On the 17th October, 2018 JCI St. Vincent in collaboration with Digicel hosted an International day for the Eradication of Poverty project launch to bring about awareness of the purpose of the day as well as to execute a project under its name. The project seeks to rally behind the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and it is the first goal which aims is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. With the project, the organization wishes to provide assistance to two families by covering the cost of meals and transportation for their children for a year. The organization will also seek help from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Richmond Vale Academy to provide seedlings and training on farming so that the families will be able to grow their own produce to feed themselves and to even gain an income. Staying committed to our vision the committee hopes to provide development opportunities for these parents. We intend to seek assistance through the Adult Education Unit to find suitable training to help improve their employability.
The acronym JCI stands for Junior Chamber International formerly known as Jaycees. It is a non-profit, international non-governmental organization of young people between the ages of eighteen (18) and forty (40) years. It has over one hundred and seventy thousand (170,000) members in about one hundred and twenty-four (124) countries.
Founded on the 13th of October, 1915 by Henry Giessenbier Jr, JCI has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic & social council of the United Nations and with UNESCO. It encourages young people to become active citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, international cooperation, good-will and understanding. JCI is closely linked with the United Nations and projects executed reflect the global goals for sustainable development. The 17th October is earmarked worldwide to highlight the first out of seventeen (17) global goals which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
The 2018 year under the theme: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity, marks a number of anniversaries created by this movement. In particular, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations. Joseph Wresinski was one of the first persons to highlight a direct link between human rights and extreme poverty and his profound observations were that whenever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty aims to ensure that the active participation of people living in poverty is suppressed in all forms. It also seeks to nurture and build an inclusive world where all persons living in poverty can enjoy their full human rights and lead lives with dignity.
JCI St. Vincent is here to serve mankind as proclaimed in the last tenet of our Creed; Service to humanity is the best work of life. This is just a start and we are hoping that our sponsorship can impact the lives of persons as it aims towards having a brighter future. With this initiative, we will continue to rally as active citizens striving for a better world.
For persons wishing to join or to know more about JCI or JCI St. Vincent follow us on Facebook at jcistvincentsvg, Instagram at jcist.vincent or our website at http://www.jciwi.org/jci-st-vincent.html or jci.cc. Our annual general meetings are held every third Saturdays of each month at 3pm at the JCI Secretariat located in Stoney Ground opposite the Russell’s auditorium.
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