For the second year running; R.E.A.L Schools National, Cheras Campus organized its very own ‘DIY 30-Hour Famine Camp’ during the third quarter of this year. The event was inspired by the original version hosted by World Vision that aims to raise awareness of the global famine issue. According to World Vision, there are approximately 842 million people who do not have enough food to eat and about 300 million children go to bed hungry every day.
The global food crisis however, is more than just the lack of food. It is a combination of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. It is even more disheartening to note that about one-third of food produced around the world goes to waste or unconsumed. At Cheras Campus, Famine Camp participants got to experience what it is like to go without food for 30 hours straight. They were able to put themselves in the shoes of the poor who in fact, have to endure even longer periods of hunger.
While the campers had fun with the various tasks, challenges and activities lined up; priceless lessons on world hunger and poverty were not lost on them as well. It was indeed a wake-up call for the youngsters who would hopefully appreciate life’s blessings more now and learn to live in gratitude. Adding cheer to the event were former students of Cheras Campus who came to lend their support and share their experience of last year’s camp.
On the whole, the testing but extremely rewarding endeavour by the R.E.A.L students paid off the next day when the camp officially ended at 4pm, culminating with the certificate presentation ceremony. With renewed spirits, everyone left with a strong sense of responsibility to help those less fortunate and in need. Annual initiatives such as this help to shape students’ character and widen their outlook on life; while connecting them with pertinent, real-world issues.