Greenhouses & Bakeries: Your Famine Funds at Work


John, a Study Tour winner from 2010, traveled to Bolivia to see his Famine funds impacting the lives of people. Today, he shares a small glimpse into what your 30 Hour Famine funds actually do. With nearly $10 million raised each year through the 30 Hour Famine-that’s a pretty big impact-and all through the efforts of youth!

When raising money for the Famine, it can be easy to forget the great work your funds will do.  I was blessed to go on the Study Tour in the summer of 2010, and in Bolivia. I got to see our donations in action.  One of the towns we visited was Tiraque, high in the windswept mountains in the central region of the country.  Living is hard there.  Crops don’t grow well, and so when World Vision came into the town, one of the first things to do was to help the farmers build greenhouses.  As a result of the greenhouses, farmers were able to significantly increase their yield, and could grow crops year-round.

The impact doesn’t stop there, however.  Thanks in large part to funds raised during Famines across the country, World Vision was able to help the town build a bakery that employed local people.  At the bakery, they buy beans that the farmers grew in their greenhouses to make breads to sell & nutritious cookies that were given to local schools, a process Michele explains below:

The problem of hunger around the world is so complex and difficult to tackle, but this is proof that you do make a difference.  By coming at the issue from so many angles, World Vision is making success a possibility.  The important thing to remember is that Famine funds do much more than just buy bread for a child.  Your funds go to help build the greenhouse, the bakery, and ultimately create a system by which a whole community thrives.