Breaking the Cycle of Poverty to Build Peace is the theme for the 2014 International Lasallian Days for Peace (ILDP). Following the outcomes of the 3rd International Symposium of Young Lasallians (ISYL), this year’s ILDP focuses on the movement to eradicate poverty, particularly as it affects access to nutrition and survival.
The ILDP initiative will begin on September 21 (the United Nations’ sanctioned International Day of Peace) and run through October 21. Lasallians are encouraged to participate by engaging in and learning about issues related to fair trade, ethical retail practices, food consumption practices, and issues of hunger in communities. Emphasis for this theme comes from Pope Francis’ appeal to support the Caritas Internationalis #Food4All Campaign, calling those who are able to take action on this issue. “We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion people … one billion people who still suffer from hunger today. We cannot look the other way and pretend that this does not exist,” said Pope Francis in this video message.
Find out more about this initiative in the first letter from the International Council of Young Lasallians.