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Two schools, two countries, one mission - understanding world hunger

Repercussion Theatre

MONTREAL, MAY 16, 2012  Fifty Grade 10 Students from  Columbus International High School in  Ohio  visited with their counterparts at Marymount Academy in NDG on   May 10 to share in discussions regarding world hunger and famine.  They learned about this,   malnutrition and how Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim works with communities in crisis all over the world to provide nourishment and clean water to children and pregnant and nursing mothers.

Yara Sfeir, a program director and nutritionist specialized in malnutrition assessment, was the first to speak to students about the effects of malnutrition on children.   She described how ACF identifies malnourished children and provides them with essential nutrition.  In addition she explained how ACF provides parents and communities information about water sanitation and proper nutrition to the population.  

ACF Logistics Manager and Head of Human Resources  Joël Teurtrie spoke about how the organization is able to get goods like gasoline, and essential supplies to remote communities and how to use pictorgrams to communicate across language barriers.   He also addressed  what kinds of training and education are needed to work with organizations that provide relief efforts to communities in crisis.

The coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) at Marymount,  Ramin Khodaie, emphasizes that this exciting opportunity is part of the school’s growing agenda in terms of making global connections.  This was the first time that two groups of students from different countries and backgrounds met to discuss important issues affecting millions of people in the world today.  Students had the opportunity to share their ideas and collaborate on mini-group projects.  Geneviève Charette, the  ACF’s head of communications  and development,  was eager to work with students and hear what they had to say about hunger.   “If we can sensitize this generation, and  these young people’s openness and willingness to learn, this is where it starts.” says Genviève.

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Recognized as a world leader in the fight against hunger, Action against Hunger (ACF) has been fighting for over 30 years to end the injustice that is world hunger. Our teams diagnose and treat children suffering from malnutrition in over 45 countries. In 2010, 6.4 million people benefited from Action Against Hunger's programs in nutrition and health care, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene. Find out more at :


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