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在這貧富懸殊加劇的世代裡,盼望我們感受神的心腸,同心實行公義,
以整全使命關愛遠近的鄰舍。

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施達基金會總幹事陳念聰醫生

倡議教育組發起人陳念聰醫生分享及呼籲:「香港貧富懸殊的問題很嚴重,有很多赤貧人士,只是我們聽不到他們的聲音。我好希望這個教育工作可以令更多的市民知道現實的情況,了解社會,亦可以替一些沒有能力為自己說話的人反映訴求。要是愈多的市民知道,就愈容易推動社會、政府去作出政策的改變,幫助有需要的人。在教會中推行,是能夠令當中的力量更大,更有影響力,可以推動全個社會一起進行關懷行動,而使政府多關心貧苦大眾。」

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向政府提出扶貧建議
「教會關懷貧窮網絡」致力與政府各部門緊密聯繫,以反映貧窮家庭的需要,協助制定有效的政策,改善貧富懸殊的情況。同時
,希望透過有效的建議及討論,能為前線機構爭取資源,加強服務的質素,及擴展服務地區,令更多家庭受惠。

向教會及基督徒
聯合國把每年10月17日定為世界減貧日,我們邀請各教會把10月份其中一個主日定為減貧主日,一起紀念貧困及有需要人士。我們會製作有關的資料、光碟,在推廣滅貧主日時使用。我們更鼓勵教會為扶貧項目奉獻,作為支持扶貧事工。我們呼籲教會作出「跨代脫貧」關懷行動,開放教會場地予貧窮兒童,鼓勵堂會的弟兄姊妹為兒童提供免費功課輔導、免費社交活動、夥伴同行計劃等。

向前線服務機構
鼓勵結合更多關懷貧窮的前線機構,多作交流及資源共享,與地區教會建立更緊密的伙伴關係。透過前線工作者之經驗分享及意見,制定獻策及教育內容,以直接的渠道將貧窮者的需要向政府、各界及大眾反映出來。

向社會大眾
透過宣傳及活動,鼓勵更多香港人在享受富足生活之餘,能顧念在同一地方生活艱苦的一群,包括:金錢、時間、精神及禱告上。特別設立「兒童關懷基金」,鼓勵貧窮家庭養成儲蓄的習慣,並向各界籌募捐款,支援前線機構扶貧的工作。另外,我們亦希望鼓勵僱主訂立最低工時及工資,令貧窮人士有更多時間與家人相聚。。

 
 

To the Government
The Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor strives to liaise closely with government departments, relate to them poor families' needs so as to help bring about effective policies, and lessen the gap between rich and poor. At the same time, it strives for additional resources for frontline agencies through effective anti-poverty proposals and discussions, to enhance the quality of services and expand the reach of services to benefit more poor families.

To Churches and Christians
Since October 17 is the United Nations World Poverty Day, we are inviting all churches to designate one Sunday in October as an anti-poverty Sunday to remember all those mired in poverty and in need of help. We will produce relevant materials, CD-ROMs for the Anti-Poverty Sunday. We will also encourage churches to make donations in support of the anti-poverty ministry. We will also call on churches to join in campaigns against "Inter-generational Poverty" by opening up their churches to poor children, encouraging church members to offer free tuitions to those children, organising free social events, partnership programmes, etc.

To Frontline Agencies
We will encourage the sharing of views and resources among frontline agencies for the poor, and the development of closer ties between them and churches in their districts. By sharing their views and experiences, frontline workers can let the government and the public know directly the needs of the poor, thereby contributing to the formulation of new policies and educational programmes.

To the Public
Through publicity activities, we will encourage affluent Hong Kong people to remember those who are suffering, by offering money, time, prayers and energy. We have set up the Care for Children Fund to encourage poor families to build up a saving habit. Fund-raising activities will also be launched to seek support for frontline agencies' poverty relief projects. Besides, we also hope to encourage employers to set up the minimum wage and minimum working hours, so poor workers can spend more time with their families.