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“How can I help a world where tens of millions of children die every year from starvation, malnutrition and preventable illness, and where those who survive have nothing to look forward to but two or three decades of hunger and misery, followed by an early death?”
Hundreds of thousands of school-
They would like to do more than just send a cheque to charity and see it lost in a sea of donations, without ever knowing how their gift will be used. Many volunteer for unpaid work in Africa, Asia or Latin America; most are refused by the aid organizations because they lack medical, engineering or teaching qualifications. The moment passes. They find themselves embracing the very economic system that has helped create the hunger, sickness and death they were ready to give body and soul to end. Their energy and altruism remain unharnessed and all too often seep like precious water into the sand, even if sometimes the flow continues underground for years and resurfaces later in life.
The challenge to the imagination is to help prevent the waste. At fm Oxford we are
exploring ways of tapping and channelling all that positive energy while it lasts.
We are happy to exchange ideas with people of all ages who feel they have something
more to offer than the gesture of a cheque at Christmas -
Books are not food, and theatre isn't medicine, and yet the arts have their place
in the struggle for a fairer distribution of both. Words inform: about colonization,
exploitation, injustice; plays and novels provide the images that imprint themselves
on the memory. (See Books and Theatre from Oxford.) Between 10 and 50 per cent of
our profits -
Many of the people of Africa, Asia and Latin America need our skills and money to
help them help themselves. In return we have much to relearn from them in our competitive,
affluent, stressed, unsmiling societies -
Like our readers and spectators, we want to see the demise of a world where already
bloated human beings feed on members of their own species -