What is the 30-Hour Famine?

First initiated by World Vision Canada in 1971, 30-Hour Famine is now being organised in one form or another by World Vision offices in more than 15 countries as a global movement against hunger and poverty.

Every year since 1997, thousands of young Malaysians come together to take a stand against hunger and poverty by raising funds for projects combating hunger and poverty through different formats of the 30-Hour Famine:
  • 30-Hour Famine
    Spend 30 hours fasting and learning about hunger issues at a DIY Camp (not attending Countdown)
  • 26+4 Famine
    Spend 26 hours fasting at a DIY Camp and then fast for the last four hours with others at the Countdown
  • 8-Hour Kidz Famine
    A kid-friendly programme for those age 12 and below
  • 12-Hour Famine
    Ideal for a workday with colleagues, church groups or with schoolmates


How Much Do I Raise?
The minimum fundraising amount to join the Famine movement is as below:
  • Children below 12 years old: RM60
  • Students and senior citizens: RM100
  • Working adults: RM150


How The Famine Helps
All funds raised will support programmes by World Vision and local partners in Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Democratic Republic of the Congo. These programmes help children and families overcome poverty by improving access to healthcare, nutritious food, clean water, food security and economic opportunity.

These are achieved through:
  • Improving maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition practices; strengthening health services and improving access to healthcare centres
  • Training and improving skills in animal husbandry, livestock raising and veterinary so families can grow income and enjoy economic stability
  • Increasing food production by improving farmers’ knowledge and skills on sustainable crop production techniques
  • Strengthening community-based management of sanitation and hygiene facilities; increasing access to clean water and hygienic latrines
  • Empowering vulnerable children and families through education, training and livelihood initiatives


Special Focus: The First 1,000 Days
Since 2015, the 30-Hour Famine has also been funding a special World Vision project in Vietnam where expectant mothers are educated on health and nutrition as well as hygiene, with their newborns being supported in the first two years of life. Click here to read about how a mother has benefited from the First 1,000 Days project