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.