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While Australians live in prosperity, over one-sixth of the world’s population – 1.2billion people – are still living in extreme poverty. With slavery, disease, disability and lack of education and healthcare rampant in the world, it is easy to lose hope. But together, we can bring hope to the hopeless, our prosperity bringing about a more just world.
Many Australians are unaware that our actions as consumers actually have a direct impact on the livelihoods of people living in poor communities. Without humbly opening our eyes and our hearts to the reality of the role we play in inequality, we will never be moved to act.
The good news is that many people are beginning to understand this and are helping their community understand and take action as consumers. But sometimes it can be hard to know how to help others on the journey towards making different, more ethical choices. You may have heard of Fair Trade, but have trouble accessing products that are ethical, empower producers and end the cycle of hopelessness.
Uplift want to help you become the answer to injustice. We do this through guest speaking and education, by making Fair Trade products more accessible through our Fair Trade Events and by engaging churches, schools, businesses and communities with practical change through ethical awareness.
Fifty Kilometres of a twisty climb in a car with no seatbelts and a reckless driver brought about many emotions; fear for our lives, awe for the beauty passed of long waterfalls, forrest greenery, monkeys and beautiful mountains and anticipation of what we would find at the top of the mountain providing we would survive. At last, after two hours we arrive in Kodiakanal, a town like no other we have visited in India, so far. Houses seem to be built into the walls of the mountain. We feel the cool, peaceful breeze as we open the car door, soothing our troubled nerves. There is a huge shortage of water here and are encouraged not to take unnecessary showers. We...
Our third and last day in Kashmir - we packed the car with all our luggage and squash into Sajad’s car. He has one last family he would like us to visit before we fly out midday. Travelling out from the city the roads begin opening up, lush fields, the sheer mountains peeking through the trees - but everywhere the effects of the flood waters still apparent - still a lush and beautiful drive. At the gate of the Mirtariqahmad house, we are met by the Father and the youngest brother, who walks with the aid of a walking stick. They take us into a room where the two older brothers are seated and stitching. While the effects of muscular dystrophy can...