As members of an international congregation, we recognize our obligation and opportunities to develop a world vision and a sense of global responsibility. CC & RR 9 exhorts us: "We are members of the prophetic church. While recognizing our own need for conversion, we bear witness to God's holiness and justice. We announce the liberating presence of Jesus Christ and the new born in his resurrection. We will hear and make hear the clamour of the voiceless, which is a cry to God who brings down the mighty from their thrones and exalts the lowly (cf. Lk. 1:52)
Hunger: Some Facts and Figures
There has been enough food to feed the entire global population for nearly half a century.
More than 800 million people live with chronic hunger.
Each day 24,000 people die of hunger.
More than 300 million children suffer from chronic hunger 100 million of them do not attend school 2/3of those not attending school are girls.
Every 5 seconds a child is lost to her family because malnutrition has rendered her too weak to resist disease.
For US$.19 you can buy a meal for a school child.
The financial cost of ending hunger in the world is relatively modest. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) estimates that it would cost just US$13 billion to provide basic nutrition and health for everyone in the world.
In 2005, 201,000 people walked in 266 locations in 91 countries, and by doing so, they raised enough money to feed 70,000 school children for one year!
Food for Thought
I want you to share your bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless poor, remove the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. (Isaiah 58: 6-7)
If your brothers and sisters have & nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them, “Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm and well-fed,” but do not meet their bodily needs, what good is that? (James 2:15-17)
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; sick, and you took care of me; in prison, and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25: 35-36)
Jesus, at the sight of the crowds, was moved with pity. (Mat. 9:36 ) Moved like Jesus with compassion for the crowds, the Church today considers it her duty to ask political leaders and those with economic and financial power to promote development based on respect for the dignity of every man and woman. Message of A link to His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2006 .
What You Can Do
Walk the World on May 21, 2006 . Join the UN World Food Programme (WFP), A link to WFP Caritas Internationalis; The Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission of the UISG/USG; and the Rome Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Promoters to help end child hunger and fulfill the promise of the Millennium Development Goals A link to Millennium Goals to reduce chronic hunger and poverty by one half by 2015.
Pledge to walk on Sunday, May 21, 2006 .
Spread the word —teach others—use your network to broaden support for the MillenniumDevelopment Goals.
Sponsor the Global Walk, a Local Walk, or Walkers. Organizational materials are available at the Walk the World, Download Site A link to Walk the World .
Link your website to the A link to Fight Hunger website .
Encourage your colleagues, students, family, and friends to join the Fight Hunger: Walk the World event.
Invite celebrities, politicians, and other groups to walk on May 21, 2006 or to join the A link to Virtual Walk .
Support farmers in the developing world by purchasing Fair Trade A link to CRS Fair Trade Products .
Participate in letter-writing campaigns, lobbying national leaders to implement the Millennium Development Goals and other related issues.
Become a child hunger activist.
Pray. Organize days of prayer and fasting in solidarity with the 800 million people who go hungry every day.