In September 2000, all 189 member states of the United Nations signed on to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of eight targets which aim to halve world poverty by 2015. If achieved, these goals would see the world well on the way to being one in which all people could enjoy wellbeing.
Micah Challenge International was formed soon after with the vision of a world without extreme poverty. This was a global movement of Christians committed to the poor and holding governments accountable to their pledge within the MDGs. As a local expression to the international movement, Micah Challenge Australia started in 2004 – a coalition campaign comprised of major Christian aid agencies, churches and grassroots supporters speaking out against poverty and injustice.
Since 2004, Micah Challenge (alongside sister campaign Make Poverty History) has consistently mobilised supporters to keep the Government accountable to its international commitments and campaigned for the Australian Government to give 0.7% of its national income to overseas aid. Since 2004, overseas aid has increased from 0.25% to 0.35% (approx a $2 billion dollar increase), yet it still falls far short of the 0.7% UN target.
More ways to take action
You can help prevent children like Maala being born with chronic illnesses by helping pregnant women stay healthy and nourished in the first place.
Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (June 2017). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.
Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.