Crayons. Paper. Paint. Welcome to art class, where kids around the globe dive into their imaginations to create their own worlds. This art class, however, is inside Kilis Refugee Camp in Turkey. Its students: young refugees who were forced to flee their homes in Syria because of conflict and violence. As they put crayon to paper, out pours memories – of home, of the conflict, of their frightening journey to the refugee camp where they are now safe. It’s troubling to see the very real images of Kalashnikovs and other guns and tanks they pull from their imaginations. The home they remember is part refuge, part war zone; and it’s clear just how much these kids have been through.
This October 16th is World Food Day, an international day marking the challenge of hunger in the world and how together we can fight it. As the global community comes together to raise awareness about hunger, we could talk about how hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem. We could talk about how it keeps kids from reaching their full potential or how solving it boosts economies and builds a more stable world. Instead, we’d like to tell you about one teenage girl we know. Her name is Molly.
Join us in wishing happy birthday to South Sudan, the world’s youngest country. Just over a year ago, over 99% of the people who live in what is now South Sudan voted to become an independent country. The young nation’s first year has been filled with tremendous progress, such as developing a constitution and establishing the foundations for a new government.
Many families, however, still struggle to get enough food. Nearly half of the people living in South Sudan today experience hunger, severely limiting their ability to work, learn, and develop their country. Here at WFP Students we’re taking the occasion to reflect on how solving hunger will help the young nation continue to build a stronger, more resilient – and peaceful future. We’ve pulled together seven answers to questions about why there is a hunger crisis in South Sudan and the road ahead to the nation’s hunger-free future.
A new partnership between Freerice and Kaplan Test Prep means studying for the SAT will make a big difference on test scores – and in the global fight against hunger.