As many of you know that up until last year Zoe was in a homeschooling program that I co-wrote with my friend Kate O’Shea called Peace Travelers. The program has presently taken a hiatus but the “organization” is still meeting and we are still putting together programs and curriculums.
One of our favorite books are “One Hen, How one small loan made a big difference” by Katie Smith Milway. I may have even blogged about it before, I have read it to Zoe many times and it has sparked many a conversation. We have also gotten “If the World were Village “ from the library several times based on the quote I have pasted below, and also “One Well, the Story of Water on Earth”. Just this week did I realize that they are part of the same series Citizen Kid A Collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. The “Good Hen” reminds me a little of “Beatrices Goat “ by Page McBrier based on the Heiffer International approach when a new goat arrives in Beatrices poor Ugandan big changes can be made. Another element of these stories that I really like is that they can also fit into a georgraphy curriculum as each one is set in a different country, Uganda, Honduras, Ghana etc.
The connection was finding the book “The Good Garden- How one Family went from Hunger to Having Enough” by Katie Smith Milway and Illustrated by Sylvia Daigneault. Another fabulous book to set kids on the “Peace Traveling” path, helping them understand some of the issues while promoting global connectedness and community and the concept of world citizens. All simple stories about Big issues, Global Issues such as Food Security. Community, Water. There is also an interactive website connected the “The Good Garden” full of further activities for children aged 8-12ish
(The below statistics were derived from Donella Meadows “State of the Village Report” first published in 1990)
IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE OF 100 PEOPLE
In the world today, more than 6 billion people live.
If this world were shrunk to the size of a village of 100 people, what would it look like?
59 would be Asian
14 would be American (North, Central and South)
14 would be African
12 would be European
1 would be from the South Pacific
50 would be women, 50 would be men
30 would be children, 70 would be adults.
70 would be nonwhite, 30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual
33 would be Christians
21 would be Moslems
15 would be Hindus
6 would be Buddhists
5 would be Animists
6 would believe in other religions
14 would be without any religion or atheist.
15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin
The other would speak Indonesian, Japanese,
German, French, or some other language.
In such a village with so many sorts of folks, it would be very important to learn to understand people different from yourself and to accept others as they are. Of the 100 people in this village:
20 are underonurished
1 is dying of starvation, while 15 are overweight.
Of the wealth in this village, 6 people own 59% (all of them from the United States), 74 people own 39%, and 20 people share the remaining 2%.
Of the energy of this village, 20 people consume 80%, and 80 people share the remaining 20%.
20 have no clean, safe water to drink.
56 have access to sanitation
15 adults are illiterate.
1 has an university degree.
7 have computers.
In one year, 1 person in the village will die, but in the same year, 2 babies will be born, so that at the year’s end the number of villagers will be 101.
If you do not live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.
If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.
If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8.
If you can read this message, that means you are probably lucky!