What is social justice?

Social justice, put really simply, is when we live peacefully and equally with others. It is when we can all enjoy the same rights, privileges and opportunities.

What can we do to encourage social justice?  We can find ways to provide opportunities for others that they otherwise wouldn’t have. For example:  Feeding someone who would otherwise starve, offering work to a disabled person who would otherwise not be given a go, educating a child from a village or sub-culture who would otherwise never go to school, even teaching children their rights to help prevent abuse.

We can also work to remove barriers such as gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. Removing barriers and providing opportunities is exactly what many Global Development projects do.

J862N New Faith Family Development Project in the Philippines has a multi-faceted program that attacks the issue of social justice from various angles.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating force in 2013, leaving thousands hungry and homeless. J862N continues to feed those who are still unable to provide for their families. The project also helps reconstruct homes, provide medical attention, resources for the disabled, and education to those affected. The project also runs a children’s centre that seeks to reunite children with their families and find adoptive homes for those who have been orphaned.

Apart from helping restore and rebuild the lives of communities, ‘New Faith’ staff train emergency response teams in different areas, proactively preparing communities in the face of natural disasters such as typhoons.

If you would like to find out about other Global Development Group projects that target different social justice issues please contact our office.

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