End Poverty 2015 - stand uü http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/364/0 en Zimbabwe: Do the right thing – Stamp out poverty http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/zimbabwe-do-right-thing-%E2%80%93-stamp-out-poverty/06/nov/09 <p>This year, people from all walks of life stood united in Mabvuku, a high density suburb about 22km east of the capital, on October 17 in the scorching sun to pray for relief for people living in poverty and hunger around the world.</p> <p>The hosting of the “Stand Up and Take Action” campaign in this sprawling township was befitting and showed solidarity with masses in the area who have borne the brunt of a devastating cholera outbreak, water crisis, mountains of uncollected garbage, housing woes, maternal deaths, unemployment and myriad other social problems.<br /> The main event was a huge success and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (<span class="caps">GCAP</span>) Ambassadors – including jazz sensation Victor Kunonga, gospel giant Pastor G, Mabvuku’s famous son Willom Tight, talented and rising gospel star Sebastian Magacha, urban groovers Mafrik and other cultural advocates &#8211; joined people worldwide using the power of music to infuse hope and spark concerted action in the fight against hunger and poverty.</p> <p>“Education is the key in the fight against poverty. We want free education for all. No child must drop out [of] school,” said the Mafrik lead vocalist. “How can we progress without education? Free education for all is the answer. No one, poor or rich, should be denied the right to education.”</p> <p>Mafrik’s lyrics on their song ‘Amai’ (mother) put the issue of rising maternal deaths on the spotlight and reminded people about the grim reality of collapsing health delivery systems which have claimed the lives of thousands of women in the country.<br /> Kunonga fused his music with powerful messages that focused on the water crisis, maternal health problems, deteriorating human conditions, the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children, HIV/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> and the crisis in the education sector, among other problems in the country.</p> <p>“We are happy to be part of this campaign to showcase our talents while at the same time spreading the message about the need to join hands in the fight against poverty,” he said.</p> <p>“We are proud to launch the ‘Raise a Million Pencils for a Million School Children’ campaign here in Mabvuku on this day. We don’t want any child to drop [out of] school. We want every child to have learning materials. Universal education is our goal, though this is our modest contribution.”</p> <p>Mabvuku Hall was filled to capacity and was overflowing with cultural events that attracted local choral groups, drama clubs, drum majorettes, Ajigija the Clown, local magician Frank Nero and performance acts from nine primary schools in Mabvuku and Tafara, the poorest suburbs in the eastern part of Harare.</p> <p>Lively performances by Pastor G, Sebastian Magacha, Mafrik, Nyevero Dzedenga Gospel Singers (United Methodist Church) and other choral groups sent the crowd wild with revellers singing in unison in this global event that sought to inform and inspire people to join the global movement against poverty and in support of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.</p> <p>“If I see the teacher, I see the image of God. Teachers are from teachers, doctors are from teachers, nurses are from teachers, architects are from teachers, even us actors are from teachers,” said one popular Mabvuku actor, to a standing ovation.<br /> “Education is the key; it keeps our eyes peeled.”</p> <p>Magician Frank Nero’s antics and acrobatics kept the crowd mesmerised and thrilled while Ajigija the Clown was busy painting enthusiastic children with messages that read: ‘Stand Up Against Poverty,’ ‘No to Hunger and Poverty’ and other words that exposed the grim condition of poverty.</p> <p>The curtain came down with a spirited performance by Willom Tight who wowed the crowd with his popular tunes ‘Nyoka inyoka’ (A snake is a snake) and love song “Ndinoda Wangu.”</p> <p>“Let’s do the right thing and fight poverty. Lets say no to poverty and hunger. We want clean water; we want our children to go to school,” he said to an enthusiastic crowd.<br /> Pastor G paid tribute to the poor for demonstrating their resilience in the wake of deteriorating human conditions in the country. </p> <p>“All children must go to school. No woman must die giving birth; we don’t want poverty. Do the right thing; fight poverty.”</p> <p>Most school performance acts centered on the poor working conditions for teachers, rising cost of education, poverty, plight of the girl child and rising cases of child abuse and school drop outs. </p> <p>MDGs are shared global targets on poverty, health, education and the environment, among others, set for countries to achieve by 2015.</p> <p>This year more than 173 million people around the world joined forces to call on global leaders to stamp out poverty and take action to achieve the MDGs by 2015. The Guinness World Record was smashed and more than 3,000 events were held in more than 120 countries in the fourth year of the &#8220;Stand Up and Take Action&#8221; campaign held on October 16 – 18. Nearly 60 million more people took part in the festivities this year compared to 2008.</p> <p>&#8220;We know that if we take a stand — if we act — we can end poverty in our lifetimes,&#8221; said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was joined by 1,500 schoolchildren at the UN International School (<span class="caps">UNIS</span>) in New York on October 16 in calling for an end to hunger, which currently afflicts one billion people worldwide.</p> <p>At least 100 million people in Asia took part in the campaign, while Africa saw the participation of almost 40 million, the Arab region over 30 million, Europe more than 2 million, Latin America and North America some 200,000 each, and Oceania more than 170,000.</p> <p>The Mabvuku Hall concert and others worldwide reminded leaders across the globe about the worsening human conditions for the poor, the devastating effects of the global financial meltdown, rising food and fuel prices and deteriorating food security for the hungry.</p> <p>It offered a unique platform for people across the globe to show solidarity with the world’s poorest and socially and politically excluded people.</p> Africa English stand uü Mon, 09 Nov 2009 17:00:09 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 619 at http://endpoverty2015.org