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Hunger is something that each and every one of us here at Heifer confronts every day. We are constantly working to raise awareness of the nearly 1 billion people who live with chronic hunger. For those outside the walls, it's easy to forget that hunger is a real problem, but one that has real, sustainable solutions. World Hunger Day serves as a reminder to all of us about this dire problem, and also celebrates the achievements of those who have found a way out of the cycle of hunger and poverty.

Heifer's approach to ending hunger and poverty has been proven time and again in our 70 years. Ours is a long-term strategy that emphasizes community involvement. Much training and preparation is required before families receive a livestock gift from Heifer. These animal gifts help families increase income, which paves the way for more education, improved living conditions, access to bigger markets and many other benefits. Heifer's third-party evaluations have consistently shown improvements in the areas of livestock care and management, education and empowerment.

This World Hunger Day, I'll be remembering and celebrating those Heifer project participants I've had the pleasure to meet personally. Like Hoang Anh Tuan, who has turned a $100 micro-loan and cows from Heifer into a thriving farm. He is sending his son to college, and just bought a new bicycle for his eldest daughter to ride to a school for students gifted in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

But Hoang Anh Tuan is just one of the 20.7 million families Heifer has helped rise out of hunger and poverty. This World Hunger Day we'll be celebrating our work with those families while recognizing that we still have much to do—and recommitting to that work which is before us.

Join Heifer in helping end hunger worldwide, or get involved in the World Hunger Day 2013 activities so you, too, can help provide a path out of hunger for those still suffering.

Author

Annie Bergman

Bergman is a Global Communications Manager for Heifer and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo in her six years at Heifer. Bergman received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Australian Aboriginal Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her hobbies include hiking, golfing, cooking, reading and walking her dogs.