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GCSE: Charities, Poverty and Development
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This war stricken country has had all of it's economy disappear in just four years, making it one of the poorest and most under developed country in the world. The instncts of the humans to survive here, in one of the most harshest environments has pushed the citizens of this nation to their boundaries. This has resulted in drug trafficking which the only way parents can earn for their families for basics such as food and shelter, is through these illegal methods.
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Christians create these organisations because they have put their Christian believe into action. Mother Theresa was one of the very famous and honest people who have put their belief into action. At the age of twelve, mother Theresa realized her vocation to help the poor therefore, she decided to train for missionary work. Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she saw outside the convent made such a deep impression on her that she had to leave; she started an open-air school for homeless children and founded her own organisation "The Missionaries of Charity" Later, she won plenty of prizes and became very famous.
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This is the ethos that Muslim Aid operates by; it means that they value each and every individual person. Muslim Aid gives 'individuals the resources and skills necessary to help them out of the poverty cycle, and give them back the dignity that is rightfully theirs' (1). They have a vision of world peace, 'compassion and justice where all people achieve fulfilment in all aspects of their lives.' (2) They provide many programs to help with emergencies and disasters. They provide emergency aid, healthcare and teaching medical skills, clean water and sanitation, shelter and housing, giving everyone a good education, food and nourishment, specialist programs with orphan care and child blindness projects.
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In South Korea children are now educated (97.9% of the population are literate) meaning the cycle of poverty was broken and their economy is now on par with other MEDCs such as the UK, the USA and Japan. Healthcare is LEDCs is also atrocious, in Kenya there is roughly 10 150 people to every one doctor, this then leads to extremely high levels of infant mortality (75 babies die per every 1000). In relation to the US where there are only 390 people per doctor and infant mortality rate are far lower.
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War and The Arms Race consume an enormous amount of third world countries money. Also wars can ruin trade for citizens within the country at war. Therefore, this deprives countries of such amenities as food and medicine. War divides many countries unnecessarily. If we all lived as Jesus taught then war wouldn't be an existing problem. Jesus said that if you are struck on your left cheek, turn your right cheek. This is referring to forgiveness and not retaliating. If we all lived in this manner then no wars would commence and that would inevitably leave countries richer and more capable of keeping themselves in an economically stable condition.
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Another cause of hunger and disease, which Christians teach is the inability to recover from natural disasters. Natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, droughts and land slides can lead to many homeless people who's houses, possessions and food sources are destroyed. Because people in poorer countries/areas are not prepared for these disasters and because they are so poor, they cannot recover from natural disasters easily with a lack of money and resources, which causes hunger and poverty amongst masses of people.
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As many countries use the land to grow cash crops, there is often no spare land for the people to feed themselves. The cheapest way to get labour is by having larger families to work on the land, but the children are also needed to look after their parents when they are too old to work. There is also the low life expectancy in these places, so there are lots of large, young families. These factors all lead to having a young, poor uneducated population, as they don't have the time or money to go to school.
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said: "Best people are those who are useful to others." This hadith shows that those who help others, in this case a Muslim Agency, are the best people in the sight of Allah and that whoever helps anyone in any way or gives them something that may prove useful to them in any way they will be rewarded either in this world or the Hereafter. As I said before Islamic Relief deals with Short-Term Aid i.e. immediate help of fulfilling basic needs in response to a disaster for a short period of time.
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Other Muslims would agree with the statement for different reasons, that is the concept of Equality in Islam, the unity Muslims should have. Muslims should make sure that they share their wealth with others to create a feeling of equality so that there are no ill-feelings in the poor for the rich. In the sight of Allah everyone is equal there is no difference between the rich and the poor. The Prophet (s.a.w): "Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds."
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They say "usury is the same as trade"; but God has permitted trade and forbidden usury." (2:274) This verse from the Holy Quran is basically pointing out that there are people who will receive reward from Allah i.e. those people who give in charity. Then there are those people who involve in usury (a form of unlawful earnings) which Allah has clearly forbidden and they will be punished for disobeying the command of Allah. Also Muslims believe Wealth is a test therefore Allah is watching us to see how we spend this wealth of ours, whether people waste the wealth on idle things or whether they spend the wealth in the way of Allah.
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150 million young people don't have food today and it is CAFOD's mission to change facts like this. CAFOD's mission is to use funds from the Church, the government and donations to help people in need regardless of their race, gender, religion or politics, to bring about change through development and relief programmes overseas. They also work to raise public awareness of poverty and injustice. Cafod raise about �30,000,000 every year which they use to help people in poverty. This money pays for things like fish to stock a village pond, an emergency kit following a disaster, a bicycle, counselling and support for a family living with HIV/AIDS or exercise books for people, to help improve literacy.
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Christians have many opportunities to support global poverty. Pope John Paul Second said in his world day of peace message 2001, It is not just a question of giving what we have left over to those in need, but of "helping entire countries who are excluded to have a chance of economic and human development. For this to happen, we need a change of lifestyles, of models and of the established structures of power which today govern societies".
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Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for the poor. Use Bible passages and Christian Church teaching to support your answer.
The king then condemns those on his left to hell, as they did not help him. This parable shows that it is a Christian's responsibility to look after the poor. If they have helped out somebody, it is as though they are doing it for Jesus himself. These good actions could be things such as giving money to charity, giving clothes to a charity, helping out with charity work, teaching the work of Bible and many other things. Another parable that teaches about helping the poor is the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus.
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Contently the country ends up spending more money on translators. In the daily mail the writer says that the government is giving out money for free. This is shown in the Daily Mail when the writer sayes"According to the home office, 5500 are now in receipt of handouts such as tax credit". The word "handouts" gives the reader the impression that the government is giving out money for free. To that purpose the word "handouts" is bias. Similarly people also think that immigration is bad for Britain because it is overcrowded in housing and Universities, in certain towns where there is no work.
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Christians would believe that helping someone who is in need is the same as helping Jesus himself. The Bible says 'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' There are other stories from the new testament, for example The Story of the Sheep and the Goats. This tells the story of Jesus separating the good people from the bad, as he does the sheep and goats. He puts the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church 1723. This quote is saying that you can only find happiness in God but I think that you cannot find happiness in fame, power or riches etc but happiness is found in achievements, being with family & friends as well as God. Christianity teaches that wealth it self is neither bad nor good, but the way it can be used can be bad. Christians should not see money for its own sake. Christians believe that money is needed to provide a decent standard of living, but Christians must make it honestly and use it fairly.
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The Good Samaritan helps a Jew and takes him down to the nearest inn and pays for him to stay there. This shows he is a loving and caring person. Jesus recognises this and rewards the Good Samaritan. The person the Samaritan helped is most likely to be a priest or a person of the religion but no it is a Jew somebody less likely to get help by a Good Samaritan. We all as Christians have a duty to strive for the common good.
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A02 - Choose Two Specific Examples Of Problems Faced By People In Developing Countries And Explain How Christians Might Apply The Beliefs You Have Identified To The Problems.
The developed countries such as England and America are trying there hardest to help these Developing countries. Developed countries are in the north (England and USA) and the developing countries are in the south (South Africa, Zimbabwe). The North or the developed world holds over 80% of all of the world's wealth, leaving a low 20% for the developing countries. Cafod and Tearfund are looking at long-term aid to help these countries. They are seeking to clear all debts by 2013. Poverty is the main problem faced.
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The project involved everyone, including the teachers, pupils and even governors. We all worked as a team even though we were all competing to get most votes. Students worked well with teachers, which brought us all closer together. It allowed us to share our different ideas and opinions on each other's thoughts. The Dorothy Project is a good example of Active Citizenship, as you are getting up and doing something about the situation rather than just sitting and discussing. We produced ideas and presented them, we did not just talk about it. It is all about getting involved and working together as a team.
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The Liberal Party failed to make any real progress in the fight against poverty.' Do you agree? Explain your answer.
There were several points of success to these reforms. Children could be detected for illnesses early on, were given a better diet, and were protected improving their standard of living. Workers were relieved from medical costs, or unemployment due to sickness or a seasonal job. The elderly no longer had to worry about old age or about relying on their children for money, or even entering the workhouse. Firstly, Local authorities were not forced to provide free school meals to children, and were not given money to provide for them.
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'Poverty' is very difficult to define, because, it varies from individual to individual. Although the Oxford English Dictionary is: destitution, deficiency, needy, and difficulties. Poverty is also a test, set by Allah. It isn't looked upon as a good factor; Islam rejects the notion of poverty as something holy. It should be fought. Islam urges us to make du'a seeking independence of means. The prophet said in his du'as "O Allah I ask you for...and independence of means". Islam uses numerous means to combat poverty, the principal being charity.
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Britain has now pledged to meet the 0.7% goal by 2013 but will they meet it? And is this good enough? The answer to that is no, because why should it take them 43 years to go from pledging to reality. The money that was raised after the Tsunami may have been millions but the countries hit worst by the Tsunami were already in debt. Indonesia already owed �70 billion and they have to pay back �7.2 billion back a year. So the money rose is no where near enough to even help one country. The reason that countries like Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka are in such debt is because the levels of interest set are cripplingly high.
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In disagreeing with the statement some Christians agree that some rich people work very hard to create their wealth. As they went to school, then university, then work long hours studying and working so really they deserve the money the make. If you made every one have an equal amount of money it could result to people not working as hard as others so it might not really help. So some rich people would have no motivation to work and say why should I make the effort?
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When they have the wealth, it is a gift from God. Christians get this attitude from the bible, for example "they must help anyone who is in trouble" (Luke 10:25-37). Statements from the church, "God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church). Another statement "the church should concern itself first and indeed second with the poor..." (Archbishops). All this is trying to tell you if you are a true Christian and you have wealth you should try and help those in need.
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Pigrimage Should money be given to the poor or should it be used for maintaining the places of pilgrimage?
So we should give money to the poor because at this time in their life they need our help and it is our duty to help them. This is why money should be given to the poor rather than places of pilgrimage because life is more important than buildings life is unique and special life is a gift from god.
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