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The Share Experiment

an article by Haydee Pereyda & Luis Quero

Video: Experimento Comparte - Acción contra el Hambre

Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization which aims to combat malnutrition and ensure water and a secure life for the most vulnerable populations. They seek to eliminate hunger through campaigns of prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition. One of his most recent global campaigns is the share experiment.

Kids involved in "The Share Experiment"

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Share experiment is a media campaign of awareness which consists of a video where various pairs of children sitting with a covered tray appear and only one of those trays has food in it; this is not told to the children in order to ensure the purity and accuracy of the experiment. When recording the reactions each pair of children presents when they realize that only one of them has food on their tray, kind of reflecting the current situation of a large part of the world population, without thinking twice or ask for anything in return and in the more genuine and natural way, children with food divided and shared it with their partner who has none. The message that this experiment seeks to disseminate is that while we live in a world with the capacity in resources to feed the double of its total population, there are still 3.5 million children dying from acute malnutrition each year. The final argument is that we all should learn from their example. If this experiment has shown that children are able to share their food, because adults aren't able to do this on a larger scale. In that moment of a person's life breaks this paradigm of solidarity? In fact we have to relearn what we already knew in childhood?

This type of campaigns help to highlight the intrinsic characteristic of human kind which is solidarity and it promotes the exercise of it. If we as a society are capable of learning this and apply such campaigns within our communities, we would be taking an important step towards the establishment of a culture of peace in a local scale that could grow up later to reach a global scale.

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Question(s) related to this article:

Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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Latest reader comment:

It is my impression that more and more the new generation is looking for and finding ways to link up in international solidarity, not just in theory, but in actual travel, sharing each other's languages and cultural traditions, and engaging in collaborative projects.  This is being supported by a number of foundations and organizations, for which special mention belongs to the Youth Solidarity Fund of the United Nations project, Alliance of Civilizations, which was launched in 2006 on the basis of a report from 475 youth organizations around the world.

This renewed movement of youth solidarity comes at a time of increasing international crisis, and it can serve as the basis for a new approaches to replace an aging (dying?) system.

This report was posted on February, 21, 2012.

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