This ONE volunteer wrote a letter on the importance of nutrition—and her representative wrote back

This ONE volunteer wrote a letter on the importance of nutrition—and her representative wrote back

By Moksha Sommer, musician and ONE Congressional District Representative

My husband, Jemal Wade Hines, and I had our first experience volunteering with ONE a little less than a year ago: The U2 tour came to Montreal and we offered to help talk to people attending the concert about ONE and how they could be involved. We’d been familiar with the work of ONE for a number of years and were always impressed and moved by what was being done and the issues being addressed.

In the early fall of 2015, we met with ONE’s Regional Field Director for the Southeast and he proposed to us that we become the Congressional District Representatives for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district. We gladly took this on and, I must say, ONE made the role easy! All the needed materials are provided and our role is simply to give voice to those materials and be the social creatures that we are.

From that period forward, we worked with our local community on writing letters for the Electrify Africa Act. And as full time touring musicians with our group HuDost, we felt that we had the opportunity to give further voice to the work of ONE to our own fan base and crowds, so we also began talking about ONE at our shows and requesting that people make phone calls from the different locations we were touring.


We attended March’s ONE Power Summit in DC and that gave us far greater insight into the work at hand. The work being done around malnutrition covers the most basic needs being faced in certain regions. As a mother to a 2 year old, the fact that malnutrition killed almost 3 million children in 2014, and is still to blame for nearly half of the deaths of children under age 5 around the world leaves me asking what I can possibly do to help. Fortunately, ONE is providing us with that means!


Since returning from the conference, my husband and I attended a meeting with Senator Rand Paul and briefly discussed these issues. I also wrote the following letter to the Bowling Green Daily News, which was published in March:

Dear Editor,

I write you today as Brett Guthrie and his colleagues in Congress craft the federal government’s budget for FY 2017. As they do so, I encourage Guthrie to protect cost-effective, life-saving programs that fight diseases like HIV/AIDS, tackle hunger, and help the world’s poor pull themselves out of poverty for good, all for less than 1% of the federal budget.

I am a mother to an amazing two year old. Every day I am so thankful that we live close to Bowling Green where there is access to everything we need. We are never hungry and when my little boy is sick there are clinics and medicine available. This is not true for so many people. The budget that would be used is pre-allotted and would not have any negative effect on citizens of the USA.

The facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030. We’ve come too far in the fight against extreme poverty to turn back now. So, Guthrie, please protect life-saving programs—like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and our nutrition aid—as the budget process moves forward.

With Much Gratitude,
Moksha Sommer

I was grateful that the letter was published and was quite delighted when I received the letter below in response from Representative Guthrie!

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In the last few weeks, we have done a couple of performances with Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay—who we met while in DC—and will be doing some volunteering with other ONE Congressional District Representatives next week for his organization Blood:Water. We will also be speaking at our church in order to encourage people in our community to write letters for nutrition. The work continues but is successful! We are proud to be part of ONE and know that our small actions are nothing on their own but, with the power of the collective, can truly change lives.

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