“Poverty leads to the degradation of many countries,” said Lazau Bolowa, a refugee from Congo and the organizer of the local observance of the holiday. “The UN is focusing on the eradication of poverty by the year 2015 and our observance of the holiday in Las Vegas is designed to get the message out about refugees and the poverty situation here. We are seeking the support of the community and we want to show that business and spiritual leaders are willing to speak out about poverty.”
On December 2nd 1992 the United Nation’s General Assembly officially adopted a resolution which acknowledged the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The resolution invites all States to discuss and promote concrete activities that will eradicate poverty and destitution. October 17 is also meant to be an opportunity for the impoverished themselves to have their concerns heard, as their participation in the event has been pivotal from the very beginning.
Balowa, who is also the Nevada Refugee Delegate and the founder of the African Rights Activist Group said that he envisions the creation of a cultural action center in Southern Nevada that will increase the visibility of refugees and poverty issues.
“Many people are unaware of the refugee situation in NV,” he said. “We are inviting community leaders to join those who have participated in this event in the past. As a member of the Refugee Congress, I am also seeking Nevadans who can donate buildings to house a cultural action center.”
The Southern Nevada Chapter of the Red Cross, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas are among the organizations who have participated in past observances of the holiday.
Angel Blessings Spa will be offering tables to vendors for several days prior to the event. All proceeds will go to Nevada refugees to establish a cultural action center.
For more information about Las Vegas’ observance of the United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty please call Lazau Bolowa at (702) 752-8809.