Do you want to fight poverty but don’t know how? Here are our top five tips to help YOU make a real difference (without it costing you a fortune)…
1. Recycle at charity shops
- Have a look through your wardrobe: That dress you never wear or that shirt you’ve grown out of could help fight poverty! When you donate a pre-loved item to a charity shop, not only are you giving it a new lease of life and keeping it out of landfill, you’re also providing vital income for the charity’s work. Global Care’s three charity shops in Coventry, Kenilworth and Bulkington provide crucial funds for our work with some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children. If you don’t live in Coventry or Warwickshire, other brands of charity shop are available – every action counts!
2. Take climate action
- The climate crisis affects every one of us, rich or poor, but the tragedy is that children in the biggest carbon-emitting nations are the healthiest, while those in countries with tiny environmental footprints are twice as likely to suffer from poor health and far less likely to flourish. Put simply, children living in the world’s poorest countries are facing the brunt of a changing climate. There are many ways you can help, such as driving and flying less, switching to a ‘green’ energy provider and changing what you eat and buy. You’ll find many more tips with just a quick internet search.
3. Shop responsibly
- From food and drink to clothes and household items, try to find out more about the products you buy. Being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to mean spending more, but it does mean thinking carefully about the choices you make. The Fairtrade Foundation, for example, helps farmers and workers in 58 of the world’s poorest countries earn enough money to live comfortably, and there are over 4,500 Fairtrade certified products in shops and supermarkets in the UK. Do your best to support companies which are actively committed to improving working conditions in their supply chain. Boycott companies which aren’t acting responsibly.
- Your time and energy are just as valuable as your money when it comes to fighting poverty. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to the work of Global Care, whether they are helping out in our charity shops, sharing their expertise in finance, law, marketing, IT or other professional fields, or organising events to raise much-needed money for our work to support the poorest of the poor in partnership with grassroots Christian organisations worldwide. We already have a number of thriving volunteer groups organising everything from coffee mornings and bake-offs to sporting challenges, or you could even start your own!
5. Use your voice
- It doesn’t cost anything to speak up for those who struggle to speak up for themselves. Global Care is committed to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty and empowering today’s children to become self-sufficient adults, providing for themselves and their families. We rely on our supporters to spread the word about our work so we can continue to transform the future of children held back by poverty, gender, disability and ethnic discrimination through grassroots education projects. Please share our material on social media, talk to your friends, pass on our magazine instead of throwing it away. Learn about the challenges and then simply speak about them. The scale of global poverty is enormous – an estimated 736 million people are living in extreme poverty today – but our mission is to tackle this one child, one family and one community at a time, and YOU can help us do it.
We can’t do everything. We mustn’t do nothing. But together we can do something amazing.
We’d also like to point out that even small sums of money can make a very BIG difference. Read here how just 30p impacted a child’s life.