Here are some possible justice actions to help promote the Hunger Awareness Campaign.
I hear and I forget;
I see and I remember;
I do and I understand.
Help people (and especially students) to understand that hunger is not merely another academic problem but something quite real which we can truly eliminate.
Hands-on projects prove to be more valuable life lessons, on the principle: "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand".
Some possible projects are suggested below:
1. A school garden for good nutrition:
Hunger and malnutrition inhibit the growth of children, and reduce their capacity to learn. School gardens, tended as extended classrooms, provide food for nutritious school meals.
2. Fighting hunger with Information:
3. Organise job training sessions in order to help people to help themselves:
One volunteer can teach a needed skill, particularly the value of organising interested parties to achieve common goals.
At times, government agencies can be so overloaded with bureaucracy that those who are meant to benefit from their programs find themselves incapable of cutting through the red tape. Similarly, people can be helped to prepare themselves better for job interviews.
4. Organise a trip to one of the United Nations agencies:
Many times class trips and excursions for the elderly are organised solely for the purpose of pleasure.
Perhaps on an occasion a trip could be organised to allow those interested to learn more about how a UN agency can help improve the life of those most in need.
5. Help a family in Eastern Africa:
On line (http://www.sendacow.org.uk ) you can buy cattle ($1,290 apiece) a goat ($215) or some bees ($69). They will benefit from the food the animals produce and from the income they generate.
Excerpted from: JUSTICE AND PEACE: AN AUGUSTINIAN CONTRIBUTION TO TOPICS OF JUSTICE AND PEACE,
Volume II Number 15 March 2004. ID2070