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February 28, 2005

Fighting hunger with hunger

From The Christian Post:

The World Vision 30 Hour Famine kicked off yesterday to help save and improve the lives of children worldwide. The annual February tradition, which makes its 13th appearance this year, will see around half a million teenagers forsake food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face on a daily basis.

“Last year’s 30 Hour Famine was a record-breaker,” said Debbie Diederich, national director of the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. “Teens this year are as enthusiastic as ever to help save lives, and they want to go the extra distance to help kids affected by the tsunami as well.”

Prior to this weekend, teens raise funds by explaining that $30 a month—just $1 a day—can feed and care for a child for 30 days. According to coordinators, last year’s record-breaking $11.4 million raised has prompted a new goal of $13.5 million. “This year, not only will teens be going the extra mile to reach this new goal, they will also attempt to surpass it in order to contribute to World Vision’s tsunami response,” event coordinators stated.

Funds raised from this year’s Famine will fight hunger and poverty in Kenya, Sudan, Chad, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Currently, World Vision is responding to a major drought in Kenya that has resulted in food shortages for 3.3 million people, including 1.5 million children. In the Darfur region of Sudan, World Vision is the main implementing partner of the World Food Program (WFP) and is also assisting Sudanese refugees in Chad. In Southeast Asia, World Vision has launched a massive emergency response to help meet immediate needs such as food and clean water, while making plans to help rebuild schools, homes, and vital infrastructure.

Woulda been nice to know about it ahead of time, rather than after it's over.

We did something like this in college, where students signed up to skip a meal, and the cost of that meal was donated to some organization that worked to feed the hungry. It's hard to do this individually, but it can be done. Another problem is knowing which organization to support. Some have such a high overhead, that very little of what you give them actually purchases food.

We support the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund:

Unlike any other charity, only the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund uses 100% of all donations for hunger ministry in Jesus' name both in the United States and around the world.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 28, 2005 08:44 AM

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