Feed The Children telling a story of hope

The Oklahoma City-based humanitarian relief agency Feed The Children on Thursday launched the Story of Hope, an interactive experience that chronicles the mission of hunger relief, during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and debut event at its headquarters.

by Carla Hinton Modified: May 17, 2013 at 9:59 am •  Published: May 17, 2013

“Because we cannot take all of you to where we are working around the world, we’re bringing the world to Oklahoma,” Engelke said.

A glimmer of hope

After showcasing the plight of Kibera slums, the exhibit offered a ray of hope.

For example, visitors learned that the father of the toddler battling AIDS and tuberculosis was taken to the organization’s Abandoned Babies Center outside Nairobi when he could no longer care for him. The child was reunited with some family members after he had been given much-needed medical care and proper nutrition at the center.

Also, Feed The Children staff members who served as guides talked about the educational and work opportunities the agency provides around the globe, along with food for hungry families. One area of the exhibit featured the organization’s various “livelihood projects,” where the indigent are taught to become self-sufficient by using looms or harvesting honey, or through some other project. Hagan said the organization conducts these projects and programs in addition to providing a hot meal each weekday to 350,000 children around the globe. A gift shop at the end of the exhibit allows visitors to purchase items created in the targeted countries, with proceeds to go toward Feed The Children programs.

Hagan said the organization, with its global missions outreach, is a good fit for the state.

“Oklahoma’s spirit of community, of brotherly love, are important values,” Hagan said.

“This city means a lot to us,” Hagan said.

Lamb thanked the organization on behalf of Gov. Mary Fallin and the state. He said it was important to note that the nonprofit’s mission of hope has a Christian premise.

“One of the first things Christ did during his Earthly ministry was to meet a physical need,” Lamb said.

Stephanie Condeluci, Feed The Children regional manager, said youth groups, church groups, businesses and other organizations will be able to tour the Story of Hope by appointment.

“Once you take the tour, then you get the whole gamut of what we do,” she said.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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