This post is the first in a three-part series of reflections from Lauren Taber (UCSB ‘17) and Ashwini Bhide (UC Berkeley ‘14). In August 2015, the two embarked on an investor trip to Ghana with The Hunger Project, one of our Commitment 2030 Fund partners. They were selected as representatives of our movement because of demonstrated leadership locally and nationally. This blog series is a reflection on their experiences.
To be sure, the mission of The Hunger Project is diverse and expansive, but right in its name lies an issue that is close to the heart of the organization, and to that of the FeelGood movement: hunger.
I had been hearing Big Cheese legends for years, before I went for my first time this summer. When I would ask my now fiancé, Connor Spahn, how everything was going up there in the Colorado mountains, he would enthusiastically shout (because the cell service was so patchy) a lot of details that didn’t really make sense to me at the time (e.g. “I just wrote 100 gratitude notes,” “We need to become vegetarian,” “Pong is dressed up like a wizard,” and so on). Sometimes I’d make out more profound descriptions, like “I’m so inspired,” “Everyone is incredible,” “This is life-changing.” But always, enunciating loud and clear, he’d repeat: “You just have to come!”
Our partnership with The Hunger Project dates back to 2005. Throughout 10 years, the movement has had incredible opportunities to engage with THP’s work and staff, including the annual Fall Gala in New York City. Last fall, for the first time, FeelGood was offered two full-funded spots on their Investor Trip. An incredibly generous donor, who believes in youth engagement as a critical tool to ending extreme poverty by 2030, offered the opportunity. After the great success of Dory Cooper (University of Vermont ’15) and Tim Baccarro (Stevens Insitute of Tech ’15) representing FeelGood in Bangladesh, this generous investor has stepped up yet again.
So what’s next? Well two incredibly talented, passionate, engaged, and promising youth leaders with be representing FeelGood on a THP Investor trip to Ghana this August.
We are completely thrilled and honored to announce our two representatives: Ashwini Bhide (UC Berkeley ’14) and Lauren Taber (UC Santa Barbara ’17)!
I was drawn to FeelGood because it is all about empowerment- empowering the hungry and empowering college students to do something about world hunger.
FeelGood showed me, my fellow members, and everyone who came to our grilled cheese stand that together, we could actually make a tangible difference in this world. FeelGood gave me the opportunity to help build movement of young people who were passionate about improving the lives of those affected by poverty.