not about the money...”
Fighting injustice is our greatest calling.
Seeking to understand and then challenge the systems and structures that make, and keep people poor is what Christian Aid is all about.
Sometimes wounds need treating urgently but the bigger picture is the incremental stuff that's harder to pin down. Challenging the everyday, often hidden, actions that lead to deprivation, inequality and suffering.
As people sickened by the symptoms of poverty we rally to the banner of social justice.
It’s our duty to speak up for those who have no voice, hold the powerful to account and shine a light into the darker places of the world. In all that we do.
Poverty ˈpɒvəti/ noun - the symptoms of an unjust world.