World Food Day - A Community Volunteer Helps to Eradicate Hunger in India

World Food Day is October 16. A time when people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. In this blog we meet Seema, a community volunteer doing her part in India. #WFD2015 

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I met Seema on a hot, muggy afternoon in August in the center of India. After a larger group meeting with the community to discuss the work they are doing together with the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), we were able to find a more quiet moment to chat outside of her house.

Seema is a community volunteer for the newly begun Integrated Food Security program in her area. After CASA explained the goals of the program – supporting families to have sufficient food year-round, improving the management of the soils and water in their watershed, increasing awareness of government programs that they can take advantage of – Seema graciously stepped forward to help make it all happen.

As a volunteer, she keeps records at meetings to share with CASA and acts as a liaison between CASA staff and the community, informing her neighbors when there will be a visit, a distribution of materials, a training. As the program progresses, she will also likely get involved with monitoring the results – are trainings helping people to learn new things? Are farmers using new seeds and making compost? Are more women attending local government meetings? 

Sound like a full time job already? Seema does this in her free time. She also farms a small amount of land, has a sewing business, and is the mother to 3 children. As she calmly explained this all to me, I asked her if she ever had time to sleep. She just smiled and laughed. 

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Sara Delaney is the Senior Program Officer at Episcopal Relief & Development.

 

 

Images: Top, Notes taken by Seema. Bottom, Seema.


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