Each morning when we get the kids ready for school my husband and I encourage them to eat a little something before they head out the door. It is not just wives’ tale, after all. It really is harder to concentrate on an empty stomach.
Sadly, every day, millions of children around the globe head out to school with an empty stomach. To make matters worse, their bellies stay empty almost all the time, getting barely enough sustenance for survival. An estimated 66 million children across the developing world attend primary school hungry. Imagine how hard it must be to a child trying to overcome poverty by getting an education, and doing it all with an empty stomach.
Filling the Cup
This morning my friend Dresden at Creating Motherhood passed me a cup. It is a red cup; a symbol of hope for children. The World Food Program’s school meals program uses these red cups as a symbol of a way to feed a child a healthy, nutritious school meal. These meals not only feed the children’s bodies, but also give them the fuel they need to concentrate in school and help to propel them forward in life.
In many regions, a guaranteed meal is the greatest incentive for parents to continue to send their children, especially young girls, to school rather than keeping them at home or putting them to work. So when you think that your personal cup is half empty, remember that just 25 cents gives a child a monthly ration of food to take home.
If you are thankful just to have a cup, why not fill it up and feed a child’s dream? Please consider making a donation to the WFP School Meals program at: http://bit.ly/FillACup.
So, what is filling your cup today?
I am honored to pass on the red cup to: