Wednesday, April 29, 2009

World Hunger Day

When you see a map of current swine flu victims, it’s an instant reminder of how one person somewhere distant can affect thousands around the world – for good or for ill. Today, April 29, is World Hunger Day.

A group called Bloggers Unite has asked bloggers to post a reminder to readers about the number of people around the world who do not have enough to eat. Here are some statistics:

Right now, more than 500 million people are living in "absolute poverty" and more than 15 million children die of hunger every year.

• The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the population is underfed and another third is starving.

• Even in the United States, 46 percent of African-American children and 49 percent of Latino children are considered chronically hungry.

Organizations like Heifer International are the solution. Every day, Heifer International lifts people out of poverty by providing communities with livestock and agricultural training to improve lives and inspire hope. What can you do?

If you Google World Hunger Day, you’ll find several other sites that are devoted to lessening hunger in the world, opportunities to have a positive effect on an individual, a family, or a community here in America or in a distant place.