As of 2011, 20,000 children under the age of 5 died from hunger and hunger related causes. To put that into perspective, that is 250 filled school buses of kids that died every single day. That’s nearly 14 kids every minute. To say that there is a problem is a little bit of an understatement. And it’s not just a problem that effects third world countries. Hunger also effects children in the United States. So what can we do about it? Through an organization called World Vision, people all over are participating in an event called the 30 Hour Famine. World Vision hosts several Famine events every year, but not only that, they offer child sponsorships in order to continue caring for the hungry after the Famine events. You can visit and learn more about World Vision at worldvision.org.
This will be my eighth year doing the 30 Hour Famine. When I first began doing the Famine in my 7th grade year, the number of kids dying every day was nearly double what it is today. Through efforts of World Vision and The 30 Hour Famine, the number of hungry kids are decreasing dramatically. I’ve been able to see students grow closer together, but more importantly closer to God. Being able to be apart of that is something special.
So here’s how it works: students and anyone else who wants to participate raises money to send to World Vision so that they can distribute food and resources all over the world. Our group will be fasting for 30 hours at the end of April, hence the name 30 Hour Famine. We do this in order to get a little feel for what it is like to be hungry and use it as a tool to raise awareness by telling people why we aren’t eating for 30 hours. While fasting we are going to be doing service projects around our community to help students see the need that is in their own back yards.
This is just a brief overview of what The Famine is about. If you want to learn more, or even get involved, you can head over to 30hourfamine.org. I also ask that you would consider donating to a great cause and organization that is helping the hungry all over the world. If you would like to donate, you can find my donation page here: http://30hf.worldvision.org/site/TR/30HourFamine/30HourFamine?px=1466796&pg=personal&fr_id=2540.
God bless you all!
In God’s grip,