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The Famine Blog

How Social Media Helps & Hurts Serving the Poor


Not long ago, the local library was our most convenient source of information. We sat at our computers listening to an awful dial-up sound while we waited to download a song. Fast forward 10 years and any information we need about anything, anywhere, is just a click away. We can download an entire album on our phone in seconds, even from an airplane. Every day we join millions of others on Facebook and Twitter, to document our lives and watch the world unfold.

Photo Journal: Experiencing Poverty from Behind the Camera


Robert Coronado, Creative Director at World Vision has worked with the organization for 16 years. He has photographed poverty around the world in his travels to 16 countries. Today, Robert shares what it was like experiencing the Dadaab Refugee Camp from behind the camera.

John is the Famine


When John went to Bolivia on the 2010 Study Tour, he was amazed and excited to see similarities from back home in the sustainable farms that had been created with the very Famine funds that his youth group raised! See what he has to say about the Famine experience that inspired him.

What’s So Great About Nutrition?




How often do you think about nutrition? To us it might just be a black and white label on food packaging, or a topic in health class, but nutrition is a really big deal. Missing out on nutrition means missing out on life. Watch this video to learn more, and take some time to think through  these questions.

Disaster Relief: An Inside Look


When you hear the term “disaster relief,” what image comes to mind?  Do you see some cavalier Indiana Jones figure swinging from vine to vine passing out life saving goods, and dramatically rescuing children from the clutches of death?

It’s easy to romanticize relief work until the task resembles an adventure movie, but the reality is much different. The men and women who respond to disasters engage in long, hard, tedious, and sometimes thankless work. Not every relief job involves swooping in to rescue a child on the verge of death. Hours of preparation, planning, and organization combine to make it possible to provide life saving care and support to people who are enduring a disaster. Staff keep working long after dramatic media coverage fades and the public forgets the cries for help. Through these days, weeks, and months of hard work, World Vision staff is always reminded of the need to derive their strength from the Lord.

So Long Summer, Hello Fall!


Hi, I’m Lindsey and I work for the Famine team. Last summer I moved from Southern California to Seattle to work for World Vision. I quickly discovered that Washington’s version of fall is very different than California’s.  Last year, as I experienced my first true fall, I learned to love the crisp autumn air. I watched leaves change color, and saw the change from summer to fall and fall to winter. This transition between seasons is not one I’d experienced so dramatically before.

It’s about that time of year when fall is knocking on the door, and I am so excited to let it in.  Whether you are a fall enthusiast, or reluctant to let summer go, here are my top 5 favorite things to help you get excited for the season:

What We’re Reading: Almost Christian


Hi. My name is Micah Boyce, and I work with the 30 Hour Famine in Chicago. Since joining the Famine team, I’ve met many amazing youth leaders. One of them is Joe Wittmer, pastor of student ministries at Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. Joe has an incredible passion for students, caring for the poor, and bridging the gap between the two. As a result, Joe and his students have raised over $65,000 for hungry children all over the world. There are 3 things I know about Joe:

1) He can put down some buffalo wings

2) He can drop a good word

3) He knows a lot about youth ministry.

So, I asked Joe to write a review of one of his favorite books on youth ministry – Almost Christian.

What is Community Development?


For the two years, Eric McClellan has served youth leaders in  Dallas, Texas area by helping them plan their 30 Hour Famine event, speaking at churches, and connecting with youth.  Today Eric tells us about the meaning of community development.

Some people use words that flat out confuse me.  Medical words like “ablation,” engineering words like “EurIng,” and business speak like “broker” all draw a look of confusion on my face. These are technical words that are only used by industry insiders.  “Community development” is one such phrase. In the relief and development world, community development generally means improving conditions within a group of people. For World Vision the phrase carries more specific meaning. We feed the hungry; quench the thirsty; educate learners; help boost local economies; and develop safe, clean health and hygiene practices.

Fight Hunger with Food


Going 30 hours without food is an experience you will never forget.  It will give you a glimpse of how different your life would be if enough food wasn’t always available to you.  Energy lags, it’s hard to focus, and you will hear your stomach growing for food like you’ve never heard it before.Fasting is a central part of the Famine because it brings the facts about global hunger to life. Giving up food for 30 hours will help you identify with the poor in a whole new way. However, for some of you, there are serious medical conditions or nutritional needs that make fasting difficult, unsafe, or impossible. If that is the case, it’s OK – you can still participate in the 30 Hour Famine.

Hunger 101: Bringing 30 Hour Famine to Your Campus


Want to do the 30 Hour Famine, but your youth leader isn’t planning to sign up? Here’s your chance to bring the Famine to your school campus!

Ellie Hutchison, who traveled with 30HF to Burundi on the study tour just last month, heard about Famine and brought it to her campus when she was 17. She and her fellow students set a fundraising goal of $1,000. When their Famine was over they ended up with over $6,000!  Inspired? Here’s some helpful advice from Ellie on how to share the Famine with your fellow students: