Last month I was at the launch of the Craftivist Jigsaw Project #imapiece which is a collaboration between Save the Children in the UK and the Craftivist Collective.
The idea behind the project is to get UK Prime Minister David Cameron to make sure that doing something (preferably something towards ending it!) about world hunger is really high on the agenda at the G8 meeting next year. It will be held in the UK, so Mr Cameron is the host of the meeting.
Ending world hunger is a pretty big task, obviously, so it's important to raise awareness and to make sure that politicians know that it's something they need to focus on. And not just say "it's terrible, something should be done."
And you know, the politicians work for us. Although it may not always seem that way! So we need to tell them when something is important. That is what this project is all about. It's you and me, telling our local members of parliament to make a difference, by reminding Mr Cameron to put this subject at the top of the agenda next year.
Every hour of every single day, 300 children die because they don’t get enough of the right food. [source]300 children die every hour. Do the math on that. It's a staggering amount. More than 2.5 million children every year. And just because they don't get the right food. Or any food at all!
This is one of the puzzle pieces I'm working on.
Anyone can get involved! It's really easy. You don't even have to leave your sofa if you don't want to!
You can get involved with the project by stitching three puzzle pieces with thought provoking and encouraging messages:
- Stitch a puzzle piece to send or give to your local MP
- Stitch a second piece to send to the Craftivist Collective to be included in an installation next year
- Stitch a third puzzle piece to keep, to remind yourself that you're making a difference.
Visit the Craftivist Collective to download a template and to read more about it. The project is spear-headed by some excellent people from the craft community: Hilary Pullen of Craft Blog UK, Mr X Stitch, Deadly Knitshade and Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective.
This is a UK project, but since world hunger is such a big issue and it affects the whole world, you're welcome to take part even if you live somewhere else!
Thank you for reading this. Please be a piece of the solution. :-)