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KL Malaysia

After leaving my hotel room in Raleigh at 0430 Saturday, Allen Renquist and I finally arrived at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel here in the center of Kuala Lumpur only 31 and a half uneventful hours later. Needless to say, I am ready to stretch out and get some solid rest. And that will happen, but not before a nice hot shower.

I am thoroughly excited to be here. Tomorrow morning we start this year’s International Affiliate Summit, where we gather all the directors of our Stop Hunger Now international affiliates for 5 days of celebration, training, networking and fellowship. Even though I can only be here for the first 3 days of the event I know it is going to be a great experience reconnecting with all our affiliate leaders.

There will be folks from South Africa, Italy, India, Peru, the Philippines and of course, our Malaysia Stop Hunger Now office who is our host for this year’s summit. Stop Hunger Now has grown into a true international hunger relief organization, and that is part of what we will be celebrating over the next few days. We are helping lead a global movement that will eradicate hunger in our lifetime.

More to come, but now a shower and bed. Tomorrow is another day.

SHN Indianapolis

I continue to be humbled by the growth and expansion of Stop Hunger Now. We are creating a true global movement of caring folks who share the vision of a world without hunger.

This steady growth is a beautiful testimony to the hunger good people have to make a real difference, and to the power we have to change the world. Here is a brief new clip from the latest SHN newsletter:

Indianapolis Residents Package Meals

Indianapolis has become the 19th U.S. city that is home to a Stop Hunger Now affiliate.

Stop Hunger Now Indianapolis opened its new warehouse in January with an event in partnership with Merchandise Warehouse and LifePoint Church that packaged over 100,000 meals.

Merchandise Warehouse is providing a central warehouse location for Stop Hunger Now Indianapolis to serve Indiana and the Midwest.

Volunteers for Stop Hunger Now in Indianapolis and nearby communities now have packaged over 500,000 meals.

Brandon Faulkner, regional program director for Stop Hunger Now, attended the kickoff event in Indianapolis, along with Allen Renquist, Chief Programs Officer, and Mickey Horner, director of expansion and program innovation.

– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/movement-grows-newsletter/#Indy

it’s all about Juggaar

Allen Renquist, Andrew Sullivan and I are still in Bangalore, India, arriving here in the wee morning hours this past Sunday after a brutally long trip from the Philippines.  Every day has been full of meetings as we work to get Stop Hunger Now India officially started, but with every meeting it is becoming more apparent that the heavy lifting has already been accomplished.

Every person we have met, every corporate executive, every Rotarian, every volunteer, every implementing partner; all are already making it happen. Everyone has demonstrated that they are not only totally committed to establishing the first Stop Hunger Now office in India, but they want to be leaders in the fight to end hunger here and around the world.

What is so beautifully obvious is that our work here has been established on a solid foundation of relationships, respect and juggaar. From our very first packaging event last December to the present, everyone involved with Stop Hunger Now has demonstrated this powerful trait that has already become my new favorite word.

Juggaar,  (or more commonly Jugaad) is a colloquial Hindu word that means an innovative fix, or for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or even a person who can solve a complicated issue. It is often used to signify creativity to make existing things work or to create new things with meagre resources. It especially expresses the need to do what needs to be done, without regard to what is conventionally supposed to be possible.

Juggaar is a perfect description for the “can do/will do whatever it takes” attitude of all the dedicated folks that are committed to helping Stop Hunger Now create a global movement to end hunger here in Bangalore. I have already started calling all our supporters here TEAM JUGGAAR.

Stay tuned. Bangalore is going to be the center of some exciting activities as this group of leaders continues to do whatever it takes to end hunger in India.