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Lets make a change

Grade: 9 | Year: 2011

The pictures of a child's bony belly or of a mother searching garbage trying to find food are ones that have long haunted us and that must be erased immediately. Hunger and malnutrition affect a large majority of the people in the world and many die every day from these awful causes that fortunately can be prevented. It is time not to just speak out against world hunger but to do something about it. Having witnessed the horrors of poverty and hunger, I feel compelled to help out the ones in need and to spread the message of giving so that one day we will see hunger and poverty as a thing of the past, as just a bad memory.

Poverty is the main cause of hunger in the world. Poverty includes people's lack of resources, such as food, water, proper climate, and even soil fertility. Giving an unequal pay can also lead to poverty. For example, in developing countries, poor people approximately receive $1.25 a day or less. Without the money, you can't buy food, water, proper soil, seeds; pretty much anything to survive. This payment is leading to a decrease in death of human life-l.23 billion people to 982 million in 2004. However, hunger can also lead to poverty. By causing poor health, and even low levels of energy, hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people's ability to work and learn. Therefore, there is a relationship between poverty & hunger, and that one affects the other, like vice versa.

Hunger can have a very powerful effect on your body. Examples are malnutrition, sickness and even death. Malnutrition is a term that indicates a lack of some or all nutrition necessary for human health. One in twelve people worldwide are malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5. There are two basic types of malnutrition. The first and most important type is protein-energy malnutrition-the lack of enough protein and food that provides energy, which all of the food groups provide. This type of malnutrition is most likely to be referred to when talking about world hunger. The second type of malnutrition, also very important, is micronutrient deficiency-the lack of enough vitamins and minerals.

This is not likely to be referred to world hunger, though it is certainly very important. About 880-920 million people in the world are hungry. Ninety-five percent of these people live in developing countries, which are Africa, Asia minus Russia, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and South Korea, this list can go on forever. Around every 3.6 seconds, someone dies from hunger. For example, now (wait 3.6 seconds) now ... now…and it keeps going. Every year, 10-20 million children die from this crisis, and about 34 million adults die. Throughout the 1990's, more than 100 children died, and about 180 million adults died. In conclusion, hunger can affect the way your body functions properly. 
You are probably thinking to yourself, "All the hungry people live too far from me, I can't really help" No, there are so many ways you can help; people from all around the world are joined together in special organizations, such as Bread For The World, RESULTS, Food Research and Action Center, known as F.R.A.C.

That’s why we as people who practically have everything, like education, family, food, a home, should stop saying we can’t and start saying we will, we will help others, we will try to make a change and never give up, especially us who are still young, and have a long life to live, should not want to live in a world where people are suffering unfairly, when there’s something that can be done. So I truly consider we should start helping other in any way we can, for example when you go from store to store, they just might have a donation box for the hungry; just by throwing some change in there, you are helping! Also, you have so many organizations to pick from, and you won't break a sweat donating. I bet you, that once you make a contribution, you will believe that you did a reliable thing, that you became a better person and it’s true the basics of becoming a better you is to help those who are around, those who are in need, we have to remain positive and think that even one small thing can be a big change for others. So let’s stop not doing anything and start changing the world.