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in your hands

This has always been true. Each of us has the glorious opportunity to create the world we want. We can make a difference in the lives of thousands, even millions who live in crushing poverty and never escape the shadow of hunger,

Working together we can change the world forever. We can rewrite history. We can become a part of a global movement that truly ends hunger in our lifetime. This is my goal. And it’s always been the vision that drives Stop Hunger Now. Join with me and let’s create a better and more just world for all.

#DayOfTheGirl

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This is a powerful statement by our good friend Graca Machel. Graca is the widow of Nelson Mandela, and is a true leader in the fight against poverty, hunger and oppression in Southern Africa.

Educating girls and young women is a critical component in breaking the cycle of poverty. Graca is a strong supporter of Stop Hunger Now South Africa, and has organized and participated in several meal packaging events in South Africa and Mozambique.

Happy Birthday, Ma Machel!

I am truly sorry I wasn’t able to post yesterday as it was World Food Day. I didn’t get an internet connection until earlier this morning.

However, we did have a wonderful celebration yesterday. In honor of Graca Machel’s birthday Stop Hunger Now South Africa partnered with her foundation, Barlowworld and the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Maputo to package over 70,000 meals in the first meal packaging event ever held in Mozambique. It was quite a wonderful day.

Ma Machel spoke, she shared birthday cake with dozens of children, and she inspired all those gathered as she joined in to help package meals for hungry children here in Mozambique.

She clearly demonstrated why she is so beloved as she tirelessly works to keep the spirit of her late husband, Nelson Mandela, alive. She is a beautiful lady and a true leader in the fight to end hunger in our lifetime. It was a true honor to meet her and work along side her to help change our world.

Happy 70th Birthday, Ma Machel. May God richly bless you, and may you have 70 x 70 more!

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.

“Meals in Memory” of Mandela

Stop Hunger Now South Africa recently took part in Mandela Day celebrations in a most special fashion, packaging over 800,000 meals for the hungry. An article reprinted from the Stop Hunger Now Newsletter gives the details of this powerful tribute.

Southern Africa Volunteers Package 800,000 “Meals in Memory” on Mandela Day

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa hosted “Meals in Memory,” a large-scale two-city volunteer meal packaging event to celebrate the ideals of Nelson Mandela on July 18, 2014. Volunteers across South Africa and the world celebrated by taking just 67 minutes out of their day to do a good deed for their community.  Meals in Memory saw local celebrities and more than 5,000 volunteers in Johannesburg and Cape Town package 848,681 meals in 67-minute shifts.  

Graça Machel, widow of the beloved icon who inspired this day of reaching out to those less fortunate, gave the opening address at the Sandton Convention Centre. She then joined enthusiastic volunteers to package 638,826 of the day’s total meals. 

“Wherever Madiba is today, you can be sure he is smiling,” said Machel. 

Among the thousands of volunteers who pitched in were Madiba’s great-grandson Luvuyo Mandela and South African rugby star Pierre Spies, as well as Gert-Johan Coetzee, Joelle Kayembe, Benny Masekwameng, Kerry McGregor, Zuraida Jardine, Louise Carver, Chad Saaiman, Jacques Terreblanche, Bonang Matheba, Tamerin Jardine, Tshepo Mogale and Kuli Roberts.

“At Sandton alone, we packaged double the meals we did at last year’s Mandela Day event, so I cannot begin to say how proud I am of everyone who participated,: said Says CEO Barry Mey, CEO fo Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. “There is no doubt in my mind that Madiba would be proud of our efforts to destroy child hunger in South Africa in our lifetime.”

At Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town, 162,432 meals were packaged, with another 18,727 meals tallied at the East Rand Mall; 18,144 meals at Deutsche Bank; and another 15,552 packaged with General Motors . Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, whose mission is to get nutritional meals to young children at Early Childhood Development Centres that receive no government funding, was thrilled with the results of the meal-packaging drive.

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Graca Machel gets amped to pack meals during her 67 minutes. 

Photo credit: Shaw Media

 

poverty is not natural

Today is Mandela Day, and around the world caring people are honoring the memory of Nelson Mandela with 67 minutes of service. I pray that all the service given touches the lives of those most in need and that with every minute of service given we all more deeply realize that we have the power to change our world forever.

Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. — Nelson Mandela

Imagine a world without poverty and hunger. We could make it happen in our lifetime.