Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm starving...

How many times have you said or heard that phrase? Simple enough statement but not so simple for the many children and people worldwide who know not how, or when, or where their next meal will come from.

With the drastic downturn in the economy and the consequential soar in food prices, coupled with wars, droughts and unfavourable natural conditions, the health and lives of MILLIONS of children are threatened on a daily basis.

Although many people may associate starving children with Ethiopia, it is most definitely a worldwide epidemic...and within the very borders of the prosperous United States, where people throw away food without reservation every single day, there are many children starving...to death.

So the next time you ask your child if he/she is hungry, and they respond "I'm starving", think twice about the power and reality of those words.

Indifference is not an option. Let's join in making hunger and poverty history.

*For more facts, please visit the following sites:

http://www.one.org/

http://www.unicef.org/

http://www.feedthechildren.org/


















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4 comments:

vchelle said...

Often, I use those words so freely and really haven't taken the time to focus on what I was saying until now. Am I really starving? The answer is no - not even a little bit. I'm sure those children and others who are starving can't even say the words. You can see it in their eyes and you can physically see it. I am humbled and reminded of how blessed my family is and I look forward to the opportunity of helping someone else in need. Thanks for helping me to stop and listen to the world's hunger.

Christina said...

A few weeks ago my family and I spoke about this very thing. A man cam into the restaurant and said- " can the chef hurry it up tonight, I'm starving." I chuckled to myself and thought, nope you're not starving, your ordering a $65.00 steak, plus sides.

It was for good convo with the kids, to be a bit more conscious of the words.

Elizabeth said...

it makes me wonder if I ever do say that without thinking. no doubt. thanks for the reminder to be more conscious!

Anonymous said...

I don’t ever want my little one to starve. I will make sacrifices for him as would any one ..