Today was Blog Action Day and I reflected considerably on what angle to take with this worthy endeavor. Last week I received an email update from More Praxis which alerted me to a campaign to alert parliamentary members and raise awareness of students who are living below the poverty line.
In a recent survey it was found that one in eight Australian students regularly go without food or other necessities because of lack of money. The maximum Youth Allowance benefit that a student under 25 and living in a share house can receive is $245 per fortnight, which is 38% below the poverty line ($645.15 per fortnight).
Just Act is an excellent social justice resource from the Uniting Church of Australia and has information on this and other campaigns. It is important to put time and money into overseas aid projects but we also need to be aware of those in poverty in our own countries. The levels of poverty may be relative but we are still called to act as the people of God.