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The Language of Poverty Relief

Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

21 February 2018

Post No. 27


There are 3 contents:

1/ Light Appeal Update

2/ Integration between the Digital and Social Media campaign and the Local Year Campaign: My Local People

3/ News about the next issue of FACS, the 59th Issue


• Light Appeal Update

The two appeals (i.e. DRC and CARRA appeals) that we have launched so far are trending well.  We had some good responses and wonderful comments about them.  Some of you have suggested to insert a fundraising element into our appeals, which we did.

The appeals are still live and those who wish to support or donate are welcome to do so.  In meantime, we can only say thank you for all your support. 

This is just a remainder.  Light appeals and projects are firstly not about asking for funding.  The philosophy of these projects is to do something different from the classic fundraising campaigns that characterize some humanitarian actions.  If you do not have money to donate, you can still do something to reduce poverty, change and save lives.  How?

There are little things one can do to boost these appeals, which are: responding to our petition, filling our questionnaire, sending a podcast, writing a tweet or responding to a tweet, talking to someone you know to influence peace and hope on the grounds, networking to bring lasting peace, making a video to galvanize attention about what is happening there etc. 

It is about doing something new against poverty and hardships.  As said in our previous communications about these appeals, these little things one can do can have a BIG impact on the lives of the Innocent Victims of Armed Conflicts and Natural Disasters.

So, there is a way of making sustainable peace and hope to happen without donating.  However, if you donate CENFACS will welcome your giving and thank you for your financial support.

To Light a Blaze of Hope for the Conflict Victims in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of  Congo, contact CENFACS. 


• Integration between the Digital and Social Media Campaign and the Local Year Campaign through the theme of My Local People

As part of the above mentioned two campaigns, this week we are trying to find out who are our local people for poverty relief and development.  We all have and need local people to support us to help reduce poverty and possibly to enhance sustainable development. 

CENFACS knows who its local people are.  And two weeks ago, we defined and identified the Local People of CENFACS.  Now as part of localisation of sustainable development goals and the above campaigns, we are asking you to support us by identifying your local people.

Your local people could be: the people who have local responsibility; who provide local services; who deal with local security where you live; who cater for local healthcare; who speak on your behalf on local matters; who protect and care for the local environment where you live, who let you read for free and use the computer for free in your local library etc.  These are your Local People.

Why we are doing it?  It is important in the process of localisation to know who are our locals should we need help for poverty relief.  If we don’t know, we can do some searches about them using the digital facilities and social media platforms.  This is the point at which we start to talk about integrating our Digital and Social Media Campaign and the Local Year campaign.  If you have a mobile phone for example, you can search them and get in touch if you require relief or want to find out what is happening locally and in the local things linked to them.

Besides this integration activity, our link between African Children Climate and Sustainable Development Goals (ACCSDGs) and the Local Year Campaign continues.  At the moment, we are exploring steps and activities to making 2018 as the Year of Local Children  while continuing building on advocacy for a better local impact as planned.

To support or to get further details about our integration and link activities, please contact CENFACS


• Abstract about the next issue of FACS, the 59th Issue

Please find below, the abstract about the 59th Issue of FACS which will be entitled: 

THE LANGUAGE OF POVERTY RELIEF – In search for key poverty relief words

There is always a controversial debate that the way languages are written and spoken or simply words are used can be sometimes a vehicle to convey the meaning or message of poverty or wealth or both.   The same is said for images of development that can send a message of development or underdevelopment, of destitution or affluence.    This is to an extent that some argue that it is possible to write and or speak the appropriate language in order to conduct the business of poverty relief and development. 

This problem of the way we write and speak makes the 59th Issue of FACS, CENFACS ‘bilingual newsletter.  The central question this issue will address is whether or not the use of language or words can reinforce or reduce poverty, our perception or behaviour or attitude on the poor people.

The issue will look at how languages used whether oral or written can (or cannot) adversely impact poverty and poor people.  In other words, using appropriate languages and or words can motivate, discourage and stimulate people’s minds to do better or worse for their development prospects.

The language of poverty relief is also when we use qualitative data or words which can also help reduce poverty if expressed in a way of motivating people to do something about poor condition sand the poor.

The issue will deal with the following matters:

  • How maternal language can be a first step for reducing poverty
  • Grammarians of previous centuries and their legacies in terms of poverty relief
  • The language programmes in educational systems and poverty reduction
  • Modern foreign languages and poverty relief
  • Qualitative data and poverty relief
  • How we can use English language to reduce poverty: Example of translation service at CENFACS to integrate those who have language barriers into the mainstream of the UK society and local lives
  • Words that help end poverty
  • E-learning, literacy apps and tablets for children’s language in a global learning environment
  • A language project for poverty relief
  • African languages as the languages of poverty relief
  • Language and gender poverty
  • Languages as a vehicle or tool to fight poverty and harships
  • Computerized and digital languages for poverty relief in Africa

So, the above are the key areas making the contents of the 59th Issue of FACS.

For further details about this issue, contact CENFACS


Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support in 2018.

With many thanks


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