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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Because children are starving

My Youth Group 30 Hour Famine page.

Please consider donating money to this cause, the organization takes very little for overhead and strives to simply give people who have very little a better life.

Our group will go 30 hours without eating while working on improving the lives of others and understanding aspects of other lives beyond our own. We will be collecting money to benefit others and giving our own money as well. There are links on the site that will give you information about the organization.

Who is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God's unconditional love for all poeple.

World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Global Hunger & Poverty

  • Each day, over 26,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable diseases such as malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory infections. Malnutrition is associated with over half of those deaths.
  • More than 840 million people in the world don't get enough to eat. That's one of every seven people on the planet.
  • 143 million children under age 5 in the developing world are underweight because of poor nutrition. That's about one in three children in developing countries.
  • In the last 50 years, 400 million people worldwide have died from hunger and poor sanitation. That'sthree times the number of people killed in all wars fought in the entire 20th century.
  • Moderately underweight children are more than four times more likely to die from infectious disease than are well-nourished children. And under-nutrition contributes to 53 percent of deaths among children under 5 globally.
  • Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.
  • Of the 6.6 billion people in today's world, 2.1 billion live on less than $2 per day.

Domestic Hunger & Poverty

  • 35.5 million people - including 12.6 million children - live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents more than one in ten households in the United States (10.9 percent).
  • 4.0 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 11.1 million people, including 430 thousand children, live in these homes.
  • 6.9 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger. Members of these households have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. 24.4 million people - including 12.2 million children - live in these homes.
  • Preschool and school-aged children who experience severe hunger have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety and depression, and behavior problems than children with no hunger, according to a recent study.

(Sources: Bread for the World, Hunger Basics, 2008; World Bank World Development Report, 2008; UNICEF, 2008)

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