Peace and justice fair

Addie Reine

Just an hour-and-a-half of hard work at Feed My Starving Children and 8,064 meal servings can be made; multiply this by three and you come up with a whopping 24,192 meals, the total number of meals that Lauren Anderson and Becca Tourville helped to package after dedicating their time and effort to end world hunger.

Along with Feed My Starving Children, these ambitious problem solvers worked with the CARE organization. CARE is a humanitarian organization that has taken on the tremendous challenge of defeating world poverty and hunger by securing education, maintaining clean water, and even providing emergency relief.

CARE’s mission of banishing poverty from the world one country at a time aims at giving people a sense of dignity that all people should be able to possess. “[When people are starving] it affects their lives as a whole as well as their dignity,” said Anderson.

Andersen and Tourville recognize the prevalence, yet resolvability of hunger. “We have such a surplus of food that hunger is easily solved if people put effort into it,” said Andersen.

The wide range of issues that students at BSM are taking on during the Peace and Justice Fair reach all the way to the land of Darfur, where a brutal genocide had continued to prevail leaving the citizens there desperate and hopeless. Rachel Bilski and Anna Viers are few of the many who are trying to raise awareness of this issue.

The ongoing genocide in Darfur has long captivated Rachel Bilski and Anna Viers; as the unheard screams and desperate prayers of those still surviving remain shoved under the carpet and denied, Bilski and Viers listen and take action.

Bilski and Viers were first introduced to the atrocities occurring in Africa in eighth grade here at BSM. “We became interested in the genocide in Darfur in Global Topics Social Justice class in eighth grade,” said Bilski.

To show their genuine concern for the problem at hand Bilski and Viers publicly show that they are willing to help. “We went to the Peace Bridge because we wanted to stop the violence in Darfur; we also volunteered at an AIDS fundraisers because AIDS is rapidly spreading as a cause of this genocide where the women are often raped,” said Bilski.

Bilski and Viers believe that the first step to solving the genocide in Darfur is creating worldwide awareness which will eventually lead to resolution of this issue. “We know what happened and now we know how to fix it,” said Bilski.