Some donations are like the froth skimmed off a cappuccino, an act of benevolence enabled by a life of work and fortune. But young people without a steady job must deploy their creative energies to fund-raise – whether re-purposing birthday gifts or staging rock concerts, like American Derick Schubert. Derick, who threw himself into raising funds for WFP as he was battling terminal cancer, is a poignant example among the hundreds of young people who each year mobilize awareness and funds to fight hunger:
Sara Belfrage grew up in Sweden dreaming of one day making a difference in Africa. However, even she couldn’t predict just how powerful of an experience working for WFP would be. As a programme officer helping WFP innovate how we do our work in Kenya, she’s discovered again and again what being a humanitarian with WFP comes down to: the people we help. Read on for her full story and some career inspiration.
Norwegian Junior Professional Officer Anette Willhelmsen had lived and worked in challenging environments before beginning her career with WFP but she’d never experienced anything quite like her demanding post in Nepal. Poor roads and weather conditions mean sometimes her team has to walk for days to reach the people they’re trying to help. Stepping up to do whatever it takes to help WFP get the job done, it’s the pace and the challenge of her work that’s given her new skills and perspective about what exactly it means to be a humanitarian.
It’s no surprise that Erika, our Social Media Impact intern from London, was preoccupied with the word “impact” this month. She wanted to figure out how you know you’re actually making an impact in the fight against hunger. Turning to her global peers for help, she discovered that even the smallest actions can have a huge impact in someone’s life. Here she tells you about all that she learned this month – and the cool collage and video she made to capture the experience.