Besides only working 7 hours a week teaching and being a radio guest on TBSeFM for 30 minutes a week, I’m also keeping myself busy as an unpaid volunteer at the United Nations World Food Programme here at their Seoul office. As their website states, it is “the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.” They are usually the first to respond to emergencies, refugee situations, and disaster events with food assistance, providing logistics for food delivery and transporting humanitarian aid workers with their air service.
I’m all about global food security, y’all. Here’s the sitch in a nutshell.
Like my girl Hillz says:
“The question is not whether we can end hunger, it’s whether we will.”
— Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
And grandma here would love to add the WFP banner somewhere here on this site but being technologically challenged, I can’t figure out how (yo, I’m still not on a smartphone…). Trust. I just spent 2 hours on the wordpress help page and I’m left just shaking my fist at God…or Rain.
Colbert vs Rain (and you ask why I want to clone him?…and can someone please tell me how to embed videos from sites other than YouTube?!?!)
Anyhoo, one of the perks was that I had the opportunity to help out at the 2012 Seoul Jazz Festival that took place May 19-20. While canvassing the English speaking attendees at the event, I got to see Eric Benet do his thang.
But the best part was getting to watch EARTH WIND AND FREAKING FIRE!!!!!
You KNOW I love me some Earth, Wind & Fire! Those are my JAMZ! Plus, I’ve never seen them in concert. I’ve always been holding out for that fateful day when my besties Lisa & Sarah would manage to visit me in LA at the same time EWF were playing at the Greek Theatre. And part because no one else wants to go see EWF with me. My musical tastes range “mature” and let’s just leave it at that. But everyone who attended the festival were young and even younger than me!
Good times, good times.
And while working at the UN WFP office, I was introduced to the The Earth Group, which is a private company that sells coffee, tea, apparel, and steel water bottles, and gives 100% of their profits to the UN World Food Programme (they’re Canadian, Shells ;). Isn’t that awesome!!!??? If I ever decide to start a business, it’ll have to be like one of these jammers where the focus is on social responsibility and funneling profits into healing the world like Michael Jackson.
Oh Michael, R.I.P.
“So Debs, what type of business” you ask? No clue. But you best believe that I’ma channel Melanie…
Working Girl is GENIUS!
PS – Sigourney Weaver‘s character, Katharine Parker, went to my alma mater Wellesley y’all!!!