I have the privilege of traveling the world to evaluate Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding initiatives. With this, I’m constantly stepping back and forth between extremes. The following paradox explains these extremes well. Here in America, today is “Eat What You Want Day,” a day intended to give people like me a day without our diets. Today is also the day I leave for Nicaragua where among other projects, Convoy of Hope is working to provide food for children that currently pick through a dump in order to eat.
I am passionate about feeding kids, but I am even more passionate about ending hunger. At Convoy of Hope we’re fighting to end hunger by fostering education through in-school feeding programs, helping women find opportunities to provide for their families and working with farmers to find long term food-security solutions right at home.
What would the people that I’m privileged to work along side in places like Haiti and Kenya think of today’s holiday? Would the the 125,000 children in our feeding initiative wonder why such a day exists? Would the kids in the dump in Nicaragua be able to fathom that some people really can “eat whatever they want?”
Personally, I may celebrate in Nicaragua, a day off of Paleo sounds great! More importantly, today I’m challenged to work harder to ensure that more children will have the opportunity to decide what they will eat instead of wondering if they’ll eat.