Feed A Child, Feed A Dream: Join “The Lunch Money Challenge” October 14 – 18, 2013

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Today’s gift:  giving the gift of lunch to hungry children.

Can you imagine what is it like to be extremely hungry in school?  Or what it is like to spend an afternoon starving while you are trying to learn?

This week, Oct 14-18, I am fundraising through “The Lunch Money Challenge” which encourages people to bring their lunch to work or school instead of buying it and to donate the proceeds to support childhood hunger and education.

Did you know that every day, an estimated 66 million students across the developing world will go to school hungry?

Or that 25 cents fills a cup with a healthy and nutrious meal for a hungry student?

Or for just the price of crayons ($1.50) you could feed a student for a week?  And for $50 you could feed a student for an entire school year?

Alongside a powerful group of bloggers and social media influencers, I am taking the challenge to raise money for lunchtime school meals for hungry children in Honduras, Kenya and Niger.   In fact, last week I had one of the most inspiring calls of my life with Fatuma Mohamed* in Kenya about this program and her work. Her personal story and inspiration across the phone lines from Kenya touched me deeply.  You can help by joining in.  It’s so simple!

1.  For the next 4 days, bring work to lunch or eat in (if you work from home or are at home).

2.  Save the money you would normally spend for the week.

3.  Donate your own “Lunch Money” to hungry children here.

Last year, the World Food Program provided meals to over 24 million school children in 60 countries.

Please give the gift of lunch!

These visuals and statistics from the World Food Program USA will inspire you — feel free to repost and share.

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Follow the campaign on Twitter:  #feedadream and follow @WFPUSA

Please note: This post is part of a campaign with The Mission List and the World Food Program USA. All opinions are my own.


Fatuma Mohamed is a senior program assistant with the World Food Program in Dadaab, Kenya.  Growing up in Kenya’s northeastern province, Fatuma’s connection to WFP began when she was 7 years old. As a young student, she received hot meals through the organization’s school meals programe.

Fatuma lost her father when she was 4 years old. Her mother had little money and faced hostility in their family because she refused to be inherited as Fatuma’s father’s brother’s wife. Although her mother had no formal education, she wanted her children to have the opportunity to go to school. At this time, though, the Somali community did not believe in allowing girls to go to school.

However, Fatuma and her siblings were able to attend school with the help of local administrators. WFP provided daily mid-morning school meals of porridge for Fatuma and her siblings there. She graduated from the Jaribu Primary School and later went on to receive a higher university diploma in agriculture and home economics.

Fatuma is now a mother herself. She and her husband have three children, two boys and one girl ranging in age from five to 18.

Fatuma has been working for WFP since July 2005. In her role, she works to ensure accountability and transparency in food distributions, supervises other staff and coordinates WFP activities with partner organizations, among other things.

Day #5 – Alex and Ani to give to Water.org

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Today’s gift: socially conscious company Alex and Ani will support our Water.org – Mission List fundraiser with a Parties With A Purpose event.

Tomorrow, I’m hosting this event with local bloggers!

It’s amazing to part of this cause and seeing the doors fundraising opens.

Here’s to giving Water (and shopping!).

Click here to give:

and shop at Alex and Ani here:

Thank you Alex and Ani!

Day #4 – How Do You Get Your Water?

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Today’s gift:  gratitude for the running water and working toilet in my home.

What if you had to get your water this way every day?

Click HERE for Water.org images.

Please donate today to The Mission List’s Water.org fundraiser and save a life.

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Photo Credit:  http://www.ncgud.com/resources/general-tips/

Water.org Day #3 — 42 lives saved and National News

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Today’s gift:  The Huffington Post features our Water.org Mission List fundraiser!

Click here to read the post on HuffPost Water.

It’s Day 3 and we have raised $1060 — that means 42 people now have water for life.

Click here to donate — $25 gives a lifetime of water to one person.

Give Water Day #2.

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Today’s gift: Give Water Day #2.

The second day of the Water.org fundraising is changing lives.  We’ve raised $955 and saved 38 lives.

I hope you will watch this video about “Tackling the Water Crisis” from Water.org and head over to give by clicking here.

Check back here tomorrow for the link to my Huffington Post piece about our social media campaign.

Matt Damon, Me, and Water, Water, Everywhere!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.*

Today is a special gift-giving day here on My So-Called Sensory Life:   Giving the gift of Water.

I am thrilled to be working alongside celebrity Matt Damon (ok, from VERY, VERY far away and likely he’ll never even see my name or read this post but still right?????!!!!!) and Gary White (both co-founders of Water.org) and the entire Water.org team (shout out to Jenn Beard!) along with The Mission List to raise money to bring clean water to Haiti.

The next time you take a shower, flush the toilet, turn on your faucet, or put an ice cube in your child’s drink, think about what your life would be like without water.   Personally, I still haven’t forgotten what is was like to face a few days without power and water when my twins were born.

Even though we all need it for survival, nearly 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to safe water and 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a toilet. It’s 2012, and more people have a cell phone than a toilet!   It’s staggering to think about this isn’t it?

The good news:  there is something we can all do to help.

It’s as simple as pouring yourself a glass of water or opening bottled water –just Click here and please donate $25 and you will give one person water for life (LIFE!!! YES, LIFE!!!).  If you can’t afford $25 then give any amount you can please.

Donations can be made to my fundraiser page from September 6 to September 16 (that’s ten days and during that time I will be trying to raise enough money to help change the lives of ten people — 10 days, 10 lives).

I’d love for you to join me and Matt Damon and Give Water today so that more folks can shout “Got Water!”

You can read posts by my blog pals for the next 10 days by clicking through to our board on Pinterest.  And be sure to visit My So-Called Sensory Life for the next 10 days for my new Water.org posts.  I’ll also tweet (using hashtag #10Days10LivesTML) and post regularly to facebook, too.

Water:  you can’t wrap it up with a pretty bow but you can give it to someone who needs it today.


Note:  All images and video courtesy of Water.org

*The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

*My post is part of a social media “10 Days, 10 Lives” campaign partnership between The Mission List and Water.org.