World hunger is a huge problem – too big for any one individual, group or country to resolve. Yet despite the surplus of food in some parts of the world, hundreds of thousands of people go hungry in other parts of the world. The challenge is one of distribution rather than provision with the added complication of politics.
You shake your head as I shake mine. Perhaps you put together a few items from your pantry to take to the Food Bank. And you vow to be more prudent in your meal planning and grocery shopping. There are wiser, more experienced people and organizations to work on solving this problem. You decide you will donate to them at the end of the year, with some of your Christmas bonus money.
This is fairly typical North American middle-income-or-better thinking. And the truth is, throwing a few coins to a homeless person, giving a few cans to a food bank, even donating $50 to a helps organization won’t effect lasting change.
Have you heard the saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”?
While I’m not doing that personally, I do support and help an organization that does. Visit www.bopomavillages.org and find out more.