24.9.17

Share a meal with World Vision

A while ago I had the good fortune to attend the launch of WorldVision's 'Share-a-meal' campaign, headed up by Selasi Gbormittah, made famous by the TV show The Great British Bake Off, and it was fun but also really eye opening.

World Vision Share a Meal Launch event in London

Star baker, Selasi, recently visited the desperate children and families living in Uganda in Bidi Bidi, the world’s largest refugee settlement and is now asking people to share a meal with friends and family and donate together to support World Vision’s work with the world’s vulnerable children.

Selasi at the World Vision Share a Meal launch in London
DD and I meet Selasi at the World Vision Launch in London

At the launch Selasi shared some of his cooking flair and skill and made us delicious chicken skewers and other tasty dishes.

Selasi cooking at the World Vision share a meal launch

food on offer at the World Vision share a meal launch

Selasi also showed us what a monthly ration of food for a refugee in a Ugandan refugee camp looked like, and told us about his experiences cooking and eating with the refugees. One thing that struck him was the monotony of the food, no extras, no spices, so many things we take for granted when we sit down to eat. And the time it takes to cook when you also have to find firewood and light a fire.

A months worth of food for a refugee in Uganda

Selasi said: “It’s heartbreaking to see pain and hunger etched onto the faces of orphaned children and hear their harrowing stories of rape and violence. It is vital that, as a community, we come together to do what we can to help provide these kids with a better future.”

Selasi meets refugees in Uganda

Hundreds of thousands of children are streaming into Uganda’s refugee settlements from a brutal civil war in neighbouring South Sudan. Many flee after seeing their parents murdered and walk for days or weeks without food or shelter. They hide in the bush during the day, moving at night to avoid being killed by fighting parties. They arrive at the border alone, traumatised and hungry. World Vision is helping to feed children in the refugee settlements, find them foster families and give them a new start.

Selasi found that just spending time with people and sharing food helped to make them feel less alone and more 'wanted'. I think it's something we take for granted, eating together, sharing a meal. Which is why the SHARE a Meal campaign is so nice, it's a simple idea, share a meal with friends and donate the value of the meal to WorldVision so that they can help others, less fortunate, share a meal too.

Tim Pilkington, World Vision UK CEO added: “World Vision UK feels strongly that we can’t stand by while children in Uganda go hungry or fail to grow because they don’t have enough good food. We are confident that through Share A Meal, we can help some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

  • There are 1 million refugees from South Sudan living in Uganda. 
  • Around 600,000 of them are children
  • 1 in 3 children across Uganda are suffering from malnutrition 
  • World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. 

Request a SHARE a Meal Kit via the WorldVision Website

Selasi shares a meal

WIN AN EXCLUSIVE MEAL WITH SELASI
You can also Win a meal with Selasi (and I can vouch for the fact that he is charm itself, he's really interesting to talk to and great fun)

The Share a Meal competition gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the coolest baker form GBBO.

If you’re missing seeing Selasi on screen, enter WorldVision's Share a Meal photo competition for your chance to win a meal for you and a friend cooked by Selasi – and help vulnerable children at the same time.

Take a picture of a Share a Meal event and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #ShareaMeal and tagging @worldvisionuk to enter.

Selasi in Uganda with World Vision