Twenty young people and three staff from Brownedge St Mary’s in Preston participated in the Hungry For Change Challenge held at Lee House near Chipping. They took on the role of an indigenous community living in Brazil. Their community was based on an ethos of deep respect for nature and all living things but cruelly they where kicked out of their ancestral home by land grabbers. They were forced to live on the margins of society trying to earn a basic living by trading what they had with greedy traders who wanted to buy their commodities at the lowest possible price to sell and make massive profits on the international market. Their way of life was destroyed by fellow human beings who were more interested in profit than people or nature.
The young people were a credit to their school entering into the simulation with great enthusiasm. This is what they had to say:
We learnt that the way we treat each other and the way we treat the natural world are intimately connected.
Our community had been living a simple life in harmony with nature but we were forced into poverty … we joined the 800 million people across the world who go hungry everyday.
This project, run by the trustees of Volunteer in Brazil, was made possible through the support given by CAFOD’s Development Awareness Fund. Next week, a group of primary school children from St Mary’s Chipping will be taking up the Hungry for Change Challenge.
Fr David Chinnery, parish priest of St Wilfrid’s in Longridge and Lee House, played his part in making this a special day of learning, fun and reflection.