Monday, December 12, 2011

Hungry

I received a bittersweet email in my inbox the other week and I just had to share Amy's story. This inspirational young woman is currently working in Antigua Guatemala at a volunteer program at Casa Jackson, a hospital for malnourished infants and children.
Before hearing from Amy I had no idea how high the levels of malnutrition were in Guatemala-almost 50% of all children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished. The statistics on malnutrition in Guatamala are staggering; despite not being the poorest Latin American country (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Haiti have lower incomes), They are 2nd only to Haiti in the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in this hemisphere. The problem is rampant in rural, mostly-indigenous areas, where people have limited access to health services, clean water and sanitation, and little or no formal education. The rising price of basic food staples—particularly beans—places an adequate diet financially out-of-reach for over half of Guatemalan families. Poor or nonexistent infrastructure means no electricity or running water—certainly no clean water—for rural communities, making childhood illnesses like bronchial pneumonia, gastrointestinal diseases and chronic diarrhea compounding factors in the malnutrition problem. People like Amy are doing helping these children receive the medical attention they need.

And this isn't just a problem in Guatamala. 1 in 5 children in America will go hungry today. That's more than 16 MILLION.

As I sit here, pleasantly secure with money, a safe home, and food, it's hard not to feel a twinge of pain. But I'm a person of action rather than a worrier so here are some things we can all do this holiday season to help those in need:

How you can help:
Read Amy's blog for much more information and check out God Child program
Volunteer with an international service team
Donate to a National or International Hunger Relief Organization such as Share Our Strength or Project Bread
Donate your time to Share our Strength or a local food bank
Donate food items to a local food bank

Here's to wonderful, hopefully hunger-less week for you ahead!

1 comment:

circ55 said...

Ok, so this isn't about what I do to recover (Recovery Accelerator and whatever I can find if at a race; hummus and black bean burrito if training near home) as much as it is about defending the Endurance Gel. I have to disagree with you! I think it tastes GREAT! I adore the date flavor, which I think comes through more than the raspberry or orange. I prefer Orange Zest. Have you tried that flavor, or only the raspberry? If you haven't, you need to... it's really good. LOVE IT, LOVE IT!

I've never tried the Performance Protein, mostly because of cost, but would love to. People rave about it. Whole Foods in my area said they can't keep it in stock!

So that's it. Try the Orange Zest.