Thanks to the Australian Catholic community, in 2014, nearly $11 million was raised for Project Compassion which helps Caritas Australia partner with the world’s poorest communities. Your generous funds are helping us to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity in over 35 countries worldwide.
In 2015, Project Compassion focuses on the right to food, with year-round access to nutritious, affordable and sustainable food.
There is enough food produced in the world, yet over one billion people worldwide go hungry every day. And, as Pope Francis noted in 2013, around one-third of all food produced in our planet goes to waste.
“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” said the Pontiff.
It is a crisis. There is enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people go hungry each day. This is exacerbated by financial speculation on food, diversion of food sources to energy production, food wastage, and difficulties of accessing markets. The right to food protects the right of all human beings to live in dignity, free from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
With the generous support from communities across Australia, Caritas Australia is working with our worldwide partners to empower vulnerable people to establish sustainable food sources and develop income streams for life, such as access to markets to sell their produce.
Food for Life, the theme of this year’s Project Compassion campaign, aligns with the Caritas Internationalis global campaign, One Human Family; Food for All, which aims to end global hunger by 2025. This movement is focused on equality, dignity and justice for all – a world where every child, woman and man can have an equal share of the abundant world that God created.
By encouraging sustainable food production, where the needs of communities and their broader environment are considered, we’re ensuring a better future for communities around the world.
Eric and Ma’s story – growing food for life