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									Monday 17th October 2011, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Keywords: World Poverty Day/ Development/ Disability/ NGO/ Europe/ Youth

Light for the World Press Release on the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty,

End Poverty = Start Inclusion! New European Awareness Raising project

Meet Levy, 14 years old, from the village of Kegulu in South Sudan. Back in 2004, he was
playing football with his friends when a landmine exploded and he lost his leg. Thanks to the
support of his mum, his 3 brothers and sisters and his community, today he goes to school,
works hard on his favourite subjects, Maths and English, and is amongst the best of his
class. He still plays football with his crutches during break times.

One billion people worldwide live with some form of disability. Having the chance to attend
school, Levy is one of the lucky ones. In developing countries people with disabilities
represent 18% of the population, and disability often rhymes with greater poverty,
discrimination and reduced access to education, employment and healthcare. On World
Poverty Day especially, it’s important to remember the increased vulnerability of people with
disabilities in the face of poverty and the daily challenges they face to participate fully in
society. All over the world, the biggest obstacles to inclusion are the attitudes of other people
and a system that excludes.

World Poverty Day 2011 sees the launch of the “END EXCLUSION – Let’s Enable the
MDGs” project that sets out to change our attitudes towards disability, and make the word
rhyme with capability, opportunity and positivity. It gives young people the chance to be in
the driving seat of change. By participating in the campaign they can stand up for justice and
inclusion through activities such as film competitions, sport tournaments and music events.
The project also helps professionals from various backgrounds (politicians, development
workers, journalists, teachers, youth leaders, etc.) understand more about the issue of
disability and development and stay abreast of changes in the field. Whatever your age,
occupation or country, you can voice the message that the inclusion of people with
disabilities is crucial for the just and effective eradication of poverty.

“END EXCLUSION- Let’s Enable the MDGs” is a three year project funded by the European
Union (716.247,00 EUR), with activities taking place in Austria, Czech Republic, the
Netherlands and Slovakia. It is led by Licht für die Welt (Austria) in partnership with Light for
the World Netherlands, The Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (Netherlands),
SVĚTLO PRO SVĚT (Czech Republic), and eRko (Slovakia).

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Pictures to download:

Picture 1: Levy doing his homework

Picture 2: Levy sitting with friends in front of his school

Picture 3: End Exclusion logo

Picture 4: European Union logo


Jess Blijkers

Project coordinator, Light for the World

Tel.: +43/1/810 13 00 – 33


                            This Project is funded by the European Union. The content of this
                            press release is the sole responsibility of Light for the World and
                            can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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