Yesterday at the G8 the Enough Food IF campaign delivered a scrapbook of events from the 6 months of the our fight to end world hunger. Included in the book were a selection of letters from some of our sponsored children giving their first-hand accounts of a life where food is scarce and meals are few.
We shared two of the letters with you on the blog last week, but we thought you’d like to see more. We’d love you to read the rest of the letters we received and leave your own responses to them on our Facebook page.
My name is Saw Htaw and I am 16 now. I live in a village in Delta region in Myanmar.
I would like to share about my life: living and growing up in a village. Villages in Myanmar are remote and communities living the areas are poor. And we are also living under threat of natural disasters. Fresh flood occurs in our village every year. People in my community are struggling for daily living. Access to education and job opportunities are very limited in our areas. And we also don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water.
Everyone has the feeling of hope and waiting for the help whenever we get into troubles. Though we all get into this world to struggle and fight for life, we all sometimes feel depressed and downhearted.
We have to struggle to meet the basic needs every day in our lives. If only we work from dawn to sunset, it’s barely enough for food.
Though we struggle to earn a living, job opportunities are very limited in our areas and the money we earn is too less to cover family’s basic needs. Sometimes, we don’t have enough food for everyone in the family. We have to keep working without having proper, nutritious meals which leads to malnutrition.
Hunger is not a stranger to us. We sometimes have to go to bed with glowing stomach. As it is more important for us to sooth our empty stomach, most of us have to give up on our education and straight get into the odd jobs.
I would like to ask the leaders to eradicate the hunger and poverty from the world so that the children and families do not suffer. Please create job opportunities for the people, especially youths, living in remote areas. I believe that our lives become better if the leaders get interest in the issues that we are facing and support us.
Another big issue in our community is a great scarcity of water. Addition to hunger, as we do not have enough drinking water, we suffer the tremendous heat in summer. Hunger and water shortages pose a major threat to the survivals of children in our community. Tragic things happen in front of our eyes, but we can’t do much. It is very sad.
For the students like me, we have to walk over an hour to get to school every day. Sometimes, we don’t have time to go to school as we have to help parents to get enough money for buying food for the whole family. Most of my friends, they leave school and work as house maids in the city so that they can support their families financially. There’s a saying in Myanmar, “harrowing only after the rainy season”: it’s in vain if you plough the fields after the rain. Likewise, if we don’t stop the hunger and poverty right now, the generations after generations never escape from this vicious cycle.
In day time, we do odd jobs and at night, we can’t have a proper rest. We do fishing, catching prawn, husking paddy and other jobs to earn some money which helps to feed the families. And our village is far from clinic and hospital. When someone get sick, most of the time, we can’t afford to go to the clinic or hospital. However, fortunately, World Vision helps us to get proper medication.
We have to work until our backs have burnt in the sun to soothe our growling stomach. A lot of people in our villages do not own land and most of us work as daily wages workers. We labour all day in the fields and earn only 1500 kyats (US$1.5) which is barely enough for food.
I want the leaders to see how people are living in the poverty and to help us improving our lives. With your support and help, I believe that the lives of people living in remote and poor villages can be improved.
Since I was young, I experience hunger and I’ve witnessed many people who try very hard to get food daily. Sometimes, we have no one who helps us. However, I’m grateful and very blessed that I have been struggling those days and still surviving, and even got a chance to study.
Though one has to fight for his own survival, but for millions of hungry children in our world, everyone must contribute. I believe that we can eradicate the hunger from our world if every single one works together with sympathy and empathy. And education is another thing we have to work on. Every child has right to education. To break the vicious circle of poverty, we, children, must have education so that we can stop the hunger, extreme poverty and we can create better world in which everyone have access to proper health care, nutritious meals, proper education, the value of life and happy family life.
I would like to ask the leaders to help us not only in eradicating hunger and poverty from this world, but also in improving our living standards and developing our villages. Your help can create better world for us. I’m writing this letter and waiting with the hope of all the leaders of the world will make better world for all the children.
What better way to influence the world’s leaders than by showing them first-hand the lives that children around the world are living.
You can read more letter to world leaders on our Facebook page and leave your own responses to the children who have written them.