217 posts categorized "Hunger QOTD"
“As people of faith, our task is to change the conversation and make ending hunger a priority for our elected officials.” - LaVida Davis, director of organizing and grassroots capacity building at Bread for the World.
We are at a turning point in history, when nations are moving toward a collective goal of ending hunger and extreme poverty by 2030. To end hunger by 2030, faithful advocates must build the political will to end it, which means engaging our elected officials.
Throughout the month of August, both Senate and House members are in their districts. Many have public appearances scheduled where constituents have an opportunity to talk with them about hunger and poverty. Bread for the World has a special set of resources to help you reach out to your members of Congress, including a voting record to see how senators and representative have voted on hunger issues.
Learn more here: www.bread.org/indistrict
Grandmothers in Jinja, Uganda. The proportion of undernourished people in the developing world decreased from 23.2 percent in 1990–1992 to 14.9 percent in 2010–2012. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
"Among other success stories, growth and sustainability in Africa are a testament to the fact that targeted foreign assistance works. The sub-Saharan African countries that received the most assistance in the past 10 years have made, on average, twice as much progress in areas like health and literacy as the continent overall.”
-David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, writes about this year’s U.S.-Africa Summit in a Huffington Post piece, “Africa Restores Our Belief That Ending Hunger Is Possible.”
Beckman highlights three pieces of legislation that will maintain progress on ending extreme poverty on the continent of Africa and across the globe. The Corker-Coons bill (S.2421) to reform food aid, the Feed the Future initiative, and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) are all critical pieces of legislation that Congress should pass to redouble our efforts to end hunger around the world.
For additional background from Bread for the World Institute, read: "The Push Up Decade: CADDP" and "A Global Development Agenda: Toward 2015 and Beyond."
In prayer we recognize the insufficiency of our own efforts and our deep need for God. We need God’s help even to be able to believe in God’s power and to hope in God’s strength.
-Br. David Vryhof, Society of Saint John the Evangelist
When it’s hard to pray, try placing yourself before the Lord, just as you are – with open and empty hands, and simply offering your life to God, and then longing and waiting to be filled, perhaps gently repeating “Come, Holy Spirit … Come, Holy Spirit … Breathe on me breath of God.”
Cuando es difícil orar, intente ponerse frente al Señor, tal como es - con las manos abiertas y vacías, y simplemente ofresca su vida a Dios, y luego anhele y espere ser llenado, tal vez repitiendo suavemente "Ven, Espíritu Santo ... Ven, Espíritu Santo ... Respira en mí el aliento de Dios ".
-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Lott Carey Mission School in Brewerville, Liberia where student Catherine Jones, 14, wants to be a pediatrician. In many countries, gender inequality persists and and women continue to face discrimination in access to education. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
“We are stronger than those who oppress us, who seek to silence us. We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.”
- Malala Yousafzai quoted in The Washington Post article, “Helping girls worldwide requires a united stand,” July 13, 2014.
Malala Yousafzai was 15 years old when she was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education in Pakistan. Now a global education advocate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, she is spending her birthday in Nigeria this week to refocus attention on more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April, who have yet to return to their families. Malala turned 17 years old on July 12.
Lack of access to education is a barrier to achieving women’s access to economic opportunity. Since 2000, the Millennium Development Goals created a framework galvanizing support from around the world to cut hunger in half by 2015. The third goal in the framework identifies gender equality and economic empowerment of women as a critical step in the exodus from global hunger. To learn more about women as the missing link to ending hunger read “A Global Development Agenda: Toward 2015 and Beyond,” a briefing paper by Faustine Wabwire, senior foreign assistance policy analyst at Bread for the World Institute.
"Bread for the World lets Christians know that it's OK to get political in the fight to end hunger."
—Television host and travel expert Rick Steves, during Bread for the World's National Gathering. Steves met with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to urge her to support food-aid reform and immigration reform during Bread for the World's 2014 Lobby Day.
If you haven't already, get political in the fight to end hunger! Start by signing our petition asking the Senate to reject a provision that would leave 2 million more people hungry every year, and email your representative and tell him or her to support compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform.
Photo: Rick Steves meeting with Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
Tohomina Akter and Joy in Barisal, Bangladesh, on April 19, 2012. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
"I think for the first time in human history we have the prospect of ending global hunger within a generation – by 2030."
Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute, quoted in the May 26 Voice of America article, "NGO Praises Recent Anti-Hunger efforts."
Lateef talks about how our response to worldwide hunger has changed over time, what factors have contributed to a global reduction in hunger, and where we should head in the future. Read the full interview.
"By 2030, we can eradicate extreme poverty.
This is not a hollow platitude. The generations living today are the first in human history that could eliminate extreme deprivation and hunger. It is critical that all nations strive to meet this goal. Not only for our own security, though we know that a more prosperous world is more stable, but because ending extreme poverty is the right thing to do."
—John Podesta, Center for American Progress founder, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, counselor to President Barack Obama
Podesta will be one of the speakers at Bread for the World's 2014 National Gathering, "Bread Rising: Working Together to End Hunger by 2030." To see a full list of speakers, and to register, visit www.bread.org/40.
Photo: A young girl sells oranges in the market in Lusaka, Zambia. (Margaret W. Nea)
"I appreciate Bread for the World because it has taught me the economics of hunger and structural poverty. With all my travel experience, I’ve gained empathy for the struggles of people in developing nations, but my concern used to be confused and directionless. Understanding the basics of structural poverty put my compassion into clear focus. I believe the vast majority of Americans (whether regular citizens or politicians) are good and caring people, but we often need help when it comes to putting hunger in perspective."
—Rick Steves, travel expert and longtime Bread activist, in a post on his travel blog
Rick Steves is one of the speakers at Bread for the World's 2014 National Gathering, which will take place June 9-10 in Washington, D.C. Have you registered yet? Visit www.bread.org/40 to sign up for the Gathering, which includes our annual Lobby Day, and a special dinner celebrating Bread's 40th anniversary!
Photo: A family prepares corn in rural Guatemala. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
"No society has fulfilled its democratic promise if people go hungry... If some go without food they have surely been deprived of all power. The existence of hunger belies the existence of democracy."
—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and cofounder of three national organizations that explore the roots of hunger, poverty, and environmental crises.
Photo: School kids enjoying a healthy lunch with fresh fruit and vegetables. (USDA)
"I'm sick and tired of poor people being demonized. I'm sick and tired of their struggle being belittled. We're here to represent all people — including those struggling in poverty....
I was taught to love my neighbor. I was taught to care about people and to strive to make everyone's life better. And what is being treated as political dialogue violates those teachings and my core beliefs in humanity. We can all do better. Some of us may need a hand up in order to get by, but that doesn't mean that they are lesser people for it. They deserve our respect—and they deserve our help while they are struggling."
—Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) in an "End Hunger Now" speech given this week, responding to recent remarks denigrating recipients of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps).
Photo: DeEtte Peck uses her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food. (Brian Duss)
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