Friday, April 29, 2011

Realization of world hunger

Question, how do you feel when you see this photo of a child .
Read the last bullet point below

Realization of world hunger is a problem which needs to be a concern for all the people of the world. It is not a problem just for those it directly affects.

As citizens of the United States of America (U.S.A.) we constitute about 6% of the world's population. If the students in this classroom represented the world population then two people (have 2 students stand) would represent the population of the United States. Imagine these two people consuming 40%, or a little under half, of all the resources produced by everyone in the class. For example, these two would eat close to half of all combined lunches of the class.

It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it. And, if not ridiculous, it certainly sounds unfair. Well, it is true! The United States constitutes about 6% of the world's population and consumes about 40% of the world's resources. Resources include fuel, manufacturing materials, fabrics, food, and many other commodities. (Illustrate these facts by drawing pie charts on the board - one for population and one for world resources.)

In the U.S.A. we have so much food that we have millions of people who are trying to eat less, so they can lose weight. Dieting is almost a national obsession and is sometimes a health hazard.

Food is the resource we are most concerned about in our discussion on world hunger. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that of the world's 6-billion-plus people.

  • at least ¾ of a billion people suffer from some form of malnutrition.
  • about 50,000 people die each day as a result of malnutrition.
  • 800 million people know what it is like to go to bed hungry.
  • about 200 million children under the age of 5 are underweight.
  • millions of children die each year from the diseases of poverty: parasites and infectious diseases such as whooping cough, measles, tuberculosis, and malaria, with accompanying diarrhea, which interact with poor nutrition in a vicious cycle.
  • one child dies of these causes every two seconds
  • HERE IS THE BIG ONE...15 children have died in the 30 seconds it took to read these statistics.

The four groups most often suffer the effects of hunger and malnutrition due to high nutrient needs or low tissue reserves are: children, pregnant women, those who are ill, and the elderly.

People in other countries also have an obsession. Their obsession is to have enough food to eat and to maintain life. Many are so poor they do not have the means to buy enough food for their families to stay well and stay alive. Many countries do not have the abundance of food which U.S. citizens have available.

I hope you can help with my journey. Please just think of me May 16-21

And if you want to help a hungry person in a third world country please go to this web site here to donate...

Min donation $1.50 A lot ha.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What is Hunger.

Everyone knows the feeling of hunger as the urge to eat that signals the time for the next meal. But many know hunger as a constant companion because that meal does not follow. Then hunger is ceaseless discomfort, weakness, and pain. The term as used here means a continuous lack of the nutrients necessary to achieve and maintain optimum health, well-being, and protection from disease. People who live with hunger may simply have too little food to eat, or may not choose enough nutritious foods from those available. One form of hunger is a "choice they are forced to make" and the other is a "choice they freely make". To say this, though, is to fail to describe the depth of the experience of living without food. The following excerpt from a writer in India describes hunger in more personal terms:

For hunger is a curious thing: at first it is with you all the time, waking and sleeping and in your dreams, and your belly cries out insistently, and there is a knawing and a pain as if your very vitals were being devoured, and you must stop it at any cost, and you buy a moment's respite even while you know and fear the sequel. Then the pain is no longer sharp but dull, and this too is with you always, so that you think of food many times a day and each time a terrible sickness assails you, and because you know this you try to avoid the thought, but you cannot, it is with you. Then that too is gone, all pain, all desire, only a great emptiness is left, like the sky, like a well in drought, and it is now that the strength drains from your limbs, and you try to rise and you cannot, or to swallow and your throat is powerless, and both the swallow and the effort of retaining the liquid tax you to the uttermost.

When people in the United States go to the grocery store they have a choice of thousands of products including fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products, as well as countless prepared foods. Few nations in the world have these choices. Even people in some supposedly developed countries have limited food choices.

In the book Mig Pilot, John Barron tells of the escape of Viktor Belenko, a Russian pilot, who defects to the United States. At one point his CIA companions take Viktor to a shopping center. This story illustrates that in many modern countries people have limited resources and only the very rich in many other nations can afford the things that United States citizens often take for granted.

In countries known as third world countries, or developing countries, the food situation is much more severe. In countries such as India, several areas of Africa, and parts of South America hundreds of people die of starvation every day.

It is hard for us to imagine situations like the one described in the poem, THE ARITHMETIC OF POVERTY.

So I hope you find this interesting. Hope you can help me out with my cause
Here is a link...

If not please think of me when you eat.
Cheers Peter

Live below the line

Have you ever been hungry. No not to much coffee and your tummy rumbles.Really hungry.Welcome to the world of almost 1 billion kids. On May 16th I am going to live on $1.50, which is what most hungry people in the world live on. See what Iam doing & how to help at this link.

If you can not help out that is great,but I ask one thing. Think next time you eat

Cheers Peter

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Live below the line Global Poverty Project

Thanks for following me on the journey.

From 16 - 20 May I'll be living on $1.50 per day for food 5 days to help raise awareness for issues of extreme poverty in our world.

1.4 BILLION people are forced to live every day on $1.50. Food, drink, health expenses, housing, transportation, education - all living costs must be covered by this amount. It's a feat impossible to imagine - but it's the reality for nearly one quarter of the world's population. I mainly feel the PAIN for KIDS,who don't ask for this,but are trapped in it.

Population U.S. 311,239,062 World 6,914,666,412. "You do the Math"

Your support is important, not just in money but in mind. (and a Hardy meal on day 6 would be nice)

But more importantly . Between these days ,please stop & think...

Every time you open your wallet to buy food,open your mouth to take a bite of food,every time you smell food. Think about not having it,not just not having it, but not being able too have it.

Thanks for stopping & helping.

Just a much as I need your help I need a BUZZ please pass this to others.

Post on your Facebook etc

Cheers Peter

Here is the site to help

Please stop back here to see how I am doing

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Heros Please pick wisely

People.I am sad today. Because there are hundreds maybe thousands of people out there who looked up to the wrong hero.
What does it make of us as people when we look up to someone.When we turn to a hero. Only you can answer that. But I would like people to think before they put some up on the petter stood. What does the person stand for,are they really worth while to be the hero. Will we look back and remember them as a true hero. A person that change our world or just some that was thinking of them self.
Best Regards