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IN People ON 18 Jun, 2015
Everyday seems to be the same. I am starving and I go hungry to bed everyday. I wake up and I feel empty. I search all day but I find no food. My stomach is growling a lot. I am afraid, “Will I be able to fulfill myself again?” All what I want to have is food, and what I just have is Hope. I am weighing under 20 pounds (= 9.07185 kg). Neither of us could even stand up and walk now. We are in a state of jeopardy. It’s a silent scream. A scream which we can never hear about. I am still licking mine fingers..! Isn’t this not the biggest sin?
Every 10 seconds, a child dies due to hunger. Every 10 seconds, a mother loses her child. Every 10 seconds, we do nothing to stop them. Food that’s all they need. We can’t feed hundreds of hungry. Just feed one. Shocking that came true to know about that few hungry people are having their own poop. Can you eat your own poop? Eh..! We can’t. But these hungry poor did. We do undergo fasting, usually a single day or several days. But can we fast for at least few months? Neither of us. But these hungry people are fasting since their childhood. Imagine what if this was you? Imagine yourself being homeless, starving since last few months and eating the waste food piled into garbage or thrown on roads, I am sure every one of us will grab it happily thanking God. In India, 3,000 children die everyday, despite economic growth. They don’t have food to eat. They are also human beings. They are as little as a leaf. Their hands needed to be hold. A hope to live.
Everywhere we can access internet today but, no food. Let’s better connect with the hungry people world rather than just connecting on social media. Food we eat is God’s blessings. And blessings are never dumped. Rather than share these blessings with one who don’t have. People are suffering from hunger and we are getting habitual to waste and dump our food. If I sleep hungry a day, all I could dream is of food. And so all we do? So let’s promise for a better change, for a better world. It starts with us. It starts with you and me. Next time, when you have your meal STOP WASTING FOOD – Think.Eat.Save.Feed.
Picture Courtesy : Mike Wells
According to The Hunger Project, some shocking facts you should know about world hunger: 1. Hunger kills more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. 2. Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases. 3. 60% of world's hungry people are women. 4. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing countries, with 23 million in Africa alone. The present and future of the world is dying due to hunger. So, it's high time. Let's make good happen. Here are the best ways we can make that happen.
What if the food wheels/vans cross your street once a day to pick up the food you have in access to feed the hungry. Take a step forward and initiate this idea. Locally and economically this is the best way to start with. No one should die of hunger.
Food For All is a non-profit organisation founded by volunteers from food industry. Shoppers donate $1, $3 or $5 at the checkout of their neighborhood grocery store that will go to a local charity. What are you waiting for? Visit the nearby grocery store, shop and donate heartily.
Many organisations are helping in poor countries to gain access to credit. These credit loans gets repaid and have created many industries, such as farms, also developing those nations economically.
Many places in your locality provide food for free (like Gurudwara) or food at a concessional rate. Let's join hands with them, after all Food Banks also love raising funds.
Education is the best weapon against poverty and hunger. As per latest analysis of 2013 federal data, a majority of U.S. public school students are poor and the federal programs provide them free and reduced lunch prices. Isn't that amazing to know that poor people send their children to school for the free midday lunch in developing countries?
Hungry people would not wish to beg but have no other option. Many families dealing with hunger and poverty need help transitioning into a state of self-dependence. 15 Feeds Family provides them with free food and slowly find solutions to empower them to be self-sufficient as it allows for a certain food income, when relying on donations does not guarantee food.
Voluntary funding by employees and the employer by setting up a separate fund account in a company can make up to raise the funds and resolve the world hunger. But make sure that your funds are approved and legal. You don't want to end up in jail for trying to end world hunger!
There are many non-profit organisations that are helping feed the world hunger. Joining hands with them will be a great start. Few of the best known are Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, Borgen Project, Feeding America, Food Bank for New York City, Action Against Hunger, Meals On Wheels, The Hunger Project etc.
We all love having food and most of us like me are foodies! But still we end our meal with wasting some stuff food and dumping it into the dustbin. Imagine the people who are starving for food and donating them the food that we don't need. Remember, Sharing is Caring.
Hungry people aren't vampires they can't eat animals or human flesh. They need food. And ultimately what matters is self-satisfaction and joy of sharing with what you have. Play your part, there is a lot we can do. "The world is starving And so are we, Many for the food, And many for owns greed, Where are we?"