(PORTLAND, Ore. - Feb. 13, 2008) For most students in Oregon, chronic hunger is something they hear about in the media, but never experience firsthand. This month, hundreds of Oregon’s youth will see, hear and learn about world hunger at Medical Teams International’s REAL. LIFE. Exhibit’s hunger awareness weekend.
The weekend exhibit hours are from 12 to 3 p.m., Feb. 23-24, and support an international youth movement to fight famine and encourage students to make a difference by raising funds to feed the hungry.
“We want our REAL. LIFE. Exhibit to reinforce the hunger experience for students—to vividly portray what famine looks like day after day for families around the world,” says Michael McNamara, manager of the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit.
Using life-sized huts, murals, tents, and medical devices, the 10,000-square-foot, multisensory exhibit portrays real life for millions of impoverished people, including:
◦Families living in a Mexican garbage dump where they depend on the rubbish for food, shelter and income.
- ◦Thousands of Ugandans in makeshift camps, struggling to find food, medical care, or clean water.
- ◦Children in a Romanian orphanage, desperate for attention and nourishment.
- ◦Villagers dwarfed by a 25-foot tsunami wave looming above a Sri Lankan beach.
Since opening in September 2006, the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit has hosted more than 13,000 people from civic groups, middle and high schools, colleges, and churches. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information on tours, hours and parking, please visit Medical Teams International’s Web site.
Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,650 volunteer teams and shipped over $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.