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Open letter to the incoming government – time to fix 50 years of a broken promise to the world

As the new government forms and puts together its plans for the term ahead, the world around us is facing big challenges, including the coronavirus …

World Vision
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Majority believe their governments should pay more to fight COVID-19 overseas – World Vision

 80% of people surveyed in major donor countries believe life won’t return to normal until COVID-19 is under control everywhere. 60% want their governments to …

Beirut and Beyond: NZ Stories from Global Crises
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Beirut and Beyond: NZ Stories from Global Crises webinar

On World Humanitarian Day (Wednesday 19th August 2020), we are bringing you stories from crisis situations around the world, where New Zealanders have been working …

Hashtag #BigHeartsNZ on Instagram

When we look out for each other, we are stronger and more resilient in the face of shared challenges. But for years, politicians have failed to deliver on New Zealand's promise to do our bit for the global community.
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Now, more than ever, we need big hearts and a connected world, so together, we can overcome the crises of COVID-19, climate breakdown, and the global recession.
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This is the moment to stand with the world and face global challenges together by boosting New Zealand's overseas aid and climate action. Sign the petition at bighearts.org.nz 💜 #bigheartsnz
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Our Youth Ambassador Dan has seen first-hand the impacts of climate change on children and families in Malawi caught up in extreme weather events.
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Children around the globe have the right to grow up in a safe, clean and healthy environment, but the world’s changing climate is threatening to undermine that right.
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Climate change is happening. So let's stand with the world and face global challenges together by boosting New Zealand's overseas aid and climate action. Sign the petition at worldvision.org.nz/causes/advocacy 🧡 #bigheartsnz #itsOURfuture
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We all value caring communities that look out for each other. Stronger community healthcare in the Pacific can help us get through this pandemic together. It’s time for a Collective Resilience Plan. Take action at bighearts.org.nz #BigHeartsNZ ...

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“I’m 23, I have 2 children, they are 2 and 5, a boy and a girl. I want them to go to school, to do well in school and get good jobs and live well. I dropped out of school and got married, I want my children to do better. With hindsight, I should have stayed at school. Poverty is when one is helpless. Poverty is when one doesn’t have enough food and you don’t have money to buy the food. Poverty is when you don’t have something to cover yourself. You don’t have the means to get what you want, to lead a normal life others are living, to me, that’s poverty. I have hope that one day we leave poverty behind.” - Christina, Ghana 🇬🇭 #bigheartsnz ...

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We must act now before it's too late.

Climate change is happening. So let's stand with the world and face global challenges together by boosting New Zealand's overseas aid and climate action. Sign the petition at www.worldvision.org.nz/causes/advocacy #bigheartsnz #itsOURfuture
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50 years ago rich countries pledged at the UN to dedicate 0.7% of their gross national income to aid for low- and middle-income countries.⁠

In the five decades since, this promise has been kept by only a handful of countries (in 2019, only Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the UK). New Zealand is one of the countries that has not lived up to this promise - with just 0.3% of GNI going to overseas aid.⁠

"International aid is a critical tool in the fight against poverty and inequality yet most wealthy governments have been systemically defaulting on their aid commitments for decades. ⁠

This $8.5 trillion NZD debt is paid for by the 260 million children who are out of school, the half of humanity that lacks access to essential health services, and the 2 billion people who don’t have enough to eat.⁠

The coronavirus pandemic means international aid has never been more important - or more at risk." - Chema Vera, Interim Executive Director, Oxfam International⁠

Read our open letter to the new NZ government at link in bio.
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We look forward to working with Jacinda Ardern and her government over the next 3 years. Will she help New Zealand stand with the world by boosting overseas aid? It's been 50 years since NZ promised to reach a global target for aid levels. Read our open letter to the new government at the Link in our bio. ...

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"Everyday life is not easy. We don't have enough to eat, I have to ration the lunch if I want something left to eat in the evening. There is no firewood and I am afraid as a woman when I have to go get it in the bush, I do not feel safe. To survive, I try to do laundry in town with families, as I speak, we need everything, water, food, shelter.”

“With the rumour of the disease, our life has changed: markets are closed, and so is any place where we could find work. Barrier measures have changed our daily lives. We can no longer move around at random. To protect my family, we wash our hands regularly before doing anything else: cooking, eating, going to the toilet.”

“The disease has made our lives more difficult especially with regard to access to water. In order not to meet many people, we leave at dawn to go to the well. When there are a lot of people, we leave the cans at the well and return to the house.”

“We urgently need water and hygiene kits, dishes, kettles and soaps. If we’d be able to get these items, it would improve our daily lives.

“We are in the crossfire: behind us there are shootings, in front of us is the disease. How will we cope? I will be so glad when this illness ends.”

COVID-19 is the last straw for millions of people already struggling with the impacts of conflict, climate change, inequality and a broken food system that has impoverished millions of food producers and workers.

Since the pandemic began, Oxfam has reached 4.5 million of the world’s most vulnerable people with food aid and clean water, working together with over 344 partners across 62 countries. Please help us to continue this work by donating here: www.oxfam.org.nz/water #bigheartsnz
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