Target: John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Goal: Save hundreds of thousands of young children living below the poverty line across the country.
Around 300,000 children in New Zealand now live below the poverty line, an increase of 45,000 from the previous year. This number, which represents a third of all New Zealand children, is unacceptably high, and these children must receive immediate assistance.
United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) defines child poverty in the country as children living in a home that earns less than approximately $20,000 USD. According to Hirini Kaa, a pastor and activist working with Child Poverty Action Group, “the level of inter-generational, ingrained child poverty has reached a point that it is challenging the idea New Zealand has of itself as an egalitarian nation.”
Children living in poverty face extraordinarily difficult lives. These children struggle to acquire basic necessities such as food and medicine and are far more susceptible to diseases such as rheumatic fever and other respiratory illnesses. These children will continue to struggle if the government does not address this growing problem. Sign the petition below and demand that immediate action be taken to save these impoverished children.
Dear Prime Minister Key,
I am writing to call your attention to the issue of child poverty in New Zealand. According to recent reports, approximately 300,000 children live below the poverty line. This number is equivalent to a third of all children in New Zealand and represents an increase of 45,000 from the previous year.
Children living in poverty struggle on a daily basis. Rather than focusing on school, friends, and extracurricular activities, these innocent victims devote their time to simply staying alive. They also face a greater risk of contracting various diseases, and this problem will only get worse as the numbers continue to climb. I urge you to immediately address this crisis.
[Your Name Here]
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