Congratulations, griots!

Last week, ONE, in partnership with the World Food Programme and WFP USA, had the privilege of graduating 126 griots in 33 countries from our online course, “Growing Solutions to End Hunger: The Hunger and Agriculture Griot Project.”

In six weeks, our students completed a minimum of 48 hours of coursework related to hunger issues, international development policy, and advocacy skill-building. They reached out to policy makers, honed their persuasive writing and speaking skills, and mobilized their communities; but more importantly, they showed their passion for hunger and agriculture issues.

For their final project, we asked the griot students to plan and execute a project or event that mobilized others in the fight against hunger. The griot events were attended by thousands of people and generated 702 letters to US members of Congress, 209 letters to the editor, and 801 new ONE members. Needless to say, the events made quite an impact in the fight to maintain current and future funding for international hunger and agricultural programs. Check out our slide show to view some of the amazing events that took place all over the world.

Stay tuned to the ONE website for upcoming griot course opportunities in 2012!