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Explain how Christians might support those who are poor around the world. You may wish to illustrate your answer by briefly referring to one or two current examples of global poverty (14 marks)

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Religious Education GCSE Coursework Specification A option 2B The Effects of the Roman Catholic Tradition on Lifestyle and Behaviour World Poverty Question 2 Explain how Christians might support those who are poor around the world. You may wish to illustrate your answer by briefly referring to one or two current examples of global poverty (14 marks) As the contrast between the wealthiest and the poorest people and nations becomes more and more extreme an increasing challenge exists for Christians, especially Christians who are lucky enough to live in the world's wealthiest countries, like us. However there are many varying ways in which Christians might support those who are poor around the world. Debt is one of the main causes of poverty. Most less economically developed countries (LEDC's) have to borrow a lot of money from the more economically developed countries (MEDC's) ...read more.

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CAFOD is an example of a charity that provides help both in long- term and short- term aid to many countries and projects across the world. The tsunami that hit Asia on the 26th December 2004 destroyed thousands of lives, homes and livelihoods. People in the UK donated twenty- seven million pounds to CAFOD, including over nine million pounds from the Catholic community, to help the survivors of the tsunami. In the first few months CAFOD distributed food to over 120,000 people and helped find many peoples' loved ones. This is an example of short -term aid to the people affected by a sudden natural disaster. Malawi is currently one of the poorest countries in Africa. Most of the 11 million people living in the country are farmers, meaning that they are totally reliant on the food they grow. ...read more.

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Fair-trade products are products that guarantee that the producers of the products are being paid a fair price for their labour and not being exploited. They can also support third world countries by boycotting certain companies like Nike and Nestl´┐Ż that have been proven to be exploiting disadvantaged workers. They could also support the third world through their work. For example they could refuse to work for or invest in unethical companies or businesses. Christians can support the poor through the democratic process by electing politicians that share their views on world poverty. Governments can support charitable giving with schemes such as "gift aid" and "give as you earn". These are schemes which maximise donations via tax relief. Some governments also give direct aid to poor countries. Supporting the poor can also involve individual Christians travelling to third world countries to give direct aid to the poor. In conclusion, there are many different ways in which Christians choose to support the poor. Not all of these methods involve financial support. ...read more.

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