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9th Annual
Birmingham
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Hunger Walk


SUNDAY
APRIL 27
2014


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1:30 PM

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Caldwell Park
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COMMUNITIES RESPONDING TO OVERCOME POVERTY
Birmingham CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, April 27, 2014

 


WORLD HUNGER

 

Millions of people worldwide live on the edge of subsistence, at the will of fragile economies, struggling to escape the crushing grip of poverty and powerlessness. Most are hungry--and they need more than a handout. They need a way out. Hunger means different things in different places...

In Southern Africa it may mean crop failures, food shortages, and famine resulting from prolonged drought. Families and communities may need emergency food, as well as seeds for replanting.

In the highlands of Bolivia, it may mean malnutrition resulting from inadequate protein in the family diet. There training in fish farming can mean improved health for parents and children. Our bodies also need an adequate supply of clean water to survive and thrive. So, in many communities, clean water wells--along with improved irrigation for gardens--can mean life and health.


Church World Service helps create pockets of education and innovation, enterprise and collaboration, powered by local ingenuity and nurtured by the self-respect that inevitably flows from it. Creative initiatives by impoverished people are making a difference. If we work together, we can build a world that works for all.

 

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Approximately 1.2 billion people suffer from hunger.
Over 9 million people die worldwide each year because of hunger and malnutrition.

Over 6 million children under the age of five die every year as a result of hunger.

Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds.
Worldwide, more than 1 billion people currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 per day.
854 million people across the world are hungry, up from 852 million a year ago.

 


POVERTY DEFINED

George Bernard Shaw defines poverty as the "greatest of evils and the worst of crimes." Mahatma Gandhi calls poverty the "worst form of violence."

 

Poverty can be defined as the state of being poor. Lacking the means of providing material needs or comforts. Having income or wealth so low as to be unable to maintain what is considered a minimum standard of living. Having income or wealth too low to maintain life and health at a subsistence level. Being at a certain level of material deprivation below which an individual suffers physically, emotionally and socially.

Poverty can be defined as an individual's inability to satisfy basic needs in food, clothing, shelter, and health. Poverty is a condition in which a person or community is deprived of, or lacks the essentials for a minimum standard of well-being and life. Since poverty is understood in many senses, these essentials may be material resources such as food, safe drinking water, and shelter, or they may be social resources such as access to information, education, health care, social status, political power, or the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other people in society.

Poverty is a condition of scarce, inadequate or insufficient resources, food, clothing, and shelter. Destitute and indigent. Living in a state of extreme need, lack, and deprivation. It is manifest in homelessness, hunger, and starvation.

 

New World Encyclopedia Definition of Poverty
Wikipedia Definition of Poverty

 



POVERTY IN AMERICA

According to recent surveys, 39.8 million people (13.2 percent) live in poverty. 49.1 million Americans live in food insecure households, which includes 32.4 million adults and 16.7 million children.

About one in ten Americans live in poverty, that's a 32-year high, with nearly half of those citizens considered "severely poor" by national standards. Unlike poor citizens in some other countries, most poor Americans usually have access to clean water, food, and shelter to some degree, some of the time. Even so, barely getting by does not make for a healthy lifestyle or a healthy nation. Poverty conditions can adversely affect family relationships, mental health, medical care, schools, and the general stability and security of one's neighborhood—whether urban, suburban, or rural. Many of the adults living in poverty are employed, so simply holding a job is not always the issue. Too often, people are not able to live on the wages earned from these jobs. When a parent, for example, must work two or three jobs to additionally support one or two children, then the family loses even more stability because the parent is essentially absent from the home.

 

Alabamians experience poverty, hunger, homelessness, and joblessness at alarming rates. Alabama is the 6th poorest state. Nearly 1 in 5 Alabamians (1 in 4 children) live below the federal poverty line. Alabama's poverty rate is 14.5%. Alabama's child poverty rate is 22.5%. Alabama's unemployment rate is 10.7%. Alabama's food insecurity rate is 11.9%. Alabama's child food insecurity rate is 13.5% (15.6& for children under five).

Primer on Poverty in America
Info About America's Working Poor
Statistics About Poverty in America
Alabama Poverty Statistics from Ala Cooperative Extensive System
Poverty Rate Data for Birmingham
Poverty Facts from Alabama Poverty Project
Ways to Fight Poverty in America
Info About Alabama's Poverty Task Force (Patricia Todd, Chair)
 



POPULATION FACTS & FIGURES

854 million people across the world are hungry, up from 852 million a year ago. Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds. In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food. Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness. Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.

 


 

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."

-MAHATMA GANDHI
 

"What we're really trying to do is provide these communities with the tools and resources they need to help themselves."

-REV. JOHN McCULLOUGH, EXEC DIR & CEO OF CHURCH WORLD SERVICE

 

"Grief shared is half grief; joy shared is double joy."

-HONDURAN PROVERB

"I believe it is wrong, in a country of such wealth and prosperity, to have 36 million Americans living in poverty."
-JOHN EDWARDS  

 


Today our world houses 6.55 billion people. The United States is a part of the developed or industrialized world, which consists of about 57 countries with a combined population of about 1 billion, less than one sixth of the world’s population.  In contrast, approximately 5.1 billion people live in the developing world. This world is made up of about 125 low and middle-income countries in which people generally have a lower standard of living with access to fewer goods and services than people in high-income countries. The remaining 0.4 billion live in countries in transition, which include the Baltic states, eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

Worldwide, more than 1 billion people currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 per day. Among this group of poor people, many have problems obtaining adequate, nutritious food for themselves and their families. As a result, 820 million people in the developing world are undernourished. They consume less than the minimum amount of calories essential for sound health and growth. Undernourishment negatively affects people’s health, productivity, sense of hope and overall well-being. A lack of food can stunt growth, slow thinking, sap energy, hinder fetal development and contribute to mental retardation. Economically, the constant securing of food consumes valuable time and energy of poor people, allowing less time for work and earning income. Socially, the lack of food erodes relationships and feeds shame so that those most in need of support are often least able to call on it.
 

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HUNGER & POVERTY ALLEVIATION
 

Hunger affects more than 840 million people worldwide. More than 300 million of these people are in Africa. Hunger is an obstacle to progress: It increases susceptibility to disease, hinders learning, and leaves a person weak and unable to work or meet family needs. This break in self-reliance inhibits developing economies and creates poverty.


Consistent with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Church World Service works to end hunger and poverty by:


Advocating for trade policies and practices that work for people:
Church World Service works to educate and raise awareness of the need for just trade rules and policies that promote economic justice. Even a 1% increase in world exports from Africa would improve incomes and help lift 40 million Africans out of poverty.


Achieving food security:
Church World Service emphasizes programs that provide inputs, protect land rights, support nutrition education and food diversification, and value indigenous knowledge.


Supporting rural livelihoods:
Over 70% of Africa’s rural people earn their living from the land. Church World Service supports programs which increase opportunities for livelihood growth through improvements in production, the establishment of rural cooperatives, and the creation of employment through skill-building programs.
 


"It's time for greatness, not greed. It's a time for idealism, not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but for compassionate action."
-MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN


"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."
-NELSON MANDELA

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread." 

-MAHATMA GANDHI
 


Improving natural resource management: CWS supports programs that target declining soil fertility, groundwater contamination, and persistent drought. CWS encourages an approach that supports ecosystems and educates farmers about protecting and managing their natural resources.


Promoting women’s empowerment and education for girls
: In general, African women shoulder overwhelming responsibilities within their families and communities. Greater efforts toward gender equality are thus a prerequisite for the eradication of poverty and hunger. Church World Service supports programs that provide women with the education, information, and resources they need to make the best decisions regarding the care and well-being of their family, community, and nation.


Training in disaster management and mitigation:
CWS emphasizes community-level emergency management training to build local capacity for emergency response and proactive disaster mitigation, strengthening the local ability to provide a broad spectrum of humanitarian assistance.
 



TODAY

Today we can help. Today we can join with others. Today will make all the difference.

Stories of Positive Results
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US Census Bureau Poverty Data
Human Rights Notebook
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"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

-MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.


"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.... defend the rights of the poor and needy."
-PROVERBS 31:8-9
 

"For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever."

-PSALM 9:18

"I was a stranger, and you welcomed me."
-MATTHEW 25:35

 


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