Hands 4 Hunger
Students at Clinton Township Middle School in New Jersey created a poignant learning activity on global hunger with a project called Hands 4 Hunger that symbolizes the 25,000 people who die every day from hunger-related causes. Students created a collage of 2,500 colorful hand-shaped cutouts, each representing 10 of these 25,000 fatalities. As a public display, the collage educates as well as impresses, providing facts about global hunger. “I thought it would be effective in spreading an important message, not to mention fun,” explains Abbey Daudelin, eighth grade student and leader of the project. Enrichment Teacher Diane Cormican concurs: “It’s pretty powerful when you see it.” The Clinton Township eighth graders felt compelled to educate others about global hunger after learning about the crisis in Darfur, and their efforts have not stopped there: they’ve also enrolled in the 2009 Race Against Hunger.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.