Twelve-year-old Lauretta was forced to drop out of school to watch her younger brother while her mother forages for food to feed the family. Lauretta wants to become a school teacher. “I miss school very much,” she said. “I want to go and learn so I can help my mom in the future more.”
Read more about how the escalating food crisis in Niger is impacting children like Lauretta.
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What is hunger to you? I will tell you, hunger is not only in third world countries — Africa, as some may say. Hunger Hits Home, right there in your community. People have to decide which bill they are not paying in order for them to buy food. But, you can make a difference by spreading the word, donating money, volunteering at a local food bank, raising funds to support those struggling in your community! Become an official ‘Hunger Fighter’ with the Revolution Hunger campaign! We are a group of teens tackling hunger in our communities which is making a global impact — we aspire to decrease the amount of hungry folks!
A Spectrum Of Understanding
Amongst my peers there are varying levels of understanding of the hunger issue. The spectrum ranges from people who are not quite sure where hunger exists, to people who have a thorough understanding of the issue. When asked if they had any ideas on how to fight hunger, most had a few. Such as not waisting food and working in food banks, both wonderful and effective ideas. I wanted them to expand their thinking. As I continued talking to them I attempted to have them look at the issue of malnutrition from a different perspective. Many when asked where is hunger? Listed far away places like, Africa and Southern Asia, and while hunger does exist there very few acknowledged the people that are hungry in our very own county, state even. When I reminded them of what they said earlier about volunteering at food shelves and programs like food stamps. It then dawned on many of them that this is not just global problem but one that many of us come in contact with more often then we think.
So far no one has been able to solve the multivariable equation that is hunger. There are thousands of hunger relief organizations and programs. Most of us are familiar with food shelves and soup kitchens, both of wich provide temporary salvation for many. I wanted the people I was talking to to think beyond that, and to understand that them as an individual can make a huge impact doing what you love. We need to become innovators, if you are passionate about engineering use those skills to aide in the hunger fight. Most of them haven’t thought about it like that and began telling how they could infuse the hunger fight into their future career choice. They all had great ideas, and I believe many of them will pass on this way of thinking.