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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Mother's Day/World Hunger

As Mother's Day is quickly aproaching many of us have been stressing about what to give our dear mums on their special day. We all want to give back to the women who have done so much for us throughout the years. While this is all wonderful, many young mother's and their children are dying of hunger all over the world. Hunger is not new and it is never going away completely, but it is preventative. Many of us--myself greatly included--over indulge ourselves. We eat far more than is needed to keep our bodies working. And we waste. Oh, how much food we waste... But I'm not here to lament to you my own downfallings or to persecute you for yours I'm here to remind us both that we can help in many ways.

We can help by donating to our local food bank.
We can help by playing games like freerice.com, something that is free but donates tons of rice to people around the world. All it takes is a little of our time.
Those of you with blogs can help spread the word joining the program, Bloggers Against Hunger. (link below)
We can pray, for those who have far less than we do.

I'm going to share with you some info from the World Food Programme Website:

"A child’s future starts with its mother. When pregnant or new mothers don’t receive proper nutrition, neither do their children, and up to 17 million children are born underweight each year.

The prevention of maternal and child undernutrition is a long-term investment that will benefit the present as well as future generations.

This Mother’s Day, choose your card wisely. By sending a special WFP eCard you can honor a mother in your life - and save a life at the same time: wfp.org/women"

The Facts:

1. Children in developing countries who are born weighing less than 2,500 grams are 20 times more likely to die in infancy than heavier babies. (Source UNICEF)

2. Around 50% of pregnant women in developing countries are anaemic. Lack of iron increases the risk of death of the mother at delivery, accounting for at least 20% of maternal mortality.

3. In most developing countries women produce between 60 and 80% of the food, but they own less than 2% of the world’s titled land.


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