Why Famine?

One in nine people on earth is still chronically hungry.

School Famine gives students a chance to do something about this unacceptable tragedy. By going hungry or giving up a nice meal, students can get a glimpse of the everyday struggles faced by the poor. Our thought-provoking poverty simulations also create an unforgettable experience. Come join in the fight against global poverty through 3Hs – Head (Knowledge), Heart (Empathy) and Hand (Action)!

What is School Famine? Let’s hear what the teachers and students say about their experiences.




Kids Famine
(Kindergartens & Primary Schools)

Little kids can make a big difference. World Vision’s Kids Famine empowers children to fight world hunger through lunchtime programmes such as the Rich & Poor’s Banquet, Light Meal and Skip-A Meal. Besides the food element, the simulation activities also give students a unique learning experience about global poverty. We will provide all the resources you need to create an exciting Famine!

What is it?
An experiential activity divides students into the rich and the poor to see why there is a the gap between the rich and the poor and to help students reflect on their lifestyle choices.

Kindergarten - Rich and Poor’s Tea
Experiential Activity: The Loaf Matching Game
Level: K2-3
Duration: 40-60 minutes
Lead time: 4 weeks
Capacity: 50 students

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Primary School - Rich and Poor’s Banquet
Experiential Activity: The Rich & Poor Board Game
Level: Year 4-6
Duration: 60 minutes
Lead time: 4-6 weeks
Capacity:100-150 students

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Support from World Vision:
  • Programme guidelines, Powerpoint slides, video links, stickers, posters, activity materials for loan*
  • Onsite support if there are 100+ participants*
*First come, first served.

What is it?
Students give up a normal meal and just have bread and water for lunch or tea to experience what it is like to live in hunger. They will also learn about the struggles of poor children through child labour simulations.

Kindergarten - Light Tea
Level: K2-3
Duration: 40-60 minutes
Lead time: 4 weeks
Capacity: 50 students
Simulation: Paper Bag Making

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Primary School - Light Meal
Level: Year 1-3
Duration: 60 minutes
Lead time: 4-6 weeks
Capacity:100-150 students
Simulation: The Firecracker Factory

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Support from World Vision:
  • Programme guidelines, Powerpoint slides, video links, stickers, posters, activity materials for loan*
  • Onsite support if there are 100+ participants*
*First come, first served.

Create your own Famine!
We also welcome schools to design their own Famine programmes. Get in touch with us and tell us your idea! Feel free to borrow or download our school resources:

  • E-story books (for kindergartens)
  • Videos
  • Banners
  • Exhibition boards
  • Stickers
  • Posters

Click here to browse our resources catalogue.



Youth Famine
(Secondary Schools & Tertiary Institutions)


World Vision hopes to bring together the power of young people in the fight against global hunger and poverty. Our thought-provoking poverty simulation activities, compelling videos, inspirational discussion ideas will all add up to an unforgettable experience for students. Get student leaders on their feet to change the world!


What is it?

By fasting together for 10 to 30 hours, students put themselves in the shoes of the hungry and raise funds to save hungry children. Sign up and get our Famine Kit which provides useful resources for organisers.

Inside the Famine Kit, you can find:

  • Hunger facts
  • Programme ideas
  • Poverty simulation ideas
  • Fundraising guidelines
  • Sponsorship forms & other documents


More support from World Vision:

  • Posters and stickers
  • Simulation materials for loan
  • Vision Talk on event day


What is it?

This is a 1-hour programme which can be done during lunchtime or in class. By skipping a meal or just having little bread and water for lunch, students experience what it is like to live in hunger. They will also learn about the struggles of poor children through one of the following simulations:

  • Child Labour in Sweatshops – Manufacturing polo shirts
  • You Reap What You Sow? – Farming simulation
  • The Plight of Street Children – Life in a rubbish dump

Sign up to borrow our simulation plans and materials.

What is it?

This is a 1-hour programme which can be done during lunchtime or in class. Students will be divided into the rich and the poor and have very different meals. In this experiential activity, students will explore the issue of wealth inequality and think about how they could help in their daily lives. You may also fit one of the poverty simulations into the programme:

  • Child Labour in Sweatshops – Manufacturing polo shirts
  • The Chosen Ones – Gender & Hunger

Sign up to borrow our simulation plans and materials.

Create your own Famine!

We also welcome schools to design their own Famine programmes or campaigns. Get in touch with us and tell us your idea! Feel free to borrow or download our school resources:


Click here to browse our resources catalogue.



The Famine Checklist

1. Goal Setting and Planning

  • Set your programme goal. You may also bring in other poverty issues related to hunger.
  • Set the event date, time, venue and target participants
  • Decide whether or not to include fundraising in your event

2. Event Format

  • Choose your event format:
    • Rich & Poor Meal/Tea
    • Light Meal/Tea
    • Skip-A-Meal
    • 10 to 30-Hour Famine

3. Contact Us

  • Fill in the enrolment form (kindergarten / primary / youth) and fax it to World Vision’s Public Education Department
  • Download suitable resources from our website (e.g. workshop guidelines and other educational resources)

4. Pre-event

  • Prepare programme rundown, division of work and promgramme materials
  • Contact us to discuss programme details and schedule a Vision Talk

5. Promotion

6. Famine Day

  • Have fun!
  • Ask for World Vision’s on-site support if there are 100+ participants

7. Post-event

  • Share your success and photos with us
  • Collect and submit all donations (if any)


Tel: (852) 2399 3427 (Kindergartens & Primary schools) │ (852) 2399 3476 (Youth)
Fax: (852) 2394 0566
e-mail: edu@worldvision.org.hk

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