New Paltz CROP Walk participant of Church World Service
"... let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action."
Millions of people worldwide live on the edge of subsistence, at the will of fragile economies, struggling to escape the crushing grip of poverty and powerlessness. Most are hungry--and they need more than a handout. They need a way out.
Hunger means different things in different places... In Southern Africa it may mean crop failures, food shortages, and famine resulting from prolonged drought. Families and communities may need emergency food, as well as seeds for replanting. In the highlands of Bolivia, it may mean malnutrition resulting from inadequate protein in the family diet. There training in fish farming can mean improved health for parents and children. Our bodies also need an adequate supply of clean water to survive and thrive. So, in many communities, clean water wells--along with improved irrigation for gardens--can mean life and health.
The CWS Social and Economic Development Program helps create pockets of education and innovation, enterprise and collaboration, powered by local ingenuity and nurtured by the self-respect that inevitably flows from it. Creative initiatives by impoverished people are making a difference. If we work together, we can build a world that works for all.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture report "Household Food Security in the United States, 2005, 11 percent of U.S. homes did not have access "to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members" at least some time during the year. In what has become an annual tradition in the thousands of communities that participate, an interfaith, multi-cultural collection of CROP walkers (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) encourage friends, neighbors, colleagues, merchants and places of worship to donate dollars to support their participation in walks of up to 10 km. Participants, many with readily identifiable red and white signs, range in age from babies in strollers to seniors--and even the occasional jogger.
The first-ever CROP Walks took place in the late 1960s. Over the decades since, more than 5 million walkers have raised millions to fight hunger. Since 1973, the New Paltz CROP Walk (under various names) has done its part to help in this enormous need (our history).
25% of money raised goes to support local pantries!
"These walkers and the food pantries and soup kitchens they help support are a blessing. Together, they represent the caring hands of a community reaching out to help neighbors-and often strangers--who are in crisis or whose way is hard," says Rev. John McCullough (executive director and CEO of Church World Service).
Globally, Church World Service supports a broad range of poverty fighting projects in some 80 countries. They include the digging of wells in villages in Africa and the building of cisterns in Palestine to improve local access to water; programs in several Latin America countries to help children living in extreme poverty who are vulnerable to violence and sexual exploitation; income producing programs for impoverished Roma families, in Serbia; and community development projects with poor women in rural Bangladesh.
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