Janae Wohlgemuth, SGHS Senior
Janae Wohlgemuth, SGHS Senior
What are you thankful for? I know that there are many things in my life that I often take for granted. Two of them are school and food.

School is something that I, too often, forget is a privilege. I am a girl and I live within walking distance of a school that I can attend five days a week.

According to the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) in Afghanistan the literacy rate for women aged 15 to 24 is 18 percent (whereas it is 50 percent for boys).

Among the reasons for the difference in rates are accessibility, work, poverty, and child marriage.

An utterance of the words "I'm hungry" is something I hear (and say) almost daily, but I'm extremely thankful that I've never actually had to deal with severe hunger.

There are 300 million children in the world suffering from chronic hunger. In research, I've found that it's not a lack of food that's causing hunger, it's a lack of money.

Most of the people who suffer from hunger-related issues suffer because of severe poverty. Unable to buy sustaining nourishment, they become increasingly weak. Being weak, they are not able to work as often and become even poorer.

Thankfully, there are organizations making progress counteracting these misfortunes. "Food for Work" and "Food for Education" are two programs to help both adults and children break out of hunger and poverty. UNGEI is also making efforts in the education field.

I'm happy that these efforts are being made and will try to find ways to personally contribute, and I'm thankful I've never had to work through these hardships.

What are you thankful for?