Bread and the Beauty Queen
Like hundreds of Bread activists, Tanya Auguste returned home after Bread’s National Gathering 2011 last week to put her passion and advocacy to work. Auguste is a delegate for the Miss Black Illinois USA Pageant 2012 and is using Bread for the World as her platform. Her goal is to increase awareness in the African-American community about global hunger and poverty.
Last month, Auguste represented Bread at a Haiti benefit concert held at the Haitian Church of God in Chicago. During the event, she shared information about Bread and invited the audience to watch the 2011 Offering of Letters video, which features a Haitian woman named Rosemene Charles. Auguste hoped the video would create an immediate call to action in the audience.
“The concert allowed me to introduce the idea of using our collective Christian voices to make political changes in hopes of eradicating hunger and poverty,” said Auguste.
Through Bread, Auguste is continuing to learn about and educate her community on hunger and poverty issues. She said her motivation was piqued after meeting a 6-year-old girl named Biana Jean-Baptiste at the concert. Biana was forced to leave her parents in Haiti and move to the United States for school after the devastating January 2010 earthquake. She joined two cousins who were also relocated.
“If nothing is done about the [current] foreign aid policies, how long will Biana and her cousins have to be away from their family? When will they be able to call Haiti home again?”
Zuri Foreman is a media relations intern at Bread for the World. Photo credit: Kristen Youngblood.
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