Of Cabbages and Kings
Twenty students at Christian Heritage School at Edwall recently completed another 30-hour famine from midnight Thursday until 8:30 a.m. Saturday; a project they have participated in for years under the direction of principal Marty Klein. The project is organized by World Vision, a Christian organization dedicated to children, their families and communities. World Vision gives out statistics that in some areas of the world every 13 seconds a child dies of hunger. For donations of $30 a month, $1 a day can save a child.
Participation in the “famine” gives young people all over the world a taste of what it is like to go hungry for long hours. Each student pays $1 to participate. They are allowed water and juice as the hours go by. The dollar is a lesson in itself as it is a reminder that one dollar can save a child from starvation
World Vision began the project in 1992. As young people around the globe get involved, statistics tell us starvation has fallen from 40,000 children under 5 years old to under 20,000 children a year, all because of the contributed money. Young people gain great satisfaction in knowing they helped to save a child’s life.
Incredibly, from our view in the U.S., two to six billion people live on less than $2 per day. This amount must stretch to accommodate not only food but shelter, school, medicine and clothing.
Christian Heritage students ate a satisfying breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs at the end of their famine then engaged in some community service. They raked leaves at various places in the Edwall community. We’re proud of you, kids. Keep up the good work.
Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.