I wrote last week about the bloggers I see using their platforms to open eyes and ears to issues that need to be discussed. The blogosphere is filled with everyday reminders that doing something small is doing something huge. That the doing something, anything is what matters.
In the last months, I’ve written about hunger in America and shared stories of friends who’ve gone abroad to document the realities of food crises in India, Africa and Sri Lanka, and those doing so right in our own backyards. I’ve wondered how much I can do. How much I can help. Why I can’t do more? (The battle of Mother Teresa and Veruca Salt wages on.)
Those of us lucky enough to contemplate whether a cup is half-full have likely not faced the reality of a cup completely and utterly empty. Of being unsure of how or when it will be filled.
Bright red cups like the ones these children hold are a sign of hope and health to 20 million children in 70 countries around the world.
Each day, the World Food Project is filling bright red mugs with rice, beans or porridge and bringing meals to those who might otherwise starve.
25 cents fills a cup. A quarter. A bit of loose change.
THE WFP School Meals program not only gives a child a healthier life now, but a chance for a brighter future. Because the WFP knows kids can’t excel in the classroom when they’re hungry. The WFP also knows that in the poorest countries, school meals could also encourage families to send children to school in the first place – especially girls.
Those of us lucky enough to contemplate whether a cup is half-full are likely unaware that in many parts of the world sending girls to school is deemed unimportant; that educating girls isn’t seen as having much of a ROI.
The WFP has created a “take-home rations” program for families who send girls to school. They go home with “basic food items, often including a sack of rice and a can of cooking oil” and the potential to become more than they could have imagined possible.
One day, these boys and girls could become great thinkers, innovators and leaders. Right now, we can keep them from starving. Let’s plan for the future by dealing with the present.
I can spare 25 cents a day. I can fill a cup or two, maybe more. But even if I can only fill two cups, or one cup, it’s FILLING CUPS. Feeding people who would otherwise go hungry.
That’s when the Veruca business gets a reality check. Doing something is always doing more than has been done before. There is no minimum amount of help that is helpful.
Today I am placing this cup on my desk. And I’ll begin filling it with change each day. Some days more, some less. (All help is helpful, Veruca.) At the end of the month, I’ll take that change, add it up and send it to the World Food Program School Meals via PayPal. And then I’ll start again.
Now, I am passing the cup as it was passed to me (thank you, Dresden andThe Mission List). I’ve asked five truly inspiring bloggers I know to write, tweet, FB post, Instagram, or shout from the rooftops that by giving a little or giving a lot to the WFP, we can make a difference. We can #fillthecup until this cup runneth over. Here are a few posts from those who took the cup for a refill:My Cup Runs Over So Now I Will FILL A CUP by Krishann at His Mrs Her Mr Filling Cups, Changing Lives ~ #fillthecup by Heidi at The Conscious Perspective
You can also join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #fillthecup.
And with this info, I’m handing you a cup, too. One currently empty but brimming with hope.
Spread the word. Spare some change. Be the change.