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the face of hunger in South Sudan

Hunger is not abstract numbers even if those numbers are in the thousands or even millions. Hunger is real, and it has a million faces.

One such face is that of this malnourished child in the village of Old Fangok in South Sudan. The mother brought her son the Dr. Jill Seaman’s clinic for help.

When Dr. Seamon offered a packet of Plumpynut the young child grabbed it from her hand and consumed it so fast she offered a second packet.  This one, seen in the photo, was eaten a little more slowly.

Dr. Seamon took the photo after asking the mother’s permission, and then shared it with Stop Hunger Now who provided the funds to purchase the Plumpynut. She uses food as a vital part of her medical treatments as hunger and malnutrition are major health issues in her area of South Sudan and has grown worse with the increased violence and warfare.

Working together we can keep food in the hands of hungry children, and make possible the compassionate work of dedicated medical staff like Dr. Seamon. Thanks for all you do to help end hunger in our lifetime. Thank you for caring enough to act. Thank you for being a part of the global movement to eradicate hunger forever.

SHN International Summit update

After just completing the first day of the 4 day international summit of Stop Hunger Now affiliates all I can say is I am too humbled for words. The commitment, the dedication, the passion, and the resourcefulness of our international folks has just blown me away. Stop Hunger Now is demonstrating that the global movement to end hunger is not only a reality, but it’s growing.

From the first SHN affiliate in South Africa to our newest in Peru, every director has shared their stories, and all of us here have been inspired, challenged and moved to tears hearing the struggles and successes that make up the work of ending hunger around the world. There are a lot of commonalities in the stories, and it has been a time rich in learning and sharing.

This afternoon we took time to relax a little and take it easy as we are all somewhat jet-lagged. We visited the Royal Selangor Petwer Factory, the Batu Caves , a Hindu Temple, and then had dinner at Malaysian Cultural Theater.

Tomorrow we will begin with a breakfast presentation on monitoring and assessment, then tour several distribution centers where Stop Hunger now meals are used to feed hungry children. We will end the day with a dinner in my honor.

It will be another full day, but one rich in learning and full of joyful celebration and fellowship. Tomorrow, I will try to share in more detail.

we can all help someone

 

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

None of us can do everything. But all of us can do something. This is especially true when it comes to ending hunger in our lifetime.

Nothing we do is too small to make a difference on behalf of the hungry. Every time we speak out on behalf of the hungry, every time we take action to stand with the poor and dispossessed, we help nudge our world toward a more just and loving place.

And when all our individual actions are added together we can accomplish far more good than anyone might imagine. Working together even increases the good we can do. Thanks for being a part of the global movement to end hunger in our lifetime.

a global movement

Stop Hunger Now is an amazing organization. It continues to far exceed my hopes and expectations of what it might accomplish when I first envisioned it. Our mission to end hunger in our lifetime continues to develop and expand as our staff keeps looking for more ways to impact hunger around the world.

I cannot say enough about the dedication, commitment and professionalism of our board of directors, our staff and our wonderful volunteers. They care. And it shows in everything they do. They are passionate about ending hunger, and everyone of them is a true leader in helping change our world for the better.

Here is an excerpt from a staff update I received this morning:

Did you know?

Stop Hunger Now packaged 5,331,376 meals internationally in 2014.  Due to the hard work of Stop Hunger Now and volunteers, meals were packaged in 16 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Stop Hunger Now’s international expansion efforts are a significant demonstration of our leadership and the evolution of our approach to impacting apathy and generating the will to end hunger.  Through the establishment of permanent international meal packaging operations, Stop Hunger Now has a distinctive ability to have a greater impact, harnessing the collective energies of populations around the world in the fight against hunger.  

This is what a global movement to end hunger in our lifetime looks like. Stop Hunger Now volunteers around the world are packaging meals and becoming engaged in the fight to end hunger. Our growth is a true demonstration that by working together we can erase the obscenity of hunger in our lifetime. Stop Hunger Now has truly grown into a powerful international force for good.

 

changing the things I cannot accept

I often talk about the need for a global movement of people committed to a world without hunger. I continue to talk about it because I truly feel that is what is required to end this unnecessary evil. Thousands of our brothers and sisters die daily from lack of sufficient food when we all know there is enough for all. No one on this perfectly created planet needs to go to bed hungry, much less suffer a lifetime of want and malnutrition.

Good will, compassion and charity are all nice, but none of these are sufficient to end hunger. We will never see an end to hunger until those of us who are not hungry understand the glorious opportunity we have to change the world forever. We have the power to end hunger in our lifetime. We just need to develop the moral will to make it happen.

We need a global movement willing to challenge outdated and immoral systems and philosophies that hold millions in poverty. We need an international force for good that defies the accepted norms of our egocentric and consumer-oriented society. We need a global movement that is willing to stand up and speak out for those too weak and powerless to do it for themselves.

My wife sent me a wonderful quote last night that might just become my new mantra. It is is a perfect starting point for a global movement to end hunger in our lifetime. How do we create a world without hunger? The answer begins here:

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. It is now time to change the things I cannot accept.”

I do not accept we have to live in a world where 25,000  of my family die every single day from hunger when there is more than enough food for all. I believe it is time to change that. I want a world without hunger. What about you?

STOP HUNGER NOW is completing another year of service to the poor and hungry of the world. The following are a few highlights of the year taken from a recent email to our friends and supporters.

Everything we accomplished was due to the efforts of the growing movement to end hunger in our lifetime. Thanks for all you have done to help make hunger just a memory. Working together we are making a real difference in the life of millions of our brothers and sisters.

Please continue your commitment to walk along side those most in need during the upcoming year. Please continue to be a leader in the fight to end the obscenity of hunger in a world of plenty. 2014 was truly an amazing year for STOP HUNGER NOW. Let’s join together and make 2015 a year of even greater impact.

2014 was an amazing year.

And we owe it all to you.

This year, Stop Hunger Now served more people and more partners in more countries than ever before. Volunteers packaged a record-breaking 44 million meals in the U.S. and 6.2 million meals abroad, while organizations donated an astounding $10 million worth of in-kind aid – from medicine to books to solar lights – to allow the sick, the displaced and the hungry to thrive and flourish.

Take a peek below for some of the ways your support has transformed lives in 2014.

Through a partnership withGlobalH2O, we are drilling 8 wells to support displaced Congolese & Sudanese refugees in settlements in Uganda. 4 wells are complete and bringing safe water to families who’ve lost everything.
Big news! FAO confirmed that world hunger is dwindling. 805 million people are chronically undernourished. This figure is down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990-92.
This year saw the deadliest Ebola outbreak to date. In response, we distributed over one dozen pallets of personal protective and sanitation equipment as well as 3.1 million meals to West African communities ravaged by the disease.
In order engage and empower even more individuals and organizations across the world to advocate and act against chronic hunger, Stop Hunger Now opened new locations in Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; and, the Philippines.
In March, volunteers and staff embarked on a vision trip to Nicaragua.ORPHANetwork uses our meals to feed 18K children daily through school feeding programs. In 2013, malnutrition among their students was 26%. This year, it’s 12%.
In July, Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa hosted a multi-city meal packaging event to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Over 5,000 volunteers including Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, packaged 848K meals to honor Madiba.

Beginning a global movement

The article reprinted below is from a recent Stop Hunger Now blog post that describes how one person became a leader in the global movement to end hunger. What is your story?

Do What You Can

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One of the most exciting, if not overwhelming aspects of attending a school as large asAuburn University is that there is no shortage of interesting classes. As a Junior, I decided to take a chance by signing up for a class entitled Hunger Studies 101: Causes, Consequences, and Responses. I had no idea how this almost random class selection would change my life.

After the first 50-minute class, my entire worldview shifted, along with my life trajectory, personal and professional goals. In that short time, I learned just how big of a problem world hunger was. More importantly, I learned it was also a solvable problem, one that I could impact. In 21 years, that never occurred to me.

A couple of years later, in 2013, I received the great honor of Honorable Mention for thePresident William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award. As I was developing the content of my submission video for the award, I was asked: “What would this award mean to you?” The video [embedded below] eventually became an artistic expression of my answer: it would give me a voice, a way of speaking for those whose voices are unheard or ignored. Receiving the award gave me that opportunity.

The countless on-campus interviews and speaking engagements that followed gave me the opportunity to speak to students about the issues and point to ways in which they could make a difference. An interview with a regional newspaper meant that anyone casually flipping through the Lifestyle section of the paper over their morning coffee was reading about global hunger and what was being done to stop it. I knew that it took one 50 minute lecture to change my life. What if simply being introduced to world hunger in this way was enough for someone else to begin their own personal campaign to end it?

The award also lead to some pretty amazing friendships. Those who I met at the 2013Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit, where the Clinton Award ceremony is held, are some of the most dedicated, passionate people who have continued to be a great source of inspiration and encouragement. These relationships and connections have helped prepare me to take my dedication to ending world hunger to the next level: off of the Auburn campus and into my career.

It’s my first full month on the job and I am still in disbelief that I am now the new Program Manager for the Stop Hunger Now warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana! The skills, experience, and knowledge that I gained through my involvement in on-campus anti-hunger initiatives, I am now using as a member of one amazing organization that is truly making a difference in countries all over the world.

But what’s the take-away? One of the best pieces of advice, one that I have carried around with me since junior year, is this: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Hunger is a big problem, but ending it in our lifetime starts with a decision to do just that.


To learn more about our expansion into Indianapolis, find out how you can fight global hunger without leaving Indiana, or simply welcome Devin to the Stop Hunger Now family, drop her a line at dwalker@stophungernow.org.

An Alabama native, Devin combined her degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a desire to make a difference. She received an Honorable Mention for the President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award in 2013 for her leadership in anti-hunger initiatives at Auburn University. Devin is currently enjoying the Hoosier State as the Program Manager for Stop Hunger Now in Indianapolis.