Young campaigner makes trip to Brussels as part of Make Poverty History visit

Borehamwood Times: Peris Thuo, of Theobald Street, was hosted by Hertfordshire MEP Richard Howitt to plan how Europe can help to eliminate extreme poverty. Peris Thuo, of Theobald Street, was hosted by Hertfordshire MEP Richard Howitt to plan how Europe can help to eliminate extreme poverty.

A young campaigner visited the European Parliament in Brussels this week as part of her work for an international development charity.

ONE campaign youth ambassador Peris Thuo, of Theobald Street, was hosted by Hertfordshire MEP Richard Howitt to plan how Europe can help to eliminate extreme poverty in Africa by 2030.

The ONE campaign played a crucial role in the 'Make Poverty History' campaign, in which Europe and the world's richest countries agreed to fund the fight against poverty and disease in Africa.

Mr Howitt signed the charity's newest "pledge" at the recent European Elections, to further the fight against world poverty on the next five years.

Peris Thuo, 24, was appointed as one of 150 Youth Ambassadors for the charity from six European countries.

Originally from Kenya, she has worked and volunteered abroad, including climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for schools in Tanzania.

She said: "It was really nice to meet all the ambassadors, along with the ministers and MEPs, and get the chance to understand how the European Union works. We also held a march between the European Parliament and the Commission, with boards and messages to lobby for our campaign which went really well.

"It was such a pleasure to meet Richard Howitt, and I am pleased he wants to help to make sure that African people themselves are involved in the changes that are badly needed.”

Mr Howitt said: "It is fantastic that Peris is joining other young people from throughout Europe to show that British people do care about Europe and the rest of the world.

"I am proud that Europe is the world's biggest aid donor, and will play my part to ensure this money is spent wisely to combat poverty and save lives. I was happy to make a promise myself by campaigning for the ONE campaign's 'pledge,' and am delighted Peris has joined me at the start of the new parliamentary term to make sure Europe honours its promises to the rest of the world."

Miss Thuo will now continue her work with the campaign by lobbying other MEP's to sign the ONE pledge.

She said: "We still have a lot of work to do, but we all agree that what goes on in Africa can actually affect all of us and so it's really important to continue lobbying."

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8:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Unsullied says...

UK overseas aid budget of £8bn + a year is already to high.

Here is where some of our money goes.


Where the money goes:

Department for Culture Media and Sport

Program to make PE lessons more “meaningful and exciting” in 20 countries including Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey, following London 2012 Olympics.

Cost: £8.35m over four years


Department of Energy and Climate Change

Program to reduce “greenhouse gas emissions from cattle ranching” in Colombia.

Cost: £15m over four years


Department of Energy and Climate Change

Renewable energy and low-carbon transport projects in Chile, India, Nigeria and Turkey.

Cost: £75m.


Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Britain contributes to Europeaid, the EU’s aid program. Projects including equipping border guards in Belarus, a dictatorship, and funding a waterpark in Morocco.

Cost: £1bn a year


Department for International Development

Yegna, a girlband dubbed the Ethiopian ‘Spice Girls’, is intended to empower teenage girls through song.

Cost: £3.8m a year.


Department for International Development

Trademark Southern Africa, intended to boost commerce, was swiftly shut down by Mrs Greening after watchdog found officials earning more than £100,000 and cash being administered by Zimbabwean regime.

Cost: £100m.
UK overseas aid budget of £8bn + a year is already to high. Here is where some of our money goes. Where the money goes: Department for Culture Media and Sport Program to make PE lessons more “meaningful and exciting” in 20 countries including Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey, following London 2012 Olympics. Cost: £8.35m over four years Department of Energy and Climate Change Program to reduce “greenhouse gas emissions from cattle ranching” in Colombia. Cost: £15m over four years Department of Energy and Climate Change Renewable energy and low-carbon transport projects in Chile, India, Nigeria and Turkey. Cost: £75m. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Britain contributes to Europeaid, the EU’s aid program. Projects including equipping border guards in Belarus, a dictatorship, and funding a waterpark in Morocco. Cost: £1bn a year Department for International Development Yegna, a girlband dubbed the Ethiopian ‘Spice Girls’, is intended to empower teenage girls through song. Cost: £3.8m a year. Department for International Development Trademark Southern Africa, intended to boost commerce, was swiftly shut down by Mrs Greening after watchdog found officials earning more than £100,000 and cash being administered by Zimbabwean regime. Cost: £100m. Unsullied
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9:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

DanNE29 says...

In the spirit of decent English, can you please repost your response to this article into a paragraph format, as it reads like a bar code at the moment, and distracts from the points you're trying to make a bit. I'm also interested in the facts you've offered on this topic, so would appreciate it if you could reference their source for further reading. Thanks.
In the spirit of decent English, can you please repost your response to this article into a paragraph format, as it reads like a bar code at the moment, and distracts from the points you're trying to make a bit. I'm also interested in the facts you've offered on this topic, so would appreciate it if you could reference their source for further reading. Thanks. DanNE29
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6:32am Fri 27 Jun 14

Billy_Boy says...

If the EU really wants to aid Africa, it should lower its trade tariffs for small/ medium exporters in that continent, that's the solution. Of course, if the UK was out of the EU we could do this for ourselves!
If the EU really wants to aid Africa, it should lower its trade tariffs for small/ medium exporters in that continent, that's the solution. Of course, if the UK was out of the EU we could do this for ourselves! Billy_Boy
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