This year marks the 30 year anniversary of the 1984 Ethiopian famine, the worst in living memory. I still get goosebumps when I hear the Band-Aid song Feed The World and remember the heart-breaking images of barren landscapes, starving babies and the utter desolation and desperation of aid camps that were screened during the incredible Live Aid concert on TV. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, World Vision were able to work with local people and organisations to help turn the Antsokia Valley, which was hardest hit by drought, into what is now a lush, green oasis.
Hope of a future free from hunger has grown into a reality. Families are able to feed themselves on the crops they grow and can enjoy life once more.
However, extreme hunger remains in other parts of Africa and other families and children are in need of help. You can find out more from the campaign video here:
World Vision are asking people to share their own photos of hope. They say : "Hope is all around us, no matter what form it takes. We would like you to share what it means to you. It could be a picture of the family together, a flower you have planted in bloom, a gathering of friends or a favourite meal that brings a smile to the people who eat it – anything that is a source of happiness and hope."
Here are some of my pictures representing hope.
Hoping Daddy will like his birthday cake
Hoping the fun will never stop
Looking forward to being a teen
Hoping my wish comes true
What about you? What does hope represent for you?
If you would like to take part:
• Post your picture to your blog with a link to http://www.worldvision.org.uk/get-involved/grow-hope/
• Tweet your posts and pictures to @worldvisionuk with the hashtag #growhope or post them on the World Vision UK Facebook wall by July 18th
• Everyone who signs up to show support for Grow Hope will receive a beautiful Grow Hope box. Inside is freshly ground coffee from Ethiopia to share with a friend, and Calendula (marigold) seeds for you to plant, as a reminder of the hope that is being grown in Zambia. Even better, World Vision will give vulnerable families in Zambia orange maize seeds, rich in vitamin A, to help provide children with the nutrition they lack.and to ensure children can live a life free from the fear of hunger.
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