ELCA World Hungerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/2015 ELCA World Hunger Education & Networking Grants - apply now!Gina Tonnhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646<div class="ExternalClass06336CA4962047BA83A55880B7156B16"><p><strong>ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grants</strong></p><p><em>2015 Request for Proposals </em></p><p>The ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants program is designed to support local programs in ELCA congregations, groups and/or synods. The grant opportunity encourages ELCA congregation, groups and/or synods to think creatively about educating, mobilizing, and expanding their networks to increase awareness of the root causes of and solutions to hunger. </p><p>Education grants can be used for events, educational programs or the development of shareable resources. For networking proposals, congregation-based and synod-based hunger leader events and trainings will be prioritized. </p><p>We are looking for proposals submitted by a non-profit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or organization that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3). Proposals must&#58;</p><ol><li>Provide a short (2-3 paragraphs) description of your congregation, group or organization and a narrative of the context in which the project, event or initiative will take place. This should clearly show what your program, congregation or group is attempting to address and how the proposal relates to the current priorities of ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking. </li><li>Summarize how the project, event or initiative will&#58; </li><ol><li>Educate and engage ELCA congregations, groups, and/or synods;</li><li>Influence this church body toward better action and engagement against hunger and poverty; and</li><li>Encourage sustainable participation in the anti-hunger work of ELCA World Hunger past the conclusion of the project, event or initiative. </li></ol><li>Provide a clear &quot;goal statement&quot; that summarizes the direction and focus of the program and defines the scope. </li><li>For education proposals, please list the learning objectives and audience for the event, resource or initiative which the grant will support.</li><li>List two or three specific, measurable outcomes by which the success of your proposal will be evaluated.</li><ol><li>At least one <em>process outcome</em>&#58; What activities will be completed in what specific time period?</li><li>At least one <em>impact outcome</em>&#58; What are the expected results – what change, by how much, where and when?</li></ol><li>Summarize the implementation strategies and methods and/or sustainability of your plan (identifying additional sources of funding if needed). If the project, event or initiative is an annual or cyclical occurrence, or you have previously applied for an ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking Grant, please include a summary of how you plan to create a self-sustaining program or how the program has grown and changed since the last grant received. </li><li>Demonstrate an ELCA connection with one letter of support by an ELCA pastor, bishop, or Lutheran agency/institution that explains how a relationship between the organization and ELCA World Hunger impacts/enhances each other's work and furthers the objectives and guidelines of ELCA World Hunger. </li><li>Include your organization's name, address, contact person, email, phone number, and tax ID number with your proposal.</li><li>The amount of funding you are seeking in a budget for the event, project or initiative using the format below&#58;</li></ol><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;33.33%;"><strong>Item</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;33.33%;"><strong>Amount</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width&#58;33.33%;"><strong>Explanation</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Put the line item label here.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Put the line item cost here.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Describe how you came to that amount (show your calculations, if relevant). You may also use this section to further explain why you need this cost covered, if you believe that is not clear from the proposal.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>&#160;</p><p>Proposals will be reviewed throughout the year. All proposals must be received by <strong>December 31, 2015</strong> to be considered for funding. </p><p>If you have any questions please email <a href="mailto&#58;hunger@elca.org"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><em>hunger@elca.org</em></span></a>. </p></div>12/01/2015Hunger and Higher Education: The Campus Kitchens ProjectElyssa J. Salinashttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/667http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/667<div class="ExternalClassA5C4CE7E118E43A1B562CD96C50C4178"><p style="text-align&#58;right;">​<img alt="" style="width&#58;411px;margin&#58;5px;" />August 27, 2015<br></p><p>Last night I went to the grocery store near closing, and I noticed how much food was still out in the produce section. There was an abundance of avocados, a plethora of pears and a bounty of bananas. There was no way that this would sell out by closing, so I wondered, what will happen to this food? </p><p>When we throw out our garbage, how much is food waste? We throw away leftovers, excess food that goes bad and remnants from our cooking. In larger settings like restaurants and schools, much of the food prepared for large groups may go unused. Food waste is astronomical in the United States, but how does that compare to the multitudes of people who go hungry every day? The Campus Kitchens Project, based in Washington, D.C., is working to raise awareness about food waste and hunger and to help college and university students do something about both.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CKP_Infographic_v06.png"><img alt="ckp.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20World%20Hunger/Browse/ckp.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;baseline;" /></a></p><p>The project makes use of the leftover, quality food from schools and grocery stores that would otherwise be wasted and uses it for meals in the community. Students run Campus Kitchens at their university or college and are able to have hands-on experience in running a non-profit initiative while working with partners in their local communities. There are currently <a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/mission/">45 schools</a> that are part of this initiative, which spans the country from coast to coast. <a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/why-we-do-what-we-do/">The project's mission is to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities through empowering and educating students about what they can do to combat food insecurity in this country.</a> </p><p><a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/how-we-do-it/">Every Campus Kitchen has the same general model to combat food insecurity in its community.</a> Waste is curbed with food recovery that takes uneaten, quality food from places like campus dining services or local grocery stores. There is meal preparation, which trains volunteers to use the donations to create balanced and healthy meals. Meals are delivered to organizations or families in the area where the students make connections with the recipients. These connections enable the students to get a better understanding of the issue of hunger through relationships and conversations. These Campus Kitchens also provide education and empowerment to families in the community, including culinary training with unemployed adults and children's programs on nutrition. </p><p>Through an <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646">Education and Networking Grant, </a>ELCA World Hunger has helped support The Campus Kitchens Project's work to promote opportunity and raise awareness about food insecurity. &#160;ELCA World Hunger and the project agree that hunger cannot be solved by food alone. Education, advocacy and, especially, building relationships within communities are key parts in stopping hunger for good. At Campus Kitchens, as at many ELCA World Hunger-supported ministry sites, food is an entry point for a deeper, long-lasting relationship with neighbors. </p><p>To learn more about The Campus Kitchens Project please visit <a href="http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/start-a-kitchen/">http&#58;//www.campuskitchens.org/start-a-kitchen/</a> or email Matt Schnarr, the Expansion and Partnerships Manager at <a href="mailto&#58;mschnarr@campuskitchens.org">mschnarr@campuskitchens.org</a>.</p><p>To learn more about ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants, visit <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646">http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/646</a>. </p><p><br></p><p><em>Elyssa Salinas is program assistant for hunger education with ELCA World Hunger.&#160; Please direct comments or questions to Hunger@ELCA.org.</em><br></p><p>&#160;</p></div>08/27/2015Cleaner Cooking in BangladeshRyan P. Cumminghttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/666http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/666<div class="ExternalClassFE0C90F3BACA40D784AA51969421FEFA"><p style="text-align&#58;right;"><strong>August 20, 2015</strong><br></p><p>Ramoni Rani and her husband, Nor Uttam Hawlader, live in the village of Rajakhali in Bangladesh with their two sons. Like many Bangladeshi farmers, Ramoni and Nor use wood-burning stoves to cook food in their homes. The cost for fuel for the stoves can be very high for families with limited incomes, around 4,000-4,500 takas (about $50-57 per month). Wood-burning cookstoves also produce a lot of smoke, a key culprit in many health problems. <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/entity/quantifying_ehimpacts/national/countryprofile/bangladesh.pdf?ua=1">In fact, a 2009 profile of Bangladesh from the World Health Organization found that indoor air pollution contributes to nearly 50,000 deaths every year</a>. Ramoni, Nor and their children suffered from respiratory illnesses and eye problems because of the smoke in their homes.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20World%20Hunger/Browse/Case%20Story%20on%20Improved%20Stove.jpg" alt="Case Story on Improved Stove.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;vertical-align&#58;middle;" /></p><p>Because of problems related to health, the cost of fuel and the risk of indoor fires, the Bangladesh Science and Industry Research Council developed an improved cookstove called &quot;bondhu chula.&quot; Yet, a <a href="http&#58;//news.yale.edu/2012/06/29/despite-efforts-change-bangladeshi-women-prefer-use-pollution-causing-cookstoves">Yale Univer<span id="part1"><span></span></span>sity study</a> published in 2009 found that many Bangladeshis are reluctant to use improved cookstoves for a variety of reasons. Some of the Bangladeshis they surveyed didn't know how to use the new stoves. Many had never even seen an improved cookstove. Nearly all worried about the cost.</p><p>Addressing some of these difficulties, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh, supported in part by ELCA World Hunger, introduced bondhu chula<em> </em>stoves to 256 women, with significant, far-reaching goals&#58;</p><ul><li>reduce cost of fuel for cooking;</li><li>reduce the rate of respiratory infections and eye problems; </li><li>reduce the time women spent cooking;</li><li>reduce the number of trees cut down for cooking fuel; and</li><li>reduce carbon emissions from stoves.</li></ul><p>By giving women in the Dumki Upazilla region of Bangladesh the improved cookstoves and offering training in using them, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh helped many women provide a safer, cleaner and more affordable way to cook for their families. Ramoni and Nor, who participated in the program, found that the new stoves cut their costs and the time they spent cooking in half. Now the health problems they and their sons had are all but gone, and Ramoni and Nor can spend the extra money on taking care of their children. </p><p>The use of more efficient cookstoves is also a step toward better care of creation in Bangladesh.&#160; <a href="http&#58;//www.fao.org/docrep/011/i0350e/i0350e00.htm">According to a 2009 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, nearly 2,000 hectares of forest are lost in the country every year</a>. This results in a &quot;serious imbalance in the environment of Bangladesh,&quot; according to representatives of Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh. This makes the increased use of improved cookstoves – and the country's growing emphasis on planting trees – even more important.&#160; </p><p>By providing clean, efficient cookstoves to Ramoni, Nor and more than 250 other people, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh is meeting the significant goals of its program. Slowing the deforestation of rural Bangladesh, improving the air quality in homes, and freeing time and money for other activities are made possible in part because of gifts to ELCA World Hunger. This sustainable solution to deforestation, indoor air pollution, and high costs for fuel is an innovative way Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh is making an impact, while demonstrating how care of creation can make good economic sense for families.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Ryan P. Cumming, Ph.D., is program director for hunger education with ELCA World Hunger.&#160; He can be reached at Ryan.Cumming@ELCA.org.</em><br></p></div>08/20/2015Hunger and Higher EducationElyssa Salinashttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/665http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/665<div class="ExternalClass8A6AC38163E54A28ACAAFBAB53D4FC16"><p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I never thought that I would use a food pantry, but my first year in seminary changed that. I came to campus with barely enough money for a few school supplies and a meager pantry. It was embarrassing and I honestly thought I was the only one who needed help. My family was unable to help and I was anxious how I would survive the school year. On the day of orientation there was a bunch of announcements, but one in particular gave me a sense of belonging. There was an announcement about a food pantry on campus, where everyone was welcome. At first I was embarrassed as I walked toward the empty gym, but then I saw my classmates smiling and asking if I had enough for the week. There was no shame or stigma, just the honesty of our situation as students. </p><p class="MsoNormal"><img hspace="12" align="left" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20World%20Hunger/Browse/081814-feeding-america_graphic.png" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;281px;" />In recent years, college and graduate students are becoming the new face of food insecurity in the United States. The stigma usually associated with food and higher education is the weight gain associated with the glibly titled “freshman fifteen” (a fact in my experience), but now students have a different worry&#58; how am I going to pay for food this week? </p><p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http&#58;//healthland.time.com/2014/01/28/new-worry-for-college-students-food-insecurity/">A study done at Western Oregon University found that 59% of students were categorized as food insecure</a>. Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as, <a href="http&#58;//www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/measurement.aspx">“limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”</a> There could be many reasons for students to be vulnerable to food insecurity for instance, <a href="http&#58;//healthland.time.com/2014/01/28/new-worry-for-college-students-food-insecurity/">rising tuition costs, not qualifying for food stamps, cost of living, or the shifting demographic of students that come from low income groups or are first generation children of immigrants.</a><span>&#160; </span><a href="http&#58;//higheredtoday.org/2015/06/29/fighting-food-insecurity-on-campus/">The 2008 recession was also a significant factor for many students</a>. </p><p>The consequences for students facing food insecurity are steep. They include links to depression and lower academic performance, because how can you focus on a test when you are unsure of where your next meal is coming from? </p><p>Many campuses have started to respond to this reality through relief programs. <a href="http&#58;//www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-higher-learning-food-20150803-story.html"><em>According to a report in the Los Angeles Times</em>, there were nearly 200 food pantries or banks for students across the country by August 2015.</a>&#160; Yet there is also a great deal of stigma surrounding hunger, so students are hesitant to talk about it. Although I had a great deal of support from my school and I confided in close family, this is the first time I am publically acknowledging my food insecurity. &#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.hs.iastate.edu/news/2014/12/19/shop/">Aware of this, some campuses have developed new models of pantries to alleviate stigma</a>.&#160; There are also programs that allow students to donate unused &quot;swipes&quot; of their meal cards to fellow students or other members of the community.</p><p>In a parable from Matthew 25, Jesus reminds us that when we feed one another, we are also feeding him. &quot;Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me&quot; (Matt. 25&#58;40b). When I was given that first handful of food from one of my peers, I was overjoyed that I would be fed and I was comforted that my community was helping to feed me. </p><p>To learn more about starting a campus food pantry, see this <a href="https&#58;//www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CDEQFjADahUKEwiWq6fuv5THAhXJkA0KHR0lBI4&amp;url=http&#58;//www.oregonfoodbank.org/~/media/files/so%2520you%2520want%2520to%2520start%2520a%2520campus%2520food%2520pantrypdf.pdf&amp;ei=iljDVZa-KMmhNp3KkPAI&amp;usg=AFQjCNG23xGmaTzBrHeCeESJD-ItEtpvyQ&amp;cad=rja">handy guide from the Oregon Food Bank</a>.</p><p>To learn more about swipe programs, see <a href="http&#58;//www.swipehunger.org/">Swipe Out Hunger</a>.</p><p>Look for a post on our blog next week about the Campus Kitchens Project, a partner of ELCA World Hunger!</p><p><em>Elyssa Salinas is the program assistant for hunger education with ELCA World Hunger.&#160; She can be reached at Hunger@ELCA.org.</em><br></p></div>08/06/2015Hungry. And surrounded by foodJenny Sharrickhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/664http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/664<div class="ExternalClass410666EF58464A4A9759D939815074DB"><p>August 3, 2015<br></p><p><br></p><p>I have a very complex relationship with food. I absolutely love it. My favorite food changes almost daily because there are so many incredible ones from which to choose. So many flavors to experience within a short life. But often food does not love me. Or perhaps, a better way to explain it is that my body does not love food. You see, I have an intestinal disorder called Crohn's disease. It means that portions of my 22 feet of small intestines can become ulcerated (like a bunch of open sores, but on the inside) and inflamed. Crohn's disease, along with ulcerative colitis, is part of a group of diseases known as Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (IBD), which affect 1.6 million Americans.<sup>1</sup> </p><p>Personally, I don't like to draw attention to my illness and generally I give a non-committal non-answer when people ask how it affects me&#58; &quot;I have good days and bad days; but I'm always hopeful for more good than bad.&quot; It's hard to talk about an illness that is invisible to everyone else. It's even harder to talk about an illness when it presents with the symptoms of Crohn's. And sometimes, I would just rather pretend that my body is healthy and that nothing is wrong. But the reality is that it always affects my body and sometimes it means I'm in excruciating pain when I eat. &#160;</p><p>But the worst part of all is not the lack of food. It's the lack of fellowship. We encounter Christ at The Table. And we encounter Christ around our tables at home with friends, family, and new acquaintances. When we want to &quot;catch up&quot; with others, the first instinct is to grab lunch, ice cream or go for coffee. Without the ability to eat, it becomes nearly impossible for fellowship, communion, and emotional support. </p><p>Crohn's can be so isolating. I can find ways to sneak in enough calories to survive until tomorrow with easily digested foods such as pureed baby food or nutritional shakes, but it's harder to find ways to sneak in authentic time and experiences with friends that don't end up exhausting me further. It's hard to find those moments to say &quot;I really need to be in fellowship with you, but I can't continue to pretend like going out for Indian food isn't the worst idea I've had all week. Can we just sit here on my couch and chat without any refreshments?&quot; </p><p>I spend a lot of my life thinking about various aspects food. My favorite de-stressing activity is to bake any and all desserts (I'd be lying if I didn't say I also love eating desserts, too!). I'm always in search of a good recipe on Pinterest. I am on my synod's &quot;(anti-) hunger team&quot; within the ELCA. My congregation is involved in anti-hunger ministries including a food pantry and a food co-op. My research focus for my Masters in Public Health (MPH) is rural food insecurity. I even come from a long line of food-growers. Some day I will inherit one and a half farms in Nebraska (although truthfully I know very little about the actual process of growing food other than what I've gleaned from my unsuccessful ventures in gardening and what I've heard about the process of farming around the dinner table growing up). The thing I'm most looking forward to when I return home to Nebraska is my weekly bag of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, eggs, honey and freshly baked bread from local farmers and producers. </p><p>Even after all that thinking and reflecting on different aspects of food, I still struggle daily with what it means to come to the T(t)able and not be able to eat, regardless of the reason. </p><p>Food is everywhere. It's engrained in my life and also in yours. It's in the news (the newest fad diets, research about what we should or should not eat, advertising campaigns about food), and it's in our homes and most places we visit. It makes sense. Food is literally life-sustaining. But now, more than ever, I can recognize how much fear and anxiety food can cause for people. </p><p>I have never been without access to enough food. I've been lucky enough to be food secure my whole life. I've always known that I can find food. But I can resonate with the 49 million people in the United States who are food insecure.<sup>2</sup> Even more so with those who are food insecure <em>and </em>have IBD, an eating disorder or a food allergy.</p><p>I am often also hungry for the communion with others that comes from breaking bread, salad and casserole around the table. </p><p>Sometimes &quot;feeding the hungry&quot; also includes those of us who would give anything to be seated with you, but can't. Can't because of allergies. Can't because our psychological relationship with food is disordered, for example, by anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders. Or can't because of tiny pockets of inflammation that we don't like talking about. </p><p>We are often surrounded by a sea of food but still drowning in our inability to eat any of it. </p><p><br></p><p><em>Jenny Sharrick is the 2015 summer intern with Constituent Engagement with ELCA World Hunger.</em><br></p><p>&#160;</p><p><sup>1</sup> <a href="http&#58;//online.ccfa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TS_homepage">http&#58;//online.ccfa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TS_homepage</a><sup> </sup></p><p><sup>2</sup><a href="http&#58;//www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/our-research/map-the-meal-gap/child-food-insecurity-executive-summary.html?referrer=https&#58;//www.google.com/">http&#58;//www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/our-research/map-the-meal-gap/child-food-insecurity-executive-summary.html?referrer=https&#58;//www.google.com/</a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;</p></div>08/03/2015Water-Related Activities for YouthAnna Smithhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/663http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAWorldHunger/663<div class="ExternalClass7BF5C70F69EC473EB72260445A27ACB8"><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>ELCA Walk for Water</strong></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCAWFWDoItYourself.pdf?_ga=1.233895518.1771666077.1433451549"><span>Do-it-Yourself Track Experience</span></a></span> ELCA World Hunger</p><p>This guide features all the information necessary to recreate the interaction Walk for Water track in your own community or congregation. </p><p><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Local/ Personal Context&#58;</strong></span></p><p><a href="https&#58;//d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/polarisinstitute/pages/85/attachments/original/1424217600/SCI_Investigating_Local_Water_%28FINAL%29.pdf?1424217600">Community Mapping</a> Pg. 6. Produced by Polaris Institute. </p><p>A lesson that gives youth the chance to explore water in the place they call home and create a local context by mapping out the water resources in their surrounding area.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="http&#58;//pov-tc.pbs.org/pov/film-files/pov_thirst_lessonplan_lesson_plan_0.pdf">Lesson Plan&#58; 'Thirst</a>' Written by Terri Carta. Produced by PBS. </p><p>This is a discussion guide to supplement the hour long documentary <em>Thirst.</em> Although the full video is currently unavailable online, this guide is an important learning and activity resource. It touches on themes of water privatization and The Commons. The guide features a mock town hall meeting activity surrounding the city council, citizens and water supplier's role in privatization issues.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="https&#58;//d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/polarisinstitute/pages/88/attachments/original/1420756456/CIV_Water_Perspectives_-_Conflict___Action_%28FULL%29.pdf?1420756456">Water Bingo</a> Pg. 7. Produced by Polaris Institute. </p><p>This game allows youth to interact with each other by filling out spaces with information like &quot;has heard of or been to a protest to protect water,&quot; or &quot;has had to boil or filter their water for it to be safe enough to drink.&quot; </p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/">Water Footprint Calculator</a> Made by National Geographic. </p><p>An online, interactive resource that allows people to calculate much water they consume based on a variety of factors such as their home, diet and energy consumption.</p><p>&#160;</p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Global Context&#58;</strong></span></p><p><a href="http&#58;//thewaterproject.org/resources/download/TheWaterProject-TeachingGuide-MSHS.pdf">Lesson&#58; Village Voices</a> Pg. 24. Produced by The Water Project. </p><p>This is a simulation which gives youth an insight into solutions to water crises from various perspectives&#58; Geologist, Climatologist, Public Health Officer or Village Elder. </p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Water_and_Hunger.pdf?_ga=1.176839525.137310556.1433257944">Race to Development</a> Water &amp; Hunger Toolkit. ELCA World Hunger. </p><p>This activity is a simulation which informs youth about the difficulty to obtain water daily faced specifically by women. They will go through a variety of tasks listed on situation cards.</p><p><br> </p><p><a href="http&#58;//static.water.org/docs/curriculums/WaterOrg%20HighCurric15.pdfThis">Tragedy of the Water Commons</a> Produced by Water.org. </p><p>A lesson guide that introduces youth to The Tragedy of the Commons by using an interactive, visual representation. This resource also helps youth connect The Tragedy of the Commons to the global water crisis.</p><p><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Creating and Building&#58;</strong></span></p><p><a href="http&#58;//water.epa.gov/learn/kids/drinkingwater/activity_grades_9-12_buildyourownwatershed.cfm">Build Your Own Watershed</a> Produced by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. </p><p>This activity allows youth to learn about the importance and creation of watersheds while also discussing the pollution issue watersheds are facing. </p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//static.water.org/docs/curriculums/WaterOrg%20HighCurric13.pdf">Mock Muck</a> Produced by Water.org. </p><p>In this activity, youth will attempt to purify dirty water using various techniques. </p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//teachers.egfi-k12.org/lesson-way-to-flow-water-irrigation/">Way to Flow – Water Irrigation</a> Written by Jaimie Schock. Produced by TryEngineering. </p><p>Irrigation is a very crucial component of water issues around the world as it helps farmers sustain their livelihood. This activity gives youth the opportunity to learn about irrigation systems by designing and creating their own. </p><p>&#160;</p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Discussion and Advocacy&#58;</strong></span></p><p><a href="http&#58;//thewaterproject.org/resources/download/TheWaterProject-Water-Society-HS.pdf">Water and Society&#58; Day Two</a> Pg. 5. &#160;Produced by The Water Project.</p><p>This guide includes a game to introduce youth to what a commodity is and leads into a discussion/ debate about if water is a human right or a commodity. &#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Waters%20of%20the%20United%20States_Backgrounder.pdf?_ga=1.36755168.1771666077.1433451549">Waters of the United States&#58; Enforcing the Clean Water Act</a> Produced by ELCA Advocacy. Coupled with the resource- <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Writing_To_Congress.pdf?_ga=1.36755168.1771666077.1433451549">Writing to Public Officials</a> </p><p>These resources can be used to encourage youth to get involved with water-related advocacy. </p><p><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><strong>Final Reflection Resources&#58;</strong></span></p><p><a href="https&#58;//d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/polarisinstitute/pages/88/attachments/original/1420756456/CIV_Water_Perspectives_-_Conflict___Action_%28FULL%29.pdf?1420756456">Becoming Changemakers</a> Made by Polaris Institute. </p><p>This is a great resource to help youth generate ideas and examples of action that they can take with water crises. </p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Water_and_Hunger.pdf?_ga=1.176839525.137310556.1433257944">Closing and Action</a> section of Water Toolkit. </p><p>This can be a really helpful reference to give ideas for future involvement with water issues.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="https&#58;//salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50750/images/Final%20Earth%20Day%202014%20CJM.pdf?key=73550321">Water, Holy Water</a> (Must fill out information before downloading). &#160;Produced by Creation Justice Ministries. &#160;</p><p>This resource has information about various topics surrounding water, but also gives ideas for creating a water themed worship service.</p><p>&#160;</p><p><em>Anna Smith is an ELCA World Hunger intern working with Hunger Education this summer. She is currently a student at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.</em></p></div>07/28/2015