The world needs changing. Everything needs changing. Starting from the soil to the land to the earth, everything can become that much better. But we can’t change the world. It’s a sad reality, but it’s true. You know what we can do, though? Take a little part, and make it that much better. When I started my project, to do with healthy eating and the food industry, I was an innocent eleven year old who was relatively healthy. As I began my research, it became more and more clear to me that the world needed to wake up. My group and I could be that change. But like I said, we’re eleven year olds! What difference do we make? It turns out, we can’t change the whole world, but we can change those who we love and care about. As we went on, it became more and more personal. In Tanzania, the idea of healthy eating is "eat more local food". Most of our classmates told us it wasn’t a good area to choose that topic. But boys will be boys, and we paid no attention. We could be the change, and we knew, we would be the change.
But as adults and some children know, when you plan to make a change, you’ve got a huge wall of difficulties to face. And to us, the wall was huge. We were in awe of the things we would need to face, to understand. But we are stubborn girls, and, well, we took that wall head on.
When I was asked to write this, I thought I would write a flowery long story of our triumph over the evils of food. Wrong. I’ve so far written the cold, hard facts, and to be honest, I like it better than acting like we never failed. Because we failed at points. Take for example, when we screened the documentary "Hungry For Change" for Elementary School it was very successful and had a great number of people, but when we tried to screen the same documentary at Secondary School, no one showed up! And I’m not afraid to admit I was ready to throw away all the hope I had and sit in a dark corner. But my group mates, who need special mentioning, picked me up, dusted me off, and made me laugh. Carolina and I aren’t the best of partners, but we work amazingly together, and, when we both are in a good mood, we understand each other and have fun! Anna is an amazing friend from Spain, and she arrived in grade five this year. She is one of the group members who sits quietly and has great ideas. Jescah is a bit reserved, but she does her part and carries her weight.
My experience is Wow! How is it that food is a product, why didn’t I know until now, why is no one helping? When I first had a taste of Mariana’s healthy lifestyle, I was amazed that healthy food could taste that delicious. Just amazing! Maybe this website will give you hope. Like Mariana gave to us. I am a sprout. A sprout of change.
Photos by: The Mindful Sprout™
Documentary: Trailer "Hungry for Change"