Why I’m Fasting

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We all have that one things that makes us itch; something that sets us on edge and makes us question why things happen the way they do.

At World Vision Youth Canada, we reject the fact that things are how they are because that’s “how they’ve always been done.” We won’t stand for taking everything at face value because we are a movement committed to making our lives count. We all have our reasons to rise up and instigate change: this is ours.

Why am I fasting? Find out.

How do you get involved?

Use your voice and share your story. Why are you doing the 30 Hour Famine?
– Take your phone and record a 15 second video answering the question “Why am I fasting?”.
– Then upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and hashtag #WhyImFasting.
– You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter – @30HRFamine and Instagram – @wvyouthcanada

Don’t forget to hashtag #WhyImFasting

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What Can I Do?



You Can Advocate

The most important first step is for you to understand the issue. Knowledge is power!

Community water committees ensure local
ownership and resources to keep the water flowing.
Deep wells, shallow wells, solar pumps;
we tailor solutions to community needs.
Education and tools like hand-washing stations
teach crucial healthy habits.
Key solutions for health, such as latrines,
accompany every water project.

Digging Deeper

Check out Worldvision.ca to understand the issue and the impact we have made so far!
You can also check out water.org and wvi.org for more information.

Now that you are a H20 expert, gather your friends, your teachers anyone you come in contact with and share about the global water crisis that is happening. If you’re at school you can host a booth with water facts. You can show the difference between clean water and dirty water and how important it is to life.


Want a water presentation?

Our resident water expert, Brianna would love to come visit your group
and share her knowledge and expertise about the importance of clean water.
You can connect with her at brianna_locke@worldvision.ca

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You Can Fundraise

There are plenty of ways that you can fundraise for clean water!
Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

– Do a water walk. Gather your group and friends to carry jugs of water through your neighbourhood or across campus.
– Host a booth at your school and educate your classmates and teachers about the importance of clean water.
– Come up with a crazy idea to ride your bike to spread the word!

What’s The Problem?

Water Problem


Every day, we turn on the tap and have free flowing refreshing cold or soothing warm water, instantly. But did you know that we actually have a global water crisis? Around the world, 769 million people do not have access to clean water. Here are the facts:

– The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on its impact to society.
– Women in rural areas of Africa have to walk on average 6KM to fetch water for their families. Children are also often forced to walk this distance, just to get water that is often unsafe to drink.
– 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water.
– Dirty water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene as a result of a lack of clean water all lead to various water related diseases.
– Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.
– Approximately 840,000 people die each year from water related diseases.

Better Together

Think of a time when you had to do something that was beyond your ability and strength. What did you do to get help? For many of us, our first reaction would probably be to seek help from another. Helping one another is an indispensable component of a healthy relationship, family, and community. At the core of social justice activism is the hope to create a just society where each citizen and community plays its part to help one another. Therefore, in our journey to do good and justice in this world, it is vital that we don’t go alone, but together. It’s just better to go together.

There are three reasons that journeying together on a team is better. First, each individual brings with them unique abilities, talents, and resources, that when mixed with what the others bring, can create amazing solutions and results in and through the team. Often, you discover who you are and what you are to do in your relationship to others, for the most meaningful life is tied to being in relationship with and helping others.

Second, a team is place where you can give and receive help. A famous proverb says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Discouragement, pain, and failures will often look to overwhelm us in the work of social justice activism, therefore having teammates who can encourage and help one another up is vital to keep persevering.

And finally, it is with a team that the impact for what you are fighting for can be multiplied and turned into a movement. We, at World Vision Youth Canada, believe in the power of youth activist journeying together as team. From coast to coast, we are witnessing teams of youth rallying their communities to believe in a better future for the world’s most vulnerable children. Through the 30 Hour Famine, we are seeing teams of youth using their abilities, talents, and resources to raise awareness about global hunger and child protection, to raise funds to help communities with insecure food supplies, and to build up one another. With the commitment to encourage and help one another, these youth teams are demonstrating that it is possible to make a difference. Although, one team’s action may seem small, added up they are fueling a movement that is impacting lives and brining people together. Margaret Meed was right in her observation: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

To Live Like Alex

Let the past be part of our driving change for the future to come. Krista was one of the many youths who had applied for the Alex Foto Trip Scholarship. Read about her progress of why she applied and how the stories of Alex impacted her to truly live like Alex.

I first heard of the Alex Foto scholarship on Facebook. Even though I never met Alex we had a lot of mutual friends and the link to apply for the scholarship was popping up all over my news feed. I had been involved in quite a few social justice activities in high school and going on a humanitarian trip has always been on my radar. After I thought about it I decided to go for it. I didn’t even tell my parents I was applying because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. After I wrote about my community involvement, athletic teams and my desire to live like Alex, I waited. When I received the email saying I was in the top five I had to hold back a scream because my mom was driving. It was such an honor to even be considered for a scholarship in the name of such an amazing person. I was so excited that I spent the last few hours before my interview preparing and practicing with my mom about the things I should talk about. Then I went down to the basement, shut the door, and told my parents that they had to stay upstairs until I was done.

Talking on the phone with Alex’s mom was heart breaking and enlightening at the same time. It was really hard for me to try and talk about my accomplishments and the interests Alex and I shared, when I knew she must have still been experiencing so much pain. That night, Ms. Foto talked to five people who all aspire to accomplish the same things her daughter has and I can’t even begin to think how difficult that must have been. However, it was also a testament of how Alex’s actions have touched and inspired so many people to make a difference, including me.

The next morning Ms. Foto called and when she told me I was going to be joining her on the trip I was completely overwhelmed and excited, I was jumping and smiling and crying and I just couldn’t believe that something that had seemed such a far off chance at one point was actually becoming a reality. Throughout all this excitement however, I also started to feel incredibly guilty. As amazing as it is that a scholarship was set up in Alex’s name and that she is going to be remembered in this incredible way, I also wish there didn’t have to be a scholarship. I felt guilty because I never should have filled out an application or had an interview. Alex should be here and at school in Waterloo. She should be cheerleading and studying for midterms and organizing events with the World Vision Club she founded. She should be applying for summer jobs and hanging out with her friends and visiting her family on the weekends. I felt guilty accepting a scholarship when there shouldn’t even be one in the first place, and that is still a hard concept to get my head around. We had a lot of things in common, and it’s amazing to have these constant reminders of her life and the amazing things she accomplished while she was here. She is, and always will be remembered, and these daily reminders of her life and accomplishments inspires me to live more like her; to live like Alex.

I have learned about Alex and her story from Facebook, friends and newspaper articles. I am excited to go on this trip to learn more about who Alex was, what inspired her and how she continues to make a difference for so many people.

Hungry Yet?

Hungry – Adjective: /ˈhəNGɡrē/
Having a strong desire or craving, an eager NEED for something.

Are you hungry? At this present moment, maybe you are. Maybe you skipped breakfast this morning because you slept in and rushed out the door… again! Maybe you don’t have a lunch because after raiding your kitchen, you couldn’t find anything that you really like. Or maybe you’ve decided that last night’s leftovers just won’t cut it twice in a row, so you pull out another $5.00 and line up at McD’s.

It is a scientifically well-known fact that we as living human beings need food to survive, and therefor is an essential part of everyday life. The fascinating thing is that society today has become unabashedly overindulged in food culture. We eat what we want, when we want, how we want, no matter the cost or repercussions. We justify our so called “hunger” with conclusive statements such as “it has essential nutrients”, “today’s my cheat day”, “why not, it’s 2 for 1”, or “I’m craving this so bad right now”. Sound familiar? I know I do it. How can you not if you’ve grown up, never having to worry about whether your parents could afford to feed you today. Never asking yourself “what should I eat”, but “will I eat”? Never worrying about how much fat or sugar that snack bar contains, but rather wondering if a few spoonfuls of beans will make the pain subside, even just for today.

Hunger is real; it’s more than just a stomach growl, or a passing thought or feeling.

Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis COMBINED (World Food Program). That’s a fact that I can’t live with, simply because it just does not make sense. How twisted is it that every year in Canada alone, fast food revenue reaches over 5 billion in sales, all the while masses of people across the planet are starved, malnourished, and without access to fundamental nutritional resources. This is NOT okay.

I wish to express to you, that although I have never experienced real hunger, I am hungry. I have a different kind of hunger, a craving bigger than chocolate. This is a hunger to live beyond average, a hunger to see different, a hunger to be part of a greater movement, a hunger to step up, reach out, and be heard. I have a hunger to fight for change, to create change, and be change.
So again, I ask you, are YOU hungry?

On April 24/25th, 2015, join us in our fight against hunger. “Eat Nothing, Do Something”.

Do Something.

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