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MY TESTIMONIAL

The Global Online Academy course, Music Theory and Digital Composition, has taught me that music UNITES us together from all parts of the globe, regardless of our differences in ethnicity, age, gender, religion, etc. When asked to pick a prevalent problem in our world, and how we can join TOGETHER and fix this global issue, I thought what better topic than HUNGER, specifically children who suffer from food insufficiency. I chose hunger because I think that this problem has been IMPACTING the world for too long and should be put to an end. NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY.

Hungry people surround you everywhere. You might think to yourself, that they are only the people living on the streets. While you might be right in some cases, most hungry people surround you in your daily lives. In fact, 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to live a healthy life. Growing up in Connecticut, it is eye opening to know that just beyond my doorstep, NEARLY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

The Children

In every minute of every day, four children die of hunger,” states Eddie Izzard. This fact is not an exaggeration. 66 MILLION CHILDREN are faced with constant fear due to HUNGER and MALNUTRITION. Out of those 66 million, 3.1 million die due to the horrible conditions. “Children who went hungry at least once in their lives were 2½ times more likely to have poor overall health 10 to 15 years later, compared with those who never had to go without food.” (Time magazine).

Somalia, Africa

On the horn of Africa, the village of Somalia is in dire need of help. After decades of civil war, Somalia came to a halt because of the extreme drought and dry lands. Since Somalia is not fully developed, the crops cannot grow and provide food for the people, thus causing a FAMINE affecting 1.2 million children. 49% of children are also forced out of school due to lack of concentration, and engaged in child labor, “UNICEF statistics from 2011, the last time such data was collected, show that half of all children between the ages of five and 14 hailing from the country’s central and southern regions are employed” (IPS). On top of dangerous working hazards, CHILDREN ARE STARVING on a daily basis, lacking the nutrients they need. As a result, 133 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday because of the insufficiency of vitamins. Those who survive past the age of 5 are at greater risk to be exposed to fatal diseases, like Malaria and Cholera. The advocacy group, Save the Children, trucks in water and hires doctors to prevent illnesses from spreading.

South Sudan, Africa

Located in Northeast Africa, South Sudan is also affected by the “famine plague” with half the population, 20 MILLION PEOPLE, facing HUNGER. South Sudan, similar to Somalia, has been in battle and fighting since 2013, causing a deadly drought and famine. 66% of their population lives in poverty and 67% of children do not attend school. Therefore, only 16% of 15-year-olds and older can read and write. The same advocacy group for Somalia also helps in South Sudan. The group, Save the Children states, “We run 45 health centers and 58 feeding program sites for infants and young children. You can help children in South Sudan and throughout drought-ravaged Africa” (Save the Children).

United States

Millions of people in the United States SUFFER from FOOD INSECURITIES and do not speak out about their struggles. Additionally, children have been put under pressure and may feel stigmatized, ashamed, and isolated. “Research shows that families’ lack of sufficient food, irrespective of their income, is associated with depressive disorders and suicidality in adolescents” (APA). In the school setting, administrators are incorporating mindfulness and how it can positively affect a student’s attention span, ANXIETY and “hangry” emotions surrounding hunger. There are also programs offered to reduce lunch service prices including, WIC, SNAP, and the National School Lunch Program, but some say that this may lead to more hunger because children are HUMILIATED by being different and avoid the provided meals. Specifically, the National School Lunch Program helps 22 million students all over the US with free or reduced lunches. New York City schools have offered free breakfast and lunch, creating an inclusive environment since September, 2017. During the school hours, children’s behaviors are affected, resulting in performing worse on exams and having trouble concentrating. “Hungry children have lower math scores. They are also are more likely to repeat a grade, come to school late, or miss it entirely,” according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Effects of Malnutrition

  • Childhood hunger affects ONE OF EVERY FOUR CHILDREN in the United States, with as many as 17 million children at risk of malnutrition.
  • Stunting growth
  • Marasmus is a severe protein-energy deficiency that can develop as a result of MALNUTRITION.
  • Kwashiorkor is an acute type of protein-energy deficiency that is common in children who are malnourished.
  • Malnutrition can involve not only insufficient macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and fat, but also insufficient micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

Hand to Hunger Song

Here is a preview of my song about the children of Africa and their struggles and stories fighting hunger. The portion you will hear is the bridge featuring three voices and a piano part. This African song includes complex rhythmic patterns, similar to traditional African music, with a somber tone in the beginning and an unsettling mood at the end. In the bridge, there is a loud rhythmic feel with poetic words telling the story of an African family in Somalia and how they face hunger. I hope to evoke feelings of anger and sadness from the audience, and want this piece to act as a cry for help to inspire change.

Vocal Credits: Members of KO Concert Choir

Link to Sheet Music

Lyrics to Hunger Song

Hunger strikes around the world, (around the world)

Our hearts live for those, (those are suffering)

For those who are suffering,

Living and starving feeling empty. (empty)

Children are crying and wailing, (and dying)

The stories of suffering.

Twenty million children hungry. (help feed them)

Twenty million children hungry, hungry. (help feed them)

Change creates change.

One of six kids. (help feed them)

Speak up, speak out, speak loud.

Spark a change.

Don’t ignore it,

Hunger strikes,

Time to face it,

Now.

Food helps growth,

Food fuels our bodies, (food send the nutrients)

While poverty spreads, (poorest countries)

Poor and hungry go hand in hand.

Living and starving,

Our world’s crisis.

Look at that young boy so frail and, (so feeble)

The stories of suffering.

Twenty million children hungry. (help feed them)

Twenty million children hungry, hungry. (help feed them)

Change creates change.

One of six kids. (help feed them)

Speak up, speak out, speak loud.

Spark a change.

Don’t ignore it,

Hunger strikes,

Time to face it,

Now.

Ignore it,

Hunger strikes,

Time to face it,

Now.

Ignore it,

Hunger strikes,

Time to face it,

Now.

Ignore it,

Hunger strikes,

Time to face it,

Now.

On the horn of Africa, the village of Somalia lies weak,

El Nino is believed to be the culprit of this famine streak.

War, anarchy, and lack of resources causes this drought,

Within the town, no one has the strength to speak out.

The boy, glossy eyes and battered hands,

The famine is something him and his 8 siblings cannot withstand.

Empty stomachs children work ‘til numb,

They work not knowing when they will eat a meal nor a crumb.

The mother’s translucent eyes cannot fill with water,

They are filled with fear and hopelessness for her daughters.

The father’s hands are shaking from malnutrition,

As he sees his sons working on their mission.

Hunger strikes around the world, (around the world)

Our hearts live for those, (those are suffering)

For those who are suffering,

Living and starving feeling empty. (empty)

Children are crying and wailing, (and dying)

The stories of suffering.

Twenty million children hungry. (help feed them)

Twenty million children hungry, hungry. (help feed them)

Change creates change.

One of six kids. (help feed them)

Speak up, speak out, speak loud.

Spark a change.

Don’t ignore it,

Hunger strikes,

Time to face it,

Now.

Why these words?

In the first verse, I wanted to make a powerful statement. I started the song with a “hunger strikes” to capture the audience’s attention and to evoke emotion from the first line. Next, when both parts sing, “The stories of suffering” in unison and then break away, it is the repetitive aspect and joint sound, that will stick with the individual. I wanted the song to not only be catchy, but to be informative. The facts hidden in the monotone vamp, almost like if the children of Africa are working, forced laborers who complete their monotonous tasks symbolized through a single note. I have a theme throughout with the lyrics stating to not ignore this problem and to speak up and start the change that should have been done a while ago. The second verse, has more of the common sense that people need to be reminded of and what impacts on how frail children may become as a result of hunger. In the bridge I wanted to a specific story of each family member and what role they have to contribute to each other to stay alive. Somalia, as discussed before, is impoverish and in desperate need of help. Eyes are a theme throughout my piece and how this sensitive part of your face can tell a whole story. “The boy, glossy eyed and battered hands” expands on this idea that the people are scared, especially young children who see the side effects of hunger so young, and not know what could happen to him. Next, the mother’s eyes are not filled with tears, rather the gloominess for her daughters, expecting to go through the same tragic life as herself. Finally, the father, a manly figure in the household, is worried about what the future holds for his sons and how he cannot be a role model for his sons since he is not well due to food insufficiency. I concluded this piece with the first verse and chorus to tie in all the factors and how paramount and prevalent this issue is in society and feelings of anger, sadness, hopefulness, and an urge to help, are aroused by this problem.

Advocacy Groups Mentioned: Move for Hunger, Save the Children, American Psychological Association, No Kid Hungry.

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#HAND2HUNGER

Use the hashtag #HAND2HUNGER as a way to express yourself and help raise awareness on social media. By exposing more people to this issue, we can create a safe world where everyone will have access to food and not worry about their next meal.

Glossary:

Food insecure: When a person does not have enough nutritious food needed for an active, healthy life.

Toxic stress: the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system.

Works Cited:

  1. “Africa Hunger Facts, Africa Poverty Facts – World Hunger News.” World Hunger News, www.worldhunger.org/africa-hunger-poverty-facts-2018/. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

2. Alaimo, K., Olson, C.M., Frongillo, E.A. (2002). Family food insufficiency, but not low family income, is positively associated with dysthymia and suicide symptoms in adolescents. The Journal of Nutrition, 132(4), 719-25. Accessed Apr 13. 2019.

3. “Facts About Child Nutrition.” National Education Association, www.nea.org/home/39282.htm. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

4. Gunn, Jennifer. “Hungry Students Impact Classroom Performance.” Concordia University-Portland, 29 May 2018, education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/hunger-pains-teaching-hungry-students/. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

5. “Help Children in Somalia.” Save the Children, www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/africa/somalia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

6. “Help Children in South Sudan.” Save the Children, www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/africa/south-sudan. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

7. King, Joe. “Effects of Malnutrition on Children.” Live Strong, www.livestrong.com/article/446343-nutritional-effects-of-malnutrition-on-children/. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

8. Lowy, Adam. “The Effects of Childhood Hunger.” Move for Hunger, 10 Nov. 2015, www.moveforhunger.org/the-effects-of-childhood-hunger/. Accessed 13 Apr. 2019.Roble, Muhyadin Ahmed. “No Silver Lining for Somalia’s Child Labourers.” Inter Press Service News Agency, IPS-Inter Press Service, www.ipsnews.net/2014/05/silver-lining-somalias-child-labourers/. Accessed 13 Apr. 2019.

9. Hunger Statistics. Propaganda Times, www.foodaidfoundation.org/uploads/8/2/3/0/82301020/hunger-stats_orig.jpg. Accessed 14 Apr. 2019.

10. Hunger. 27 Apr. 2013, outrunchildhoodhunger.blogspot.com/2013/04/ quotes-from-kids-about-childhood-hunger.html. Accessed 15 Apr. 2019.


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COMMENTS: 3
  1. April 26, 2019 by Lisa

    So informational.

  2. April 27, 2019 by Donna

    Thank you for brightening my day with this piece of charm. Award-winning am I right? I think you’re the next Lady Gaga!!!

  3. April 29, 2019 by Rebecca

    Hi Sadie! I love the way you took this issue and realized hunger is occurring everywhere in the world and even if we are blind to it, it is still there. I had no idea that 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to live a healthy life. I love that the idea of your song is to spark change and let the lyrics linger in the audiences heads so that they are motivated to do something. How has your hashtag affected people so far? Have you gotten a large response to it? Who else has heard your song?

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