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Well Done SHN SA!

The end of my trip is at hand. Early this evening I am scheduled to leave from Johannesburg and fly to Atlanta and then on to Raleigh. There I will pick up a rental car, go to the Stop Hunger Now office for a couple hours to debrief and catch up on some back administrative chores. After that, I have a 3 hour drive back home to Lynchburg.

It’s going to be a rather long trip, but what makes it worthwhile is all the good work that has been accomplished during my brief time here in Mozambique and South Africa. In Maputo, Mozambique I helped celebrate Ma Machel’s 70th birthday as we packaged 70,000 meals for malnourished school children.

That event was also a milestone for Stop Hunger Now South Africa. It was the first meal packaging event they organized outside of their own country. And the Minister of Education  for Mozambique, who attended and spoke at the event, has already requested that more meal packaging events be scheduled.

Here in Johannesburg I have had a delightful time meeting new staff and new board members. I have also been able to help with some fundraising and to give an official thanks to some of SHN South Africa biggest corporate and faith-based partners.

It’s been a whirlwind of events, meetings and dinners, but I will head for home more proud than ever of the great work being accomplished here on behalf of the hungry. Stop Hunger Now South Africa is our first international affiliate, and it is leading by example. Saira Khan, our Executive Director, and her entire board and staff are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime. Kudos and “Well Done!” to all of them.

heading to a birthday celebration

It’s Thursday. That must mean I am heading back to good ol’ RDU, my second home.

This morning I will grab a rental car and drive down to Raleigh for a flight to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. My first stop is Atlanta. Then it’s about 15 hours to Johannesburg, South Africa. The final leg  from Joburg to Maputo is only about an hour and a half, but by that point, who cares?

Although getting there is supposed to be half the fun, I think that’s the half I would love to skip. But once there, I know I will be glad I made the trip.

I have been asked to attend the birthday celebration of Nelson Mandela’s widow. It’s a long way to travel for a birthday party, but this is a most special lady, a good friend and a strong supporter of Stop Hunger Now in South Africa and Mozambique. She is a true champion of ending hunger in our lifetime.

So, it’s back on the road again. Stay tuned. There will be plenty more to come as the adventure unfolds.

working together around the world

A little later this morning I will leave home to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a special celebration and milestone event at Canterbury United Methodist Church. They are hosting their fourth meal packaging event. And while that is cause for celebration, an even bigger reason to celebrate is that they are achieving a wonderful distinction. More about that in tomorrow’s post.

Below are some more exciting facts taken from the latest Stop Hunger Now weekly staff update.

Did you know?

The Stop Hunger Now team DOUBLED our international meal packaging to 6.4 million  in 2014, thanks to an awesome team effort!

Check out some of the highlights…maybe you were there!

  • Hewlett-Packard engaged 5,000 employee volunteers in packaging 1.4 million meals in 10 countries!

  • Rotarians packaged 30,000 meals at the 2014 Rotary International Conference in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by Zambrero

  • More than 5,000 volunteers (including Graca Machel) packaged 848,681 meals for Mandela Day in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

  • HSBC Bank packaged more than 192,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now Philippines

  • SanDisk volunteers packaged more than 300,000 meals in our first event in Shanghai, China facilitated by Stop Hunger Now Malaysia

 Stay tuned,  we are opening two new Affiliate offices in India and Peru.  Through the establishment of Affiliate offices, Stop Hunger Now has a distinctive ability to have a sustainable impact, harnessing the collective energies of populations around the world in the fight against hunger.