This overnight program brings youth together to learn about the role they can play in eradicating hunger and poverty in the world. As the group takes part in the spiritual practice of fasting during the event, they will explore questions of faith, hunger, hope, and justice together. The program is divided into four sessions, with three activities in each session. Leaders can tailor the program to their group by choosing activities from each session. Each activity is followed by an intentional time for reflection for youth to hear from each other and to read letters from young leaders across the United States.
It’s not just the quantity of education that matters, it’s the quality. It’s hard to measure learning in a way that’s comparable across countries, but the new World Development Report draws on new studies which attempt to do just that. The recently updated “Global Data Set on Education Quality” suggests that more than 60 percent of primary school children in low- and middle- income countries fail to achieve minimum proficiency in mathematics and reading. By comparison, in high-income countries nearly all children reach this level in primary school. Read More .
Food aid (when not for emergency relief) can actually be very destructive on the economy of the recipient nation and contribute to more hunger and poverty in the long term. Free, subsidized, or cheap food, below market prices undercuts local farmers, who cannot compete and are driven out of jobs and into poverty, further slanting the market share of the larger producers such as those from the US and Europe. Many poor nations are dependent on farming, and so such food aid amounts to food dumping. In the past few decades, more powerful nations have used this as a foreign policy tool for dominance rather than for real aid.