Today I’ve decided to share my thoughts on hunger. Have you ever thought about what it’s like to not have food?
For some of us, we don’t need to worry of being hungry or staying in hunger because we have food within our reach but there are mass number of population in the world and in third world countries that still suffers from hunger even as you read this article. Currently the number stands at 925 million people that are starving in the world today.
Hunger is a real issue and a global urgency.
I had volunteered in a number of refugee camps, local volunteering groups to help eradicate hunger in ways I could for many years now but I wasn’t aware about the global crisis of hunger until I came across the World Hunger Education Service (WHES & HUNGER NOTES) early this year.
It moved and stir my heart so much that I decided to be in a bigger part of this hunger urgency and dedicate my time finding my path and finding an organization that shares similar objectives as me in my country, and mind you, as beautiful as Malaysia looks we do have many homeless people in the streets sleeping in hunger every single day.
And I found my match. The perfect organisation that is in line with my desires to eradicate hunger & poverty. Lo and behold, my journey had started and I signed up with World Vision Malaysia, to join fight hunger! As a 30 hours famine volunteer.
WHAT IS 30 HOUR FAMINE?
The 30 Hour Famine is about giving something up for 30 hours – You fast. During this 30 hours fasting, World Vision organises multiple fund raising events and games to raise awareness on hunger and poverty. Every dollar you raise counts and every person who hears what you have to say can join and make a difference.
You can choose what you want to give up: Favourite chocolate, Netflix or Social Media.
I personally gave up on food because I want to feel how the hungry homeless people felt as their stomach grumbles in hunger so Yes, for the complete 30 hours long I gave up on food.
We had a large group of volunteers that fasted along and I was highly impressed with their vibe. I guess this is what it feels when you find your tribe.
As time ticks my hunger started kicking in, not only for me but for the rest of the volunteers too. But we kept our spirits high and told ourselves that we will accomplish this mission of 30 hours famine successfully. The smile on our faces on the above picture shows it all.
The co-coordinator of the hunger campaign told, ‘tonight when you sleep, you’ll need to keep in mind that there are many children that is sleeping in hunger this very second, just the way you are feeling it‘.
It really did broke my heart and I got to my knees thanking God for the life I have. The song from Lincoln Brewster played on my mind,
‘And I will live
To carry *Your* compassion
To love a world that’s broken
To be Your hands and feet
And I will give
With the life that I’ve been given
And go beyond religion
To see the world be changed
By the power of Your name.’
And I never turned back ever since.
Yes, make their hunger your fight too. If being a volunteer is too much to handle in your life for the moment, it’s alright. The least you can do is make it a priority to NOT WASTE FOOD and a simple act of kindness sparks a thousands of hope into someone else’s life.
The 30 hour famine had been a success and I saw the perspective of hunger in a different eye.
So what are you doing to stop hunger? Share your stories with me! For more pictures, check out my Instagram.
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