July 17 is the World Day for International Justice, an important holiday that celebrates treaty that created the International Criminal Court in 1998. Since that day, representatives from every region of the world have ratified it. (Click here to read more about this holiday from the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.)
Here at Food for the Hungry (FH) we don’t deal often with legal or criminal matters. But justice is so important to the eradication of poverty. In order for a society or community to function well and be prosperous, it must be free of human rights violations such as war, genocide, or rape.
However, FH cares a lot about the prevention of injustice. We hope to stop injustice in its tracks before it ever has the chance to take hold, and that means changing the worldview of those living in communities with a lot of strife, and building social bonds in others.
Here are three ways that FH is working to prevent more injustice and human rights violations from occurring:
Violence Prevention workshops
FH hold workshops in several fields to teach about healthy relationship within the family. We teach about marital peace and love and how to treat your children. This type of workshop creates a better understanding of respect for others, especially women and children. It gives the more vulnerable of these groups a voice and dignity. When people begin to see others through an empathetic lens, peace begins.
(Click here to read more about Violence Prevention)
An FH staff member trains a Peruvian mother on different topics related to parenting and violence prevention.
Savings groups create social bonds and social capital between group members. This way, groups can tackle injustices when they do occur in their communities. They are able to work together as a team to stand up for what’s right. Additionally, Savings Groups give people, especially women, knowledge on how to be financially independent and sustainable. They also learn how to read and write and literacy is a major factor in establishing success and power. By empowering those who have suffered without an education, we are leveling the playing field and creating equality within communities.
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The Ekota savings group in Bangladesh focuses on women’s literacy.
FH works with refugees in several places around the globe. Refugees are already victims of social injustice and in need of resources and security, but this can create problems for the host country. Tension often runs high between the residents of a host country and refugees as resources are stretched thin between the two groups. Food can often time be scarce. FH works to prevent this tension and ease relationship thereby preventing injustices between the hosts and the refugees. To do this in Northern Uganda, FH and various partners have arranged for the gifting of previously non-productive land to be cleared and prepared for farming by both hosts and refugees. We’ve distributed seed and tools so the land can be revitalized and the refugees have a food source without taking from the existing food availability for locals.
(Click here to read more about FH’s work with refugees)
Why Prevention is Important
FH believes that it is necessary for governments to work together through the law when injustice does occur, but how much better for injustice to be prevented. We want to see all people around the globe come together through Christ to learn how to love and treat each other well and how to work together as brothers and sisters.
We know you care about this too and we hope you’ll join us in the effort to prevent injustice. You can help just by clicking here and giving toward the cause.