Did you know that Advocacy is a really important part of what World Vision does? When combined with the fundraising awesome people like you do through the 30 Hour Famine, advocacy is a powerful tool for change. We sat down with from WV’s advocacy team to talk about how they are advocating on behalf of kids who are hungry.
Christina, give us the quick download on what you do at World Vision
Basically, whenever the U.S. government is working on something that affects the places where World Vision works, or the people we work with, we want to have a voice in that. World Vision has offices in Washington, D.C., where we work with members of Congress and sometimes even the White House. However, Congress really wants to hear the voice of the everyday people they represent – so a lot of what I do is show people easy ways they can serve the poor through advocacy.
Ok. What do you want to tell Famine leaders and Students?
You just did something amazing completing the 30 Hour Famine. My question for you is, ‘you didn’t have to fast for 30 hours. Why didn’t you just give money?’ The likely answer is, you wanted to be a part of something bigger, multiply your impact, and achieve more than you can achieve on your own.
The 30 Hour Famine gave you a great reason to talk to your friends and family about something you are passionate about. Now, I hope that you’ll go one step further and talk to your leaders in Congress.
So, in a nutshell, what is the Global Food Security Act?
The Global Food Security Act is a bill that provides long term solutions to fighting hunger by –
- Training farmers and providing tools;
- Giving women opportunity to grow their own food and provide for their family;
- Providing nutrition programs for young children.
Why is it important?
Around the world, one in nine people do not have enough food to eat and 45 percent of deaths of children under the age of 5 can be linked to poor nutrition. It will take more than one person or organization to change this, more than one church, more than one community. Changing and creating new laws is the first step to put all the pieces in place – but it needs to start with your voice!
What can we do?
Advocacy can be your next step in fighting hunger. Sending an email or making a phone call is easy! You have a story to tell and an experience to share. Members of Congress work for you (no matter what your age) and care about what you think.
Don’t let your experience end after just 30 hours. Send an email and ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the Global Food Security Act.
You raised money for hungry kids. Now use your voice so your elected officials can also work on behalf of hungry kids around the world. By combining advocacy with fundraising, we are able to work even harder to create hunger free world.