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The Famine Blog

Human Trafficking Awareness Day: How hunger plays a role

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

With an estimated 30 million people trapped in the modern day slavery known as human trafficking, it begs the question-how do victims end up there? What circumstances lead an individual into a life of slavery, and how is hunger related? Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day -a moment for us to learn more about one of the most horrific crimes happening everyday in our own backyard and around the world.

Haiti & the 30HF: Two years after the Quake

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and devastating an already struggling economy. An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless and today–just two days before the two year anniversary of the quake– we celebrate the many accomplishments, while looking ahead at what’s left to be done.

Happy New Year from around the World!

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Happy New Year from Zambia!

Domitrien & Innocent: Light to the darkness

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

While on the 2011 Study Tour to Burundi, our team experienced a wide range of emotions. There were moments of incredible joy, like playing under a colorful parachute with children; and moments where our hearts would break when a mother would beg us for food for her children. One night though, we witnessed an immense brokenness and suffering as we listened to the story of Domitrien and Innocent. Domitrien, who described the life he shared with his son, Innocent, as “a prison”. We shared their story in August’s blog and today we are humbled and thrilled to share with you an update on their lives.

Carter is the Famine

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Meet Carter. He’s a scuba diving, alligator-hunting, hunger-fighting activist!

This down to earth, adventurous Floridian rocked the Famine’s world when he raised an incredible $30,000 in 2011 for the 30HF! That’s the most any student has ever raised in the history of the 30HF. We’ll pause here while you stare at your screen in awe…

What’s your New Years resolution?

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

New Years always brings the reassuring promise of a fresh start, a new beginning and a do-over. With the New Year right around the corner, the 30 Hour Famine team got to thinking about 2012, the changes we’d like to make and our New Years resolutions. This year we decided to spice it up a bit and share our, err, creative, resolutions with you!

Technology vs. Creation

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Photo courtesy of Apple

Top ten most wanted Christmas gifts of 2011:

1. iPad 2

2. Play Station 3

3. Xbox 360 Connect

4. Modern Warfare 3

5. 42 inch LED screen in 3D

6. Amazon Kindle

7. iPod touch

8. Garmen portable GPS

9. Canon 12.1 megapixel

10. Apple laptop

Your Funds at Work: Clean Water

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Ten days, that’s all it took for my life to be completely transformed. Ten days in the most beautiful countryside, with the most welcoming people, seeing and doing the most unbelievable things. I can’t believe it’s already been over four months since we’ve returned from the Study Tour in Burundi. But even though the rest of the students and I are back home now, our journey is not over. Now we have been blessed with the privilege of sharing the incredible stories we’ve taken from Burundi.

Merry Christmas from the 30HF!

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

The 30 Hour Famine team-Michele, Hilary, Michael, David and Hilary-wish you a Merry Christmas! Relax, sip some cocoa and enjoy spending quality time with your friends and families. Cheers!

Q & A: Interning with the 30HF

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Hey there! My name is Ellie and I’m the 30 Hour Famine intern.

Name: Ellie Hutchison

Age: 18

From: Shoreview, Minnesota

Interests: Fair Trade business, social justice, travel

Fun Fact: I’m a competitive monopoly player

Q: How did you end up interning with the 30 Hour Famine?

EH: In March of 2011 I planned a 30 Hour Famine event at my high school. I raised over $360 which made me eligible to apply for the Study Tour. Every year, the 30HF takes a handful of students overseas on the Study Tour to see how the money they raised is being used to change lives. I was chosen and got to go to Burundi this past August! It was an incredible trip and I would encourage every student to apply. While on the trip, our awesome leader Michele asked me if I would be interested in interning this fall at World Vision. I said yes!