Aachen (Agenzia Fides) - For the 57th time, in the days leading up to January 6th 2015, the "Star Singers" (Sternsinger) of the Holy Childhood Association in Germany, will be on the country’s street-corners singing Christmas carols. "Bringing the blessing, to be a blessing. Healthy nutrition for children in the Philippines and around the world!" Is the motto for this year’s campaign, according to information sent to Agenzia Fides.
About 842 million people worldwide suffer from hunger or do not have enough food to lead a healthy life; 2.6 million boys and girls under five years of age die every year from the consequences of malnutrition. More than 162 million children are too small for their age and 50 million weigh too little for their height: both signs of malnutrition.
But the commitment of Holy Childhood Association in Germany is not only destined for malnourished children. Street children, orphans, children who cannot attend school or do not have access to clean water - in more than 100 countries around the world - receive help from the funds raised through the Campaign of the Star Singers.
Dressed in their costumes of Magi, with their Star and their songs during Christmas time and in the early days of the new year the "Star Singers" go around visiting German homes. About half a million children from Catholic parishes in Germany will carry the "C+M+B" blessing ("Christus mansionem benedicat - Christ bless this house") to the families, collecting donations for other children their age who suffer throughout the world. The "Star Singers" collection in Germany has become the largest solidarity initiative in the world, allowing children to help other people their age who are in need. (MS) (Agenzia Fides 19/12/2014)