WORLD HUNGER DAY: A day to think about grumbling tummies

World hunger day is a day set aside every year to acknowledge the staggering amounts of impoverished people around the world.

Despite the strides that different countries around the world have made to improve the quality of life of  their people, poverty is an issue that has world leaders by the balls. It is certainly not the kind of situation that has a simple solution nor is it the kind of problem that can be solved by people fasting on this day (I do wonder why someone would do that, it certainly will not put food in someone else’s stomach); however let me not be misunderstood her, acknowledgement and awareness is good, its great, it gets people talking but unfortunately talking sometimes carries with it no substance.

STOP HUNGER NOW: 30 000 food parcels boxed and ready for delivary.  Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena

STOP HUNGER NOW: 30 000 food parcels boxed and ready for delivary.
Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena

Although its not something that can easily be solved, it can be. Governments are riddled with dirty, greedy hands  that take and leave virtually nothing for the people. This is our reality, no matter where we are in the world and poverty is a product of the self-indulgent leaders we have allowed to lead us. Many are good and have made great efforts to afford their people better lives and others, well they just do not try hard enough.

UNITY: Wities came in their numbers to support the cause. Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena

UNITY: Wities came in their numbers to support the cause.
Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena

This is why I find peace in the fact that  the fate of the world is not in the hands of our leaders but rather in our own hands. Many groups and formalorganisations from all over the world are making active efforts to contribute to the end of this widespread hunger and in many instances it may seem insignificant but one food parcel given to a family that would have otherwise gone hungry or a plate of food given to a couple hundred children at a school once a day does make a difference. It means one less person goes to bed without nourishment.

Last year I volunteered to pack food parcels for hungry students. It might have been a minimal contribution but I was proud of myself because I made the decision to be proactive and not to wait for the powers that be to do something. Unfortunately this year I was not proactive and of course it is with shame that I have to admit that but it has not taken away my desire to improve the lives of people which I know I will dedicate a lot more time to doing in the no-so-distant future, we all should.

SOCIAL JUSTICE: The goal was to pack 30 000 food parcels and it was met. It was wonderful to work with Witsies who shared the same desire to better the lives of less fortunate students. Photo: Tshegofatso Monare

SOCIAL JUSTICE: The goal was to pack 30 000 food parcels and it was met. It was wonderful to work with Witsies who shared the same desire to better the lives of less fortunate students.
Photo: Tshegofatso Monare

 

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