Flannery Correspondence

March 20, 2013

Hunger Empathy

Filed under: Charity, Charity and Generosity, Good Causes — Tags: , , , , , — bcflannfam @ 04:46

(Regarding the charity 25 in Change [1] [2]🙂

One of the interesting things about this charity is that they are cultivating empathy.  For example, children around the world will be eating meals of rice and beans thanks to this charity — so the advocates are eating nothing but rice and beans.  The children would otherwise go hungry more often than not — so the advocates are eating a limited portion and coping with hunger — and skipping meals if they cannot procure sponsors.

More subtle:  Advocates are not allowed to receive sponsorship until two days before the event begins.  25 days eating meals only when those meals are sponsored — and sponsors have no more than two days warning.  The empathy element in this comes from the “food insecurity” of not knowing when and if the next meal is coming.  Many people live with that insecurity as an ongoing reality; I guess we can deal with it for 25 days.


[1]  http://25inchange.org
[2]  https://flannco.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/decision-charity-participant/


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