Foundation wants more awareness of poverty issues

POSTED: 09/12/11 12:10 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Home Away from Home taking care of the Golden Age Foundation launched a campaign Friday to raise awareness of how poverty is affecting senior citizens. The campaign will last until October 17 when they will host activities to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The foundation’s campaign will focus on the issuing of weekly statements that will reveal how especially the elderly are affected by poverty and the need to provide social assistance. There will also be a focus on how women, men and young people are affected by poverty. The fact that eradicating poverty is a human rights issue will also be part of the campaign, alongside the fact that world leaders who assembled at the Millennium Summit in 2000 at the United Nations committed to reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.

“Every woman, man, youth and child has the human right to a standard of living adequate for health and well being, food, clothing, housing, medical care and social service. Poverty is a human rights violation,” the foundation’s president Patricia Flanders wrote in a press release.

That release also calls for the Government of St. Maarten to get involved in poverty alleviation and queries the Parliament of St. Maarten on its stand on poverty. At least one Member of Parliament – Romain Laville – is on record as calling for a new poverty assessment. The last such review is now five years old.

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