30 Hour Famine funds go to help flood-ravaged
SEATTLE, February 11, 2008
North Korea, Southern Africa
—Devastating floods in North Korea and across Southern Africa are putting millions at risk, as critical food shortages loom. Flooding in 11 provinces across North Korea is described as “the worst humanitarian crisis in a decade.” August floods left 300,000 homeless, effectively destroying the year’s rice harvest, making chronic food shortages even worse this year.
In Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, floods washed away crops, destroying homes and livestock. Thousands face critical food shortages as food prices skyrocket.
Now, by participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, half a million American teens will put a human face on this untold suffering.
Worldwide, 29,000 children will die today of hunger, disease and poverty
Tonight, 850 million people worldwide will go to bed hungry — that’s one out of every six people on earth. Some 29,000 children die each day from preventable causes like hunger, disease and malnutrition. Chronic poverty, affecting half the people on earth, is the cause. Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
The cost of downloading one song can feed a child for a day
This Feb. 22-23, half a million teens are participating in the 17th annual 30 Hour Famine, forsaking food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children face. Prior to the event, teens raise funds by explaining that $30 a month — just $1 a day (the cost of downloading one song for an MP3 player) — can feed and care for a child for 30 days. As they fast, teens consume only water and juice and focus on local community assistance (like volunteering at food drives, soup kitchens or homeless shelters).
Where does the 30 Hour Famine money go? This year it will go to North Korea, Malawi and other targeted spots where famine, conflict and other crises make children vulnerable. World Vision has been working in North Korea since 1995, providing food, medicines and clothing. In 1998, the organization expanded its work expanded to support agricultural and health systems.
Since 1992, students have raised more than $100 million worldwide. In 2007, 30 Hour Famine raised $11.7 million; this year’s goal is $12.5 million. World Vision works in 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year. Visit www.30hourfamine.org
or call 800-7-FAMINE for more information.
World Vision hunger experts on North Korea and Malawi are now available for interview.
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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press.