This year, my seventh-grade English teacher at Bayfield Middle School had my class do a unit on Third World countries. We learned about genocides, child soldiers, blood diamonds, disease, etc. For me, learning about malnutrition was the most consequential revelation. Most Americans take the food we have for granted. In fact, 70 percent of us are overweight. In the entire world, 1 in 7 people is starving and dying of malnutrition. All we have to do is raise awareness so more people can help them survive. Hopefully, when people start to comprehend what is going on outside our own lives, they will be willing to help these people.
Once people know and understand whats occurring, they can easily find a nonprofit organization and donate money. The money is then used to buy the food and vitamins that are needed to keep these people alive. I hope that we can contribute something to assist these people, or even take just a few moments to think.
Wouldnt we want help if we were in their tattered, worn-down shoes? Just enough food to keep them alive is all they need.
Raise awareness, along with money, and more people will hopefully get involved. The more aid we provide, the fewer people in poverty around the world who will perish from malnutrition. Please, think about it, then do your best to help.
Tierzah Smith, Bayfield