Foreward to the Newsletter
At the mention of the concept “being poor”; what are the likely images to come to your mind? What feelings does the concept cause in your heart? It is likely that you may be focusing on the homeless, beggars along the streets and highways, the hungry or even the helpless people still stuck at the trees or roofs as a result of Idai Cyclones. If you have watched on various channels of media about what is happening in Mozambique, partly in Malawi and Zimbabwe; one questions the purpose of the common good. It is therefore important to reflect on activities of man against making the world a better home for all as such experiencing calamities such floods, drought hitting nature as consequences of climate change. Let us also link poverty with the search for money to survive, to become rich or increase buying power. Some people evade paying tax or steal money meant for developing a country. If taxes were well utilized, then countries would provide enough food to its citizens, create employment, build infrastructure and provide good education to its children. Jesuits recently shared a research revealing these shocking statistics:14.7 million Kenyans live in extreme poverty, that’s 29.4% of the national population. If that’s not sufficiently devastating, the World Bank estimates that in fact, it’s closer to 17 million, or 35.1% of the total population.
Those are some of the alarming statistics cited in a report presented at a conference about Stemming out illicit financial flows and enhancing domestic resource mobilisation Nairobi, Kenya on 12 March 2019 on tax justice in the African nations. Tax Justice and Poverty in Kenya forms part of a larger problem of investigation on the correlation between tax and poverty carried out in three countries: Kenya, Zambia, and Germany.
Fr Charles remarked, “Jesuits are not concerned about money; rather about human life, dignity and wellbeing”. How can we live together and share what we have? This is about social justice and equality. Tax justice is a matter of concern for collective responsibility among human beings. It is therefore important to prioritize control of illicit financial flow a poverty reduction strategy.
In addition, we present reports about some of the happenings within the Network that Jesuits from the social centres attended UNEA Assembly, Integral ecology synod meeting and social enterprise workshop of JENA Miller partnership. Ultimately, we bring you a story of hope on Dr. Mireille Twayigira’s on survival and resilience. A refugee who had to flee from conflict, in search of a home and found herself in a refugee camp in Malawi that reversed her entire plight. Mireille received education through Jesuit Refugee Services at Dzaleka camp in Malawi, which led to a scholarship to medical school in China. Now Mireille, who says she was “meant to serve others,” uses her medical degree and her story to help others heal and maintain hope.