Who: Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry
What: A field visit with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Where: Jinotega, Nicaragua
Why: To see Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign in action
In July 2014, Halle Berry traveled with WFP to Nicaragua on behalf of Watch Hunger Stop. The hunger-fighting initiative, launched by Michael Kors in early 2013, sponsors school meals for children in need around the world. Berry has been a partner with Kors from the beginning of Watch Hunger Stop, and her visit was captured by a camera crew from National Geographic.
As Berry toured schools and met with families in the rural province of Jinotega, her gentle warmth charmed the children she met. At each stop, with parents and teachers shyly looking on, she asked students about the games they loved and the subjects they studied, hugging the little ones and making the older ones laugh. At lunchtime, she helped the mothers of the village—who are responsible for preparing and delivering the food that WFP provides, with help from Watch Hunger Stop—serve a nutritious meal.
“It was incredibly moving,” says Berry of the visit. “It’s hard to describe the mix of emotions you feel—sadness, certainly, to sit and talk with children who don’t get the nutrition they need to grow. But also respect and admiration for their families and communities, who do so much for them. And a great sense of hope, because this is something that’s working. And then there’s joy, real joy, because these kids are full of joy.”
What’s Next: We're excited to offer the chance for one winner and a friend to accompany Michael Kors and WFP on a field visit. To learn more about this rare opportunity, and for official rules, see the entry page.