Facts & Faces

Raise Your Voice – A music video in support of CROP Hunger Walks. Music by singer/songwriter K.C. Clifford, kcclifford.com.


In September 2000, 189 countries, including the United States, endorsed the Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the percentage of people living in extreme poverty and substantially improve health and education in impoverished countries by 2015.

In 19 developing countries, the number of hungry has dropped by 80 million over ten years.

Latin America and the Caribbean are likely to achieve this objective to cut hunger in half by 2015.

Still, over 854 million people around the world remain hungry – about equal to the population of the western hemisphere.

Most of these people are not victims of famine, but suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition that stunts growth and saps both energy and potential.

Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes – about one child every five seconds.

1.1 billion people in developing countries live on an income of $1 a day or less.

Founded in 1946, Church World Service stands with impoverished people around the world, as they envision a way to reach a better future.

Last year CROP Hunger Walks and events helped to raise over $15 million to support the efforts by Church World Service to fight hunger locally and globally.

With those resources, Church World Service was able to provide wells, seeds, tools, and literacy training to African farmers – who are mostly women.

Whether it be emergency medical supplies for flood victims in the United States, health services and safe water for the displaced in Darfur, and vocational training for indigenous communities in Latin America – these are only just a few of the ways you are making a difference through your CROP Hunger Walk. Thank you!

What difference does it make?

  • $72 can provide emergency food supplies for the needs of a family of five for a month.
  • $120 can enable three women to attend a literacy class for a year and change their lives forever.
  • $200 can provide a struggling farm family with a water buffalo to significantly increase their food production, as well as a strong back to carry product to market.
  • $350 can enable the eldest in a child-headed household of AIDS orphans to receive vocational training so they can support their siblings and themselves.
  • $1050 can support community based health, hygiene, and sanitation training for an entire community.

“Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute . . . defend the rights of the poor and needy” -Proverbs 31:8-9

Who We Help


Children of the World
Glimpses of children around the world, with a song by Tim Janis, in support of CROP Hunger Walks. The song is sung by school children in Kenya.


Life is transformed–particularly for women and girls–when a community builds a sand dam and gains ready access to safe water, with support from Church World Service. Produced by RippleEffectImages.org.

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, I shall not live in vain.” -EMILY DICKINSON