For many of us, the world today looks drastically different today than it did a year ago. The past year has brought a tremendous amount of change in our nation and in our world. No matter what your political affiliations are, last weekend’s marches showed that millions of Americans aren’t satisfied with standing still. Each of us has a voice, and we are powerful when we raise them together.
We can all agree that having 795 million people in our world facing hunger is 795 million too many. And we can all agree that this isn’t a problem that has to stay. Together, we can fight hunger NOW. We can be the generation that eradicates hunger and extreme poverty. We just have to stand together to do it, and we have to make it a priority.
Last year, CWS programs in Asia reached more than 120,000 people to help them access sustainable sources of food, clean water, stronger livelihoods and brighter futures. Together, we accompanied 7,000 farmers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to improve their food security. In a nation where an extraordinary amount of vulnerable families’ income can be spent on energy costs, we helped equip the first energy independent community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We can do this much and more this year. But we can’t do it without our CROP Hunger Walk volunteers and supporters. Together, we can walk this spring towards eradicating hunger. We can walk towards clean water for all. We will walk towards a future where children can play, attend school and ultimately just be kids. So let’s do this. Raise your voice. Bring your friends. Let’s walk together.
Mary Catherine Hinds is the National Community Events Strategist at CWS.