It’s that wonderful time of the year when we pull out our red cups and begin the ritual of filling them with coins to feed the world’s hungriest children. We joyfully team up with the largest global organization fighting hunger which is the World Food Program (WFP) or in our case WFPUSA.
Why did we choose WFP? Because they have a track record over the past 50 years of delivering food to those in crisis, but just as important, they help remote villages learn more productive ways of farming so they can eventually build their economy and feed themselves. In other words they are not just a feel good charity but are effective change agents in creating a more secure world. That is why Bill and Melinda Gates and Howard Buffet direct their philanthropic efforts to WFP. They want their money to make a sustainable difference and SO DO WE.
Every year Pioneers of Peace raises funds for WFP’s school feeding program because we believe children are our future. Mahatma Gandhi said:
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
We believe this begins with education. Children cannot learn when they are starving. WFP has discovered that parents who would otherwise not allow their daughters to attend will, if they know they receive a meal. On top of that, when children go to school they are often given extra food for their family; a win win for everyone.
Here is how it works…
Select a cup in which to collect all your spare change, from now until Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day we ask that you count your cupful of coins and donate that amount directly to the World Food Program USA, following the link provided on the Pioneers of Peace™ website.
This small effort on your part will have a huge impact on children who would otherwise remain hungry and malnourished. Just 25 cents feeds a child in school for a day.
We often think the world’s problems are too big for us to make a difference; but feeding a hungry child really does make a difference! Join us as we give hope and a brighter future to the world’s children who are most in need.
… Ask you for money you don’t have
… Ask you to forgo your holiday gift giving
… Ask you to starve so that you can feel the pain
… Ask you to give up your family vacation
… Ask for an ongoing monthly donation
… Ask you to donate to an organization that doesn’t have a track record
… Ask you to give Pioneers of Peace™ your money
We DO ask
… That you find a cup worthy of holding precious coins that will pay for school
… That over the course of the campaign you fill the cup with your loose change
… That you look under your cushions, empty the bottom of your purses, search through your junk drawers, pick up coins off the street, and send your children on a hunt for lost coins waiting to be transformed into nutritionally complete meals.
…That between Thanksgiving Day and Dec 1st you liberate the buying power of the change you collected by donating it to WFPUSA on the Pioneer of Peace Thanks”Giving”Cup Campaign link
…That you take this easy opportunity to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children
…That your choice to help will have a ripple effect of goodness in the world
…That your children will have the seeds of gratitude and compassion planted in their hearts
…That you know you have made a difference
…That children who would otherwise be searching for food or working, can receive an education.
…That through all of our efforts, we will see the end of hunger in our lifetime
We are Pioneers of Peace™, doing our part to eliminate hunger in the world. Join us this Thanksgiving season in expressing gratitude through making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.