A think piece on speaking out for the marginalised by Ronji Tanielu, Policy Analyst for the Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.
The Salvation Army does not have exclusive rights on speaking out on behalf of vulnerable and marginalised people in our nation. But we do try to ‘speak’ out as much as possible. In all honesty, our ‘speaking out’ is based on many things.
Firstly, it is based on our long history in working with marginalised families and communities around the globe. Secondly, it is based on the rich and unique Christian heritage and Biblical foundation that underpins all of our work.
Finally, it is based on our commitment to whatever community we are working in. For example, in 2014, The Salvation Army supplied 55,245 food parcels to 28,100 families across New Zealand. It is vital that any ‘speaking out’ we do is informed by our history, our heritage, the social needs in our nation, our own staff and programmes, and other evidence-based and best practice approaches.