A young girl in Turkana County, Kenya, rejoices at the maize and USAID-provided vegetable oil available for her family through World Vision’s Food for Assets program. The program provides needed emergency food assistance for vulnerable families in Turkana County, while also helping the rural community sustainably increase agriculture productivity. There has been very little rain in Turkana, with drought cycles becoming more frequent.
After witnessing devastating famine conditions in 2017, can we still hope for a world without hunger? We dare to think so. On our next Advocacy Conference Call, hear firsthand from World Vision experts about why we have faith that we can end hunger in our lifetime, plus how you can play a part.
What to Expect on the Call
We’d love to have you join the call, whether it is your first time or you have joined them all! Here’s what you can expect:
- An introduction to food security, why it’s important, and examples of progress from the past 25 years.
- Our experts will share stories about real people they’ve met and the challenges they face. (Meet our experts and the experiences they will bring, below!)
- Insight into how partnership with the U.S. government allows World Vision to multiply its impact and reach more hungry kids around the world – and to help create a world where less children become hungry.
- Discovery of why this is an exciting year for food assistance legislation in Congress – and how there are simple ways you can make an impact!
- Advancement of advocacy skills for those who are ready and insight into what future advocacy can look like for those who are new.
- Time to pray together for our advocacy, our government, and for continued hope for a world without hunger.
- An informal gathering of World Vision donors and advocates to listen and learn together. You can submit questions using the chat box online!
We hope you can join us on Tuesday, February 13 at 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET!
Meet Our Experts on the Call
Thomas Tarus, Business Development Manager for Food Security and Livelihoods
Thomas has over fifteen years of experience in emergency food response and helping rural and urban communities develop resilience to potential natural disasters and adverse weather events. Now based in the D.C. area with his family, the majority of his time has been spent in Kenya and Burundi, managing food assistance programs and grant acquisition for World Vision. Thomas has been a member of the East Africa Regional Disaster Management Team, on the frontlines for providing necessities during emergencies, and currently coordinates design workshops with technical experts in food security and improved livelihoods, develops proposals, and scopes out new grant opportunities for World Vision U.S.
Beth Ann Saracco, Senior Policy Advisor for Food Security and Livelihoods
Beth Ann focuses on global food security issues in both humanitarian response and development contexts. This work has taken her to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, and Haiti to see food security programming at work. Before joining World Vision, Beth Ann led on agricultural development and nutrition issues at Bread for the World. She began her career on Capitol Hill working for two senior members of Congress handling appropriations and foreign affairs issues. Beth Ann is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Georgetown University.
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Photo: Scenes from a food distribution at Naapong Food For Assets site in Turkana, Kenya. © 2017 World Vision/ photo by Jon Warren