Go barefoot to fight poverty

2010-11-29 13:11

South Africans are being asked to briefly step out of their shoes next week to mark International Human Rights Day, the Barefoot Against Poverty Campaign said today.

“On 10 December, let your feet touch the ground for a moment, just be quietly a full human being, feel your own humanity and connect with the humanity of others,” the organisation said.

It said it was not asking money from the public.

“Instead, we have focused on the power of solidarity and consciousness to create change by building a network of people who will learn, share and take action on human rights.

“People can get involved by signing the pledge, taking a barefoot action and uploading their barefoot pictures and videos,” it said.

The campaign said 1.4 billion people worldwide were living in extreme poverty, with insufficient food, water, healthcare or schooling. A billion of them went hungry every day.

“Ending hunger, ending discrimination, access to education and access to health are just some human rights that could help people be free from poverty,” it said.

Find out more about the campaign at www.barefootagainstpoverty.org.

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