by Viola Ranjha
UNICEF organized an event that took place at 12:30 p.m. in Scholl 101 to discuss the problem of poverty in the world on Wednesday, April 23rd. Speaker Justine Lucas was invited to educate students with facts and statistics that would convey the urgent issue of world hunger.
“1.2 billion people live in poverty, for me that is 1.2 billion reasons why we need to do something about it,” said Lucas.
UNICEF also hosted the annual hunger banquet, and on April 16th, ICBU hosted a presentation on an international view on hunger at 12:30 p.m. On Thursday, April 17th, the ACS/SPS had a GMO presentation, and The American Red Cross presented a clip on hunger as well. These events took place in hopes of educating our community about the hunger problem and to give the Benedictine community a chance to take an active role in fighting hunger.
Questions such as what does extreme poverty mean, can we actually do anything about it, and what are the barriers to ending poverty were asked and discussed. It was also stated that for a family to be considered under the poverty line, they must have a total income of $1.25 or less a day. It was made aware how many more people who live on $2.00 a day still cannot support themselves and their families, but are not considered to be living in poverty. This motivates people to try and help.
Lucas says an individual should support and invest in education and infrastructure. In addition to this, he or she must also build a strong manufacturing industry and export oriented growth. These are the most important aspects to trying to make a difference in the world to end poverty. The audience was assured that even the smallest efforts made by us are effective, even if people do not live on the same continent as most of those in need.
Saad Razzak, a student at Benedictine University attended the presentation and felt that “the presentation was heartwarming.”
“I never really thought our efforts to end poverty were that heavily effective!” Razzak continued.
The annual hunger week was a success in educating the student population about the major problem of poverty in the world. UNICEF and other leading clubs worked hard to motivate the student body, trying to instill the confidence needed to realize that their efforts are not going to waste.