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The Famine Blog

Lauren is the Famine



Participating in the 2010 Study Tour allowed Lauren to meet people experiencing extreme poverty, and today she is even more passionate about serving those in need.  Lauren is attending Humboldt this fall and plans to continue making a difference in the Peace Corps! Read about the Famine experience that inspired her.

ACT:S of Faith and Justice


Calling all high school seniors. For many of you, this fall will be a season of transition. Whether you are headed off to college, starting a new job, or chasing your dreams in another way, we are so excited for you in this next phase of life! Students who participate in the 30 Hour Famine continually amaze and inspire us, and this year’s graduating class is no different. We are grateful for every hour you fasted, each dollar you raised and your courage to stand up for kids in need. We sincerely thank you for making the Famine a part of your high school experience.

Together, Let’s Make Famine No More




Michele, leader of the Study Tour has shared her experience on the blog as she traveled through Burundi and spent time in Dadaab refugee camp. She is now back safely in the United States,  and today shares her perspective on the ongoing Famine in the Horn of Africa:

After several days in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya, my photographer, videographer, and I prepared for a grueling, seven hour drive home. As we bounced around in the Landrover, all I could see were miles of thorn bushes and sand on either side. Behind us and in front, the empty dirt road stretched on endlessly. For the first time in days, I felt alone and insecure. Dadaab was immense, however being surrounded by people—400,000 refugees to be exact—I always felt the comfort of others. During this leg of our journey however, if anything went wrong, there was nothing to protect us. We were alone in this vast expanse of a wasteland.

Fight Famine with Famine


The first, actual famine of the 21st century is happening right now in the Horn of Africa. Unlike the Famine we do, this one won’t end in 30 hours. The rains didn’t come to a large portion of East Africa and as a result, crops failed, animals died, and families have been forced to leave their homes in order to survive,  just like Abdifatah and his family. Already, 30,000 children have lost their lives. An estimated 12.4 million people are being affected by this crisis. This famine is quickly spreading to other regions of Africa, and unless we take action to fight against it, it won’t be going  anywhere soon. It’s entirely possible to end the Famine, but we can’t do it alone. World Vision staff is working hard to distribute food, water and supplies to those in urgent need, and we are asking for your help.

Great Adventures End, Memories Live on


The nine members of Team Burundi spent countless hours traveling, skipped out on personal hygiene for an entire week, took steps outside of their comfort zones, and ultimately, fell in love with the country ofBurundi. Each of them leapt wholeheartedly into the adventure of a lifetime. They visited places they had never heard of, tasted foods they had never tried, and most importantly, they met some amazing individuals who will never be forgotten.

After 10 days in Africa, the members of Team Burundi have returned to their home states and their normal lives. Everything was just how they left it, with one big exception…them. Preston, Carter, George, Robert, Emma N., Emma T., Ellie, Nicole, and Abby are forever changed. They will carry with them the sights, stories, smells, and memories for the rest of their lives. Who they are as people, and how they view the world around them has been shaped by their individual experiences in Burundi. We hope these memories serve as vivid reminders of the call God has placed in our hearts to love and serve our neighbors. Even those half a world away.

What We’re Listening to: Gungor “Beautiful Things”


Can you recall the last time you had a song stuck in your head? Perhaps it was an annoying radio jingle or commercial that didn’t let up. Well, that’s not the kind of song I’m talking about here. Lately, I find myself playing and re-playing songs in my mind that carry a significant message. It seems the more I listen to it, the more relevant the lyrics are to my life. Lately, for me, it’s been “Beautiful Things” by Gungor. The words have been a gentle reminder that God is bigger than the challenges we face in our lives.  While sometimes it may seem like it’s all gone awry, He is still there and can undoubtedly turn our chaos into something good.

30 Hour Famine and Jedidiah


This year has brought on some radical changes for the 30 Hour Famine. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Jedidiah, a humanitarian-based clothing brand, to bring you the 2012 ‘Overcome Hunger’ gear. Based in sunny San Diego, Jedidiah brings a unique perspective to humanitarian work. Each collection they design supports a different non-profit organization, promoting the cause with each item they sell.

Hunger, home, and life in Dadaab through 8 year old eyes


In yesterdays post, Michele, leader of the study tour, shared with us about Dadaab, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. Today she tells the story of Abdifatah, an 8 year old boy who traveled with his family from Somalia to Dadaab, fleeing drought and famine.

It’s become a reality to me that ‘home’ is a relative term. For me, home has always meant a place where my family is or where I tend to spend most of my time. It’s the place I know the best and is filled with people I love the most. Right now for me, home is an antique-looking apartment in downtown Tacoma, Wash. I can see a park from my living room and it’s always brilliantly sunny. Home for me is an escape from the world.

Dadaab, home to 400,000


Over the past few days Michele, leader of the Study Tour, has  given us  a glimpse to life in Burundi.  After safely seeing the students home,  Michele is now in Kenya at one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Dadaab.  As famine continues to spread throughout the Horn of Africa,  people arrive  daily to Dadaab in hopes of finding food and refuge.  Reporting from ground zero, Michele shares with us life in Dadaab, home to thousands of refugees.

Travel an hour by flight north of Nairobi to Dadaab, one of the world’s oldest refuge camp. As we came down through the cloud cover there was literally nothing to be seen. Just miles upon miles of red land. The oppressively warm air hit my skin as we stepped out of the plane. A film of dust immediately covered my entire body and I could feel it beginning to coat my throat, lungs and nose.

Meet Thomas, a man who shows us what it means to serve.



On Monday, we introduced you to Michele, leader of the Study Tour. Michele is currently traveling throughout Africa, meeting people and listening to their stories. Today she introduces us to Thomas, a man listening to God’s call and serving in Burundi.

 Around the globe, World Vision has nearly 33,000 employees in roughly 100 countries. On another continent, in the heart of Africa, one man stood out among thousands. His name is Thomas Rottoh. Thomas is one of the few people I am eye level with, (meaning he also was not blessed with much height), But with his soft voice and careful words, his personality demands attention and respect. He is quick to laugh and even quicker to admit when he is wrong.