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As I watch my grandchildren peering constantly into their iPods, I wonder what this epidemic of mind-numbing electronics will translate into as they grow into men and women. 

Even though they hear about the needs of the world, do those facts mean anything in competition with electronic games like "Angry Birds" and "Hair Salon"?

Do they know that poverty forces one in seven children to go to work every day? That's 158 million kids with jobs that often also deal with a lifetime of illiteracy.

Even in America, 47 million citizens receive food stamps. In contrast, my grandchildren are pretty bummed when we run out of Skinny Pop. 

In their defense, they are only 11 and eight and pretty generous too, but still, like most U.S. kids, they have been raised in an atmosphere of benefit and love. They have no first-hand experience of need and neglect, no knowledge of grinding hunger. The truth is most of us don't.

We have information, but not experience. Those are two very different things. How many people do you know who have ever missed a meal because there was no food, no money to buy food, and no prospect of food? What's the count? One? Zero?

Maybe this week we could play our own version of Angry Birds. Maybe we could attack institutional hunger by taking a little cash out of the grocery money and sending it to one of the great charities that feed people. (You can click on the Resources page above to find them!) These folks are the feet on the ground who do the work of caring for those in need, and when they count how many truly starving people they know, its in the hundreds and thousands.

Angry Birds unite against hunger. Now there's a game we could feel good about.

-Nancy





 

 


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07/18/2016 7:27am

Poverty sure is an unending reality. It is true, that we, as people in the middle to higher bracket of society are able to enjoy such prospects like the "angry birds". We cannot though, blame ourselves or the people for being privileged. We also cannot discourage these games, just because they don't promote something that would benefit the society. What we can do, however, is to help promote change into each other. We shouldn't only blame others for standing still, when we too are doing the same thing.

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Angry birds is a very popular game, i still remember the days when I am playing it, and sometimes worth my friends or my family, it is a game that involves geomerty a branch of mathematics that is into angles, shapes and area, it helps my mind to project a clear path on where will the bird will land.

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I still didn't get the connection between angry birds and poverty. However, I get your point in this article. There are still a large percentage of children in this world who are forced to work just to fill their empty stomach. In fact, there are some known companies that are notable for exercising child labor. And we all know that this is against the law. Every child should have the right to play and not being forced to work in an early age.

09/20/2016 11:53pm

It is really sad to know that there are families who can't eat meals three times a day. I think poverty is one of the issues that is really heartbreaking. We can't even solve this problem. There are lots of families who are experiencing this and the sad thing is their numbers are continuously increasing. On the other hand, it's nice of you to co-relate the issue with the games. I was able to understand it more.

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