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Fo o d m a ze and more!
Cook up som e ways TO H E LP O T H E R S !
Illustration by Josh Lewis
In this issue we will learn more about food in the developing world. Millions of kids around the world don’t have enough to eat. Read about what kids in the U.S. are doing to help, and learn about ways you can help, too!
Compassionate Kids Crafts, Recipes and Projects Science Is So Fun! What Does God Say About … ? Just for Grins and Giggles
About the Cover Rogen lives on Bantayan island in the Philippines. Rogen’s father is a fisherman, and the family often eats shellfish.
Compassion Explorer Magazine is published three times per year by Compassion International. © Compassion International 2012. All rights reserved.
Learn all about food in the developing world with fun maze and match games!
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Welcome to My World! Ever wonder what people eat in other countries? Go to these pages PAGE to find out! 4
Powerful Prayers PAGE
Cook Up Some Ways to Help Kids! PAGE
ANSWERS Hungry for More, Page 13. 1. India 2. Philippines 3. Mexico 4. Ghana 5. Brazil
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WRITERS AND CONTRIBUTORS Lorie Barnes, Orfa Cerrato, Edwin Estioko, Bernard Gbagba, Gwen Hersha, Paul Henri Kabore, Leanna Summers, Tonny Tunya, Tuangporn Wiroonchatapunth
EDITOR Leanna Summers
PHOTOGRAPHERS Chuck Bigger, Orfa Cerrato, Edwin Estioko, Bernard Gbagba, Paul Henri Kabore, Tonny Tunya, Sharon Tincher, Tuangporn Wiroonchatapunth
PROOFREADING AND EDITING Suellen Wenz, Dan Benson, Debby Weaver
DESIGNERS Josh Lewis and Callie Wilburn PRINT PRODUCTION Michelle Dana QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? Email us at email@example.com or write to Compassion International, Attn: Compassion Explorer Magazine Editor, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.
Illustration by Luke Flowers
On the Path to a Full Meal
Hunger is a big problem for the poorest kids around the world. There is enough food to go around, but lots of kids don’t get enough to eat because their parents can’t afford it. These American kids heard about the problem and decided to do something about it! Paige, Age 9 Idaho Paige read a Compassion Explorer story about two sisters who work in a dump and even dig through the dump for food. She was sad and wanted to do something to help. Paige says, “I complain when I have to work. They earn money in ugly conditions. Who’d want to work in trash? I thought about my life versus theirs. I thought maybe I could help them.” Paige asked her teacher to help her write a letter and sent the letter to everyone at her school to see if they could help. Paige’s goal was to raise $100, and she raised $144.60!
Juliana, Age 11, Krystian, Age 9, and Elissa, Age 7 California When Juliana, Krystian and Elissa heard about food shortages in Africa, they set out to find a way to help. They recycled aluminum cans and earned $51 to send for Compassion’s Global Food Crisis Fund! WINTER 2012
ALIMATOU Age 9
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Alimatou helps prepare food to cook baag-benda. It is a sauce made from sorrel, a bitter leafy plant that tastes like tart strawberries. It is often eaten with oil and hot peppers.
What do kids in other countries eat? Read on to find out! ZAKARIA Age 10
Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia Zakaria lives with his mother and father and six brothers and sisters. His father collects garbage and makes about $75 per month. Zakaria eats half a boiled duck egg with rice most days because they are the cheapest foods. Sometimes, if the family can afford it, he also eats fish and tempe (temp-pay — a cake made from soybeans).
JASPER Age 6
Benguet City, Philippines Jasper shares his small lunch with five other people in his family. He eats steamed rice and a few green beans. For dinner, they will eat any rice that is left over. Millions of children in the Philippines like Jasper don’t get enough to eat. These kids can get sick and often don’t have enough energy to play and study.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds. WINTER 2012
DANIEL Age 10
Momotombo, Nicaragua Daniel lives with his grandparents. There are eight people in his home. In Daniel’s small town, people can only farm or fish to make money. Many families don’t own land for farming or a boat for fishing. So they must rent the land or boat. Only Daniel’s grandfather has a job. He milks cows and cleans a farm. He makes $26.60 per week.
Today’s Meal 1 2 3
beans $0.82 cooking oil $1.86 pinolillo $0.13
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rice $0.38 bread $0.22
(a drink made from corn and cocoa)
WHAT CAUSES HUNGER IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD? Poverty
People who are poor cannot afford to buy food.
PRAKAIRAT Age 11
Chiang-Mai, Thailand Prakairat lives with her father and mother. They are farmers and grow rice and vegetables.
Some leaders keep money for themselves so people don’t make enough money to buy food.
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People must flee to refugee camps and have to leave their jobs and farms.
When it floods or doesn’t rain, people’s crops are ruined. Food and seed prices also increase.
Today’s Meal 1
a raw vegetable, similar to lettuce
Bai Bua Bok [buy-booah-boak] boiled vegetables
Nam Prik Pla [nahm-prick-plah] fish with hot chilies
Ta Paw Paw [tah-paw-paw] boiled rice with bamboo shoots
In the Bible, God asks us to pray to Him when we are happy or sad. Here are some prayer requests from kids who are having a hard time. Are their prayers similar to yours? When you pray, remember to pray for them, too.
“I want God to love me. I don’t have a mother like my friends. So I want God to love me.”
PIERRE AGE 7, TOGO
“May God touch my father to go to church. He is not a Christian.”
JACKY AGE 8, TOGO
“We need money. My father often doesn’t earn enough to buy our daily breakfast, lunch and snack.”
ALESSANDRA AGE 10, PHILIPPINES
“I pray that our home will get repaired because whenever it rains it drips inside our house.”
ANA AGE 13, PHILIPPINES
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – 1 Philippians 4:6
“There was a flood in our area and water took away all my clothes. May God give me some clothes.”
DANIEL AGE 8, TOGO
“I live with my grandmother who is crippled. A lot of people don’t love her. I want God to make people love my grandmother.”
ELISABETH AGE 10, TOGO
BY LORIE BARNES
Tasty Dried Apples Adult help needed. Makes about 24 apple slices. Some Compassion child development centers teach kids how to make and sell dried fruit to help them earn money when they are older. You can make some yummy dried fruit too with this easy recipe! Ingredients and Supplies 1 or 2 tart apples 2 tbsp. lemon juice mixed with 1 Â˝ c. ice water in a gallon-sized plastic bag 1 tbsp. sugar mixed with 2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional) aluminum foil 1 cookie sheet 1 raised ovenproof cooling rack paring knife paper towels
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.
Wash, core and slice the apples as thinly as possible.
Place the apple slices in your plastic bag, cover with the liquid, and seal the bag. After about 5 minutes remove the apple slices and blot them dry with paper towels.
Place aluminum foil on the cookie sheet.
Place the cooling rack on the cookie sheet.
Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on top of the cooling rack so that the apples are not touching.
Sprinkle the slices with the sugar and cinnamon and place them in the oven.
Bake for 2.5 to 3 hours. Apples should be slightly golden brown and shriveled up a bit when finished.
Package them in an air-tight container and enjoy within a week!
Peruvian Potatoes With Huancaina
(hwan-ki-ee-nah — Cheese Sauce) Adult help needed. Serves 4. Traditionally served cold.
Ingredients and Supplies 4 or 5 medium potatoes ½ lb. of Monterey Jack cheese ½ Mexican hot pepper, chopped 1 c. evaporated milk ¼ c. vegetable oil 1 garlic clove salt and pepper to taste medium cooking pot filled with water blender paring knife cutting board
Wash the potatoes and pepper.
Bring water to a boil and cook potatoes in water for about 10 minutes, or until soft.
2 pieces of cardboard cut into 4 x 6-inch bread-slice shapes
Chop the pepper and remove seeds.
Cut cheese into chunks.
Blend the cheese, pepper, milk, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, add more milk. Enjoy!
yarn, ribbon or metal rings 5 pieces of paper cut into 4 x 6-inch bread-slice shapes pencil markers, crayons or colored pencils
Make this book, and each day write an idea or draw a picture about how God provides for you!
With your hole punch, make two holes on the left side of your “bread slice” 3-4 inches apart. Repeat the hole punches on your inside pages so that the holes all line up together.
Fasten the front cover, inside pages, and back cover together with a cut piece of yarn, ribbon or metal rings to make a loose-leaf bread book!
Decorate the front and back of your book with markers, crayons or colored pencils.
On the inside pages, record pictures or words of what you are thankful for!
Abundant Blessings This colorful mobile is a great way to remember the many blessings God pours down on you every day! Supplies 5 or more magazine pictures
6 pieces of cardboard from recycled food boxes
1 thick paper plate
5 pieces of yarn 6–9 inches long
1 12-inch piece of ribbon or yarn
Choose five pictures from the magazine pages that show how God gives you what you need. Cut them out.
Cut your paper plate in half to make an umbrella shape.
Cut a handle shape with one piece of your cardboard and glue it to the back of your umbrella.
On your umbrella, punch 5 holes around the rim. In the top center, punch one hole so that you can lace the long piece of yarn through it to hang from the ceiling or doorpost.
Glue each picture to a piece of cardboard. Let dry.
Cut around each mounted picture with your scissors.
Punch a hole in the top of each picture and tie your yarn on the picture hole, then into the holes in your umbrella.
Hang your creation away from lights or other heat sources.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” — 1 Chronicles 16:34
BY LORIE BARNES
Illustrations by Luke Flowers
small Swedish ivy plant
cotton material from a T-shirt (about 1 x 12 20 oz. plastic inches long) water bottle
Have you ever heard of plants that don’t grow in the ground? Compassionsponsored kids in Peru have. Since their soil is not good, they grow food using hydroponics. Hydroponics is a way to grow plants in nutrients instead of soil. Try this experiment to see how it works!
Instructions Adult help needed. 1
Clip off several stems from the vine of your plant. Place the clippings in a glass of water for 2-3 weeks until roots appear from the clippings.
Cut off the top of the bottle, about ¼ of the way down.
Fill up the bottom half of the bottle with water.
Remove the lid from the top half of the bottle. Wrap the roots of your clippings, along with the end of your cotton material, in several moistened paper towels and insert them through the lid opening as shown above. Place this inverted half inside the rest of the bottle. The cotton material should dangle through the bottle neck into the bottom half of the bottle.
Pour ½-1 tsp. of the nutrient solution into the water of the bottom half.
Check the pH level of the water with a pH testing kit. The pH should be between 5 and 7. If the pH is over 7, add a small amount of squeezed lemon. If the pH is 5 or lower, add 1 tsp. baking soda.
baking soda and pH testing kit lemon juice
pH measures whether a solution is more alkaline or more acidic. For example, baking soda is alkaline, and lemon juice is acidic.
Place your hydroponic plant in a sunny window and see how it grows!
Illustrations by Luke Flowers
Many problems keep kids from getting a full meal each day. See if you can help the children in the maze avoid some of the most common problems so they can make it to the Compassion child development center and receive nutritious food.
BY GWEN HERSHA
Do you know table manners and types of food from these Compassion countries? See if you can correctly match the eating style to the country. Answers are on page 2 if you get stuck!
Breakfast is not Cocoa KrispiesÂŽ, but chocolate rice porridge with a side of dried salty fish.
Corn is ground to make a dough called massa, a part of just about every meal.
No forks or spoons needed! Use your left hand to scoop up rice and sauces with bread.
Start your meal with a ball of fufu (like a bread pudding) and tear off pieces of it to scoop up a spicy stew! Never touch your food. Use your fork and knife to eat your meals â€” even pizza! WINTER 2012
BY GWEN HERSHA
What can you do to help people who don’t have enough to eat? Try some of these ideas!
Talk with your family about skipping your next visit to a restaurant and eat at home instead. Donate the money you save to a local food pantry.
Get some friends to help you pack lunch sacks and deliver them to a homeless shelter.
Hold a PB&J contest. Invite your friends to enter their own peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich creation and charge $1 for every taste of PB&J. Get a local sandwich shop to donate prizes and let a panel of judges choose the prizewinners. Donate all the money to an organization that feeds the hungry.
Left to right: ©iStockphoto.com/WitR ©iStockphoto.com/marilyna
Sponsor a “Beans and Rice” lunch at your school or church. Charge $5 for “tickets.” Show a map of countries where kids eat rice and beans and give the money you raise to hungry kids in those countries.
Put together dinner boxes with all the ingredients needed to make a yummy spaghetti dinner. Then deliver them to hungry families in your city.
Hold a “Pennies for Pasta” contest to raise money for a local food pantry. Ask your family and friends to each start filling a jar with pennies. A few months later, have a penny-counting day and award a gift card donated by a local restaurant for whoever saved the most pennies.
Sell links of a giant colorful paper chain for 25 cents each at your church. Do this to help others learn more about African children who don’t have enough food because of droughts. Make a poster showing information about droughts and provide a container for donations. Send the funds to Compassion or another organization that helps drought victims.
Start a food drive. Take a flyer to every house in your neighborhood. Explain that you will be collecting donated food items to give to an organization that provides groceries for families in need. After you deliver the food items, take a card to each house to thank them for helping you change the world.
BY LORIE BARNES
Compassion Explorers, let’s discover how God provided for His children long ago and how He provides for us now!
What kind of bread did God send and how did it taste?
How many kinds of food did God give the Israelites in the desert?
Even though the Israelites whined, complained and disobeyed God, why do you think He fed them?
How does God provide food for you?
Draw or write your ideas on a separate piece of paper.
What do you think it looked like to see bread or birds falling from the sky?
What is one way that God has provided for you?
In Exodus, kids probably asked, “What’s for dinner?” after their Hebrew families escaped from Egypt with Moses leading them into the desert. Read or listen to Exodus 15:22-27 and Exodus 16:1-21, 31, 35 and then answer these questions:
Dear Jesus, Thank You for giving me food and what I need every day. And thank You for all the people who help provide food around the world like the farmers, grocery store workers and cooks. I pray for (sponsored child) ___________________who might be hungry. Please provide for him/her today. Amen.
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Remember this picture from the Fall 2011 issue of Compassion Explorer Magazine? Here are some of your great captions!
Is it break time yet? Paige, 10 Torrington, Wyo.
Can anyone show me where the recycling bin is? McKenna, 9 Kingwood, Texas
Did you say it is just around the corner? Ahhh, Iâ€™m glad! Sage, 6 Chicago, Ill.
How many tomatoes do we need?!?! Olivia, 9 Los Fresnos, Texas
My head hurts! Wyatt, 9 Broxton, Ga.
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