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Goal 1 – No Poverty

Connecting Experience

Nearly half of the world lives in poverty today, and so many people struggle for basic human needs like adequate food and clean waterEliminating poverty is about giving all people everywhere an equal chance at living fulfilled lives. 

Tasks

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What is poverty?
Wake up points
Age Group:   7+ Amount of people:  5+

Time:   20 – 30 minutes

Objective:

To learn about the different types of poverty, and discuss the different effects it can have.

Material:

Scenarios printed/written out before meeting.

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Decisions! Decisions!
Wake up points
Age Group:   11+ Amount of people:  3+

Time:   30 minutes – 1 hour

Objective:

To learn about the different forms of poverty.

Material:

None required but you could make signs of each of the six forms of poverty.

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Poverty around you
Look around points
Age Group:   7+ Amount of people:  3+

Time:   1 -2 hours

Objective:

To learn what kind of poverty there is in your area.

Material:

n/a

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Instructions:

Get in contact with an organisation in the area that is working to help people in poverty. Invite someone from the organisation to come and talk to the participants about the work they’re doing.  

Encourage participants to ask questions to learn about the organisation and what it’s doing to help in the area, who the volunteers are, why they do what they do, how you can help them.  

If you’re doing the ACT! Project from this section, you can use this talk to discuss ways your group can help the organisation and create a plan for your action project. 

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Is Poverty here?
Look around points
Age Group:   11+ Amount of people:  3+

Time:   30 minutes up to 1 hour

Objective:

To talk about what kind of poverty there might be in their area and who is there to help.

Material:

Paper, pens

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Instructions:

Split participants into small groups and have them discuss what types of poverty there are in their local area and to write down what they think.  

Then have them think about what can be done to help and what groups there are in their area that can help.  

Have the group come together at the end to share the different thoughts they have.

Debrief:

  • Why do you think that kind of poverty exists where we live? 
  • What do you think could be done to help the situation? 
Collection Challenge
ACT points
Age Group:   7+ Amount of people:  3+

Time:   2 – 4 weeks

Objective:

To do something to help people in poverty in their community with what the current needs are. 

Material:

Boxes/containers to collect things in, paper, markers

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Instructions:

Have participants choose a local charity such as a foodbank, women’s shelter or homeless aid. If there are no such charities in their area, they could set up a space in their meeting hall or town centre where people in need can access what they’ve collected. 

Once they’ve chosen a group, get in contact to find out what materials the charity needs or see what the community is in need of which you can help with.  

Choose places in their area where people gather and set up collection points, these could be in your meeting place, schools, markets, anywhere that has a lot of people. 

Have participants create posters or social media posts to encourage people to make donations at one of their collection points.  

Combine everything and donate it to their chosen charity. 

Raise awareness of the charity after they complete their collection challenge, encourage people to make donations whenever they can, not just during the event.

Note for Leaders: Please enquire with local Authorities on how best to assist and follow the laws, policies and procedures necessary to fulfil this challenge.  

ACT! For your community
ACT points
Age Group:   11+ Amount of people:  3+

Time:   2 – 4 weeks

Objective:

To help people in poverty in their community.

Material:

n/a

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Instructions:

In groups, have participants research local charities and organisations and choose one to work with. If not possible, participants could create their own initiative. 

Participants should create their own action to support that charity/idea, some suggestions are:  

  • A soup run or helping serve in a soup kitchen
  • Holding a clothes collection for a homeless charity
  • Collecting sanitary products for a women’s refuge
  • Run a workshop to teach useful skills based on their charity or own idea
  • Raise awareness of the current situation locally and worldwide

Encourage participants to take all the necessary steps in planning their action, including: 

  • Contacting the charity/group their idea is aimed to help
  • Developing their idea and coming up with the necessary steps to achieve their goal 
  • Create a plan for how to continue their work after the event  
  • Making their own schedule etc.
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