about the author
Annie Emberland is a Communications Officer at WFP’s Washington office. Previously, she worked as a production assistant for NBC Nightly News, and earlier as an environmental reporter in Maryland, US.
Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, leaving a massive path of destruction. If you’ve already begun teaching your classes about hunger, explaining this natural disaster to students will explain just how drastically such a situation can impact the need for food. If you’re just getting started, opening your lesson with news from the Philippines will help show students why WFP’s work fighting hunger is important.Begin with the updates
Reintroduce important points on hunger
This would be a great time to turn the discussion towards the big-picture on hunger. Natural disasters are one of the causes of hunger. Introduce your students to other possible causes here. According to the 2013 Hunger Map, the Philippines has a moderately high undernutrition rate, meaning between 15 percent and 24.9 percent of people are undernourished. Make sure your students understand what it means to be undernourished. You can find this and other important hunger related terminology in the hunger glossary.
Brainstorm how to help
Give your students a chance to think about how your class can help WFP’s Philippines relief. This could work best as a small group activity. Have students split up into groups of 3-4 to brainstorm how to contribute to WFP’s work. After ten minutes, have students share their ideas with the class.
In 2010, students raised more than US$100,000 for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. If your students need some inspiration, introduce them to some of the ideas on the Haiti success stories page here.