A youth festival of culture, ideas, and experiential
learning that champions relief and development work


Join World Vision for a Youth Festival with a Difference
15 July 2017   |   9AM – 4PM   |   NUS (Bukit Timah Campus)

Behind the news headlines, many people from different fields are working hard to bring an end to
food insecurity, critical water shortages, and humanitarian crises.

What do they do to tackle poverty and humanitarian emergencies on a day-to-day basis?
What challenges do they face in their efforts to achieve sustainable development?
What is it like to live in a community where poor families make difficult choices and sacrifices every day to survive?

If you are a student or a young professional curious to find out more, join us for a one-of-a-kind festival of culture, ideas, and experiential learning to go behind the scenes of relief and development work.
Come away armed with knowledge and a renewed commitment to kick-start your very own Project for achieving a HungerFree world.

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Early Bird Rate
(Until 15 June)


Regular Rate

$5 off

for each registrant if you
sign up in a group of five

Choose from three payment methods, which are listed in our FAQs.


Choose from an array of activities across two festival tracks to learn about the work being done to address the needs of the poor:

Suitable for students and young professionals aged 17 and above

Fireside Chat (I):
India in Transition – The Road to Inclusive Growth

Fireside Chat (II):
Humanitarian Crisis Management – Challenges and Strategies

Deep Dives

  • So You Want To Be An NGO Worker?
  • Food Aid: Does It Really Work?
  • Advocacy Through The Lens
  • Peacebuilding and Community Empowerment

Suitable for students aged 14 - 17

Breaking the Ice

Simulation Scenario 1:
Stayin’ Alive

Simulation Scenario 2:
When You’re Gone

Simulation Scenario 3:
Life’s Not Fair

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If you have any questions about the programme, have a look at our FAQs.


Young Humanitarians Track

Hear from leading practitioners and thinkers who are tackling poverty, social injustice and security challenges through the work they undertake in the fields of international development, disaster response coordination, research and documentary photography. The dialogues and ‘Deep Dive’ seminars in this track will provide an authentic behind-the-scenes insight into the challenges encountered and the strategies employed on a day-to-day basis to empower the poor, address humanitarian crises, and build the resilience of communities plagued by conflict.

Click on each photo to find out more.

Cherian Thomas
National Director
World Vision India

Official figures show that India’s economy has been growing at an annual rate of more than 7%, the fastest of any major country. How far are different segments of Indian society benefiting from the country’s apparent economic health? To what extent does its political and ideological landscape today have a bearing on its capacity to serve its poorest and most marginalised citizens? Join Cherian for a Fireside Chat on India in Transition – The Road to Inclusive Growth as he shares his take on the state of India today, and sheds light on what more can be done to secure the welfare of the most vulnerable members of Indian society, including children, women, farmers, and those who continue to be discriminated, formally or informally, on the grounds of caste. In addition, hear Cherian in conversation with Phoebe Yee in So You Want To Be An NGO Worker? as he discusses the challenges and rewards of spearheading World Vision’s work in India, and how his professional experience outside the non-profit sector continues to be helpful in his present role.

Cherian is the National Director of World Vision India. He leads a team of around 1,900 staff members, together serving 2.6 million children in projects spread across 163 districts of India. Cherian has over 29 years of experience in diverse fields, having last served as CEO of the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Foundation (IDFC Foundation), where he oversaw the work of the Foundation and its joint ventures with the Governments of Karnataka, Delhi and Uttarakhand. In addition, Cherian has worked in the fields of infrastructure, banking, project finance, policy advocacy, capacity building, programme support and advisory services for government clients and community engagement programmes.

Dr. Kathryn Tatzsch
Director, Humanitarian Response & Private Sector Partnerships
World Vision Global Humanitarian Operations/Global Rapid Response Team

Given the growing severity of natural disasters due to climate change, as well as the increasing frequency of protracted conflicts, what are the implications for the work of disaster response coordinators in today’s world? How, in turn, have these developments informed World Vision’s new global strategy for engaging in fragile contexts and helping the most vulnerable children trapped in these settings? Join Kathryn for a Fireside Chat on Humanitarian Crisis Management – Challenges and Strategies as she draws on a vast body of examples from recent emergency response efforts – including those in Syria, Chad, Niger, East Africa, Nepal and the Philippines – to illustrate the principles of effective solutions for helping disaster-affected populations recover and build sustainable livelihoods. Kathryn will also be running a Deep Dive session on Food Aid: Does It Really Work?, where she will examine the sustainability of food interventions as well as how helping local business entrepreneurs and local producers, especially women and young people, is an important aspect of facilitating faster recovery from disaster shocks.

Kathryn has over 15 years of experience in strategic and operational humanitarian response and academic research in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, having worked with the Institute for Peace Research & Security Studies and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (a German international development agency) in addition to World Vision. Most recently, Kathryn led World Vision’s scaling up of the Lake Chad Basin Crisis Response Effort in Niger and Chad, World Vision’s Global El Nino Task Force, the initiation of World Vision’s humanitarian response operations in Northern Iraq, and World Vision’s regional Ebola Response in West Africa. She has also led research initiatives concerning public-private partnerships for development impact, child rights, the economic reintegration of ex-combatants, and local solutions for displaced communities. Kathryn continues to play a leading role in the establishment of cross-sector partnership platforms which connect businesses with international development organisations and encourage the joint development of coherent approaches for fostering aid efficiency and effectiveness.

Phoebe Yee
Projects Manager
World Vision Thailand

Working for an international NGO, and what’s more in a role which takes one away from the familiar setting of home, counts perhaps as an unconventional route for a young Singaporean. What considerations should you make if you are deliberating over whether you should pursue a career in the non-profit sector? To find out, join Phoebe, together with Cherian Thomas, for the Deep Dive session, So You Want To Be An NGO Worker?. Hear from Phoebe as she debunks some of the myths associated with this professional path, and discusses the challenges and rewards of making her transition from Singapore to Thailand. Phoebe will also speak more broadly on the ways in which development studies and practice can and should engage with people’s world views, as well as the importance of ensuring that improvements in the material well-being of the poor are complemented by their emotional and spiritual development.

Phoebe works in the area of Faith and Development at World Vision Thailand. She is involved in the building of partnerships with local churches to enhance the effectiveness of technical programmes, in particular those concerned with Child Protection, Education & Life Skills, and Health & Nutrition. Phoebe also supports the facilitation of a number of World Vision’s community-based development approaches, including Celebrating Families (which supports parents and caregivers in the creation of a family and community environment that fosters children’s overall well-being) and Channels of Hope (which mobilises community leaders, especially faith leaders, to respond to core issues affecting their communities, such as maternal, newborn and child health). Prior to her present role, Phoebe worked on Youth Engagement at World Vision Singapore. She majored in Geography at the National University of Singapore, before pursuing graduate studies in International Development at Chulalongkorn University.

Edwin Koo
Documentary Photographer

What is (and is not) documentary photography, and what are its relative strengths and limitations as a tool of advocacy? Come find out at Edwin’s Deep Dive session on Telling Real Stories - What Does it Take?, as he introduces the roots of documentary photography as a medium in the social documentary genre. Discover the characteristics of some of the most stirring and compelling specimens of ‘authentic storytelling photography’ in recent history, and deepen your understanding of how photos, in the primal way in which they communicate with and move their viewers, can shape collective memory and societal consciousness in a powerful way, and thereby encourage the calling out of social injustice. Speaking from his own international experience as a freelance documentary photographer, Edwin will also provide a candid and authentic account of the ethical considerations in capturing images of the victims of social ills, the complex relationship between the photographer, his subject, and his audience, the myths about life as a documentary photographer, and the qualities which young aspiring documentary photographers should be equipped with if they are seeking to be agents of change.

After five years as a news photographer with The Straits Times, Edwin moved to Nepal in 2008 with his wife and worked as a freelance documentary photographer while based in Kathmandu. His work was chiefly concerned with human displacement and the loss of one’s sense of identity, embracing in particular the experiences of the Tibetan exiles, the Maoist guerrillas, and the people of Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Three series of images which emerged from that creative period – Dreaming of Phayul, We Would Be Heroes, and Paradise Lost – eventually constituted Edwin’s award-winning entry, A Strange Place Called Home, for the prestigious ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu in 2012. In 2012, Edwin founded, and began serving as a mentor on, the Kathmandu INSIDE:OUT Masterclass, an annual workshop based in Kathmandu that advocates the use of photography as a tool for storytelling and for understanding the world around us. Earlier in 2009, Edwin had also been awarded The Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, as well as a third placing in the UNICEF Photo of the Year for his work on Pakistan. His work has been published in international titles such as GEO, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and Le Monde. Closer to home, Edwin documented the historic 2011 General Election in Singapore. This body of work, reflecting a tsunami of change in Singapore’s political landscape, eventually culminated in his first solo exhibition, Notes from a Singapore Son. Edwin is an alumnus of the School of Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University.

Dr. Kumar Ramakrishna
Associate Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University

To what extent is the cycle of violence mirrored in the cycle of poverty in parts of the world plagued by conflict and insecurity? How, in practice, can a scarred community renew itself through intentional and systematic efforts at building peace and trust? Join Dr. Kumar Ramakrishna for a Deep Dive session on Peacebuilding and Community Empowerment as we probe the connections between economic disenchantment and extremism, and explore the practical approaches which have been employed to rebuild and revitalise ravaged societies, one relationship at a time.

Dr. Kumar Ramakrishna is the Head of Policy Studies and the Coordinator of the National Security Studies Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He was previously the Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at RSIS from 2006-2015. A historian by background, Dr. Ramakrishna is an established speaker, media commentator and author on counter-terrorism. His current research interests include the history of strategic thought, as well as counter-terrorism with a focus on radicalisation. In July 2015, he served as a member of the External Reference Group for the United Nations Secretary-General’s draft Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism. His book, Radical Pathways: Understanding Muslim Radicalisation in Indonesia (2009), was featured as one of the top 150 books on terrorism and counter-terrorism in the respected journal Perspectives on Terrorism,which identified him as “one of Southeast Asia’s leading counterterrorism experts”. In addition, Dr. Ramakrishna has been inducted into the Executive Boards of the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research as well as the Council for Asian Transnational Threats Research.


Young Global Citizens Track

Step into the developing world through a series of hands-on experiential activities, and build your empathy for the struggles of the poor. These outdoor simulation activities will help you learn about the causes of poverty, what it feels like to be trapped by it, and how you can help people out of it. 

Stayin’ Alive

You are a member of an economically vulnerable family in a developing country. Your goal: to keep your family alive by deciding how to spend what little money you earn on a range of essentials, including water, food, healthcare, and education. The problem: you can’t afford all of these essentials for survival. What will be the hard choices and trade-offs which you will be forced to make? What will be the consequences of your decisions? And how well will you manage when unexpected problems crop up…

When You’re Gone

You are an inhabitant of a village in the grip of poverty. A team from another country comes in to offer aid to your community. Everything seems to go well – until the team leaves. Will you be able to pick up the pieces on your own?

Life’s Not Fair

You are a child from Cambodia. Or Nepal. Or Vietnam. Maybe Mongolia. Or Ethiopia. Or Myanmar. Or Zambia…
Or perhaps you’re simply yourself.
And you’re about to discover how great the gulf is between children of the same age from different parts of the world, through a unique social experiment…



Tell me more about World Vision.

World Vision is an international non-governmental organisation working in poverty-stricken communities in aid of vulnerable children and families. We work in close to 100 countries around the world, and offer aid to all based on need, regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity. Through a combination of relief, development, and advocacy projects, World Vision works in partnership with disadvantaged communities to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice, thereby enabling them to reach their full potential. Our programmes address a range of essential needs which have a critical bearing on the livelihoods of the poor. These needs include:

Who can join Project HungerFree?

Students and young professionals between the ages of 14 and 35 are welcome to sign up for Project HungerFree. While there are no age restrictions for participating in either of the two programme tracks, the Young Global Citizens Track will be particularly suitable for students aged 14-17, while the Young Humanitarians Track will be especially engaging for students and young professionals aged 17 and above. Students below the age of 17 with an interest in global affairs, community initiatives, and social leadership would also be very welcome to join the Young Humanitarians Track.

Can teachers and parents join Project HungerFree?

Yes! Whether you are a teacher supervising a student group on a school trip to Project HungerFree, a teacher looking to attend the event on your own to acquire authentic field-based examples and case studies which you can incorporate into your educational programmes, or a parent who would like to learn about the needs of the less fortunate and the ways in which those needs can be addressed together with your child, you would be more than welcome to join us. The Group of 5 discount applies to you too!

Will lunch be provided?

Nope. ☺ Which leaves you with two options:

Bring a simple packed lunch. You will have some time to munch on this during the Midday Moot.


Fast from dawn to dusk! Whichever the programme track you’re joining, you have the option of challenging yourself to walk in the shoes of the poor and hungry by fasting from solid food for the entirety of the event. Up your empathy quotient by getting a taste of how hard it is for needy children to learn and toil on an empty stomach. (Please note that this fast is voluntary.)

When will I get to choose the activities I wish to participate in?

After your registration fee has been received, you will be sent an online questionnaire closer to the date of the event. You will be asked to indicate which activities in the programme you would like to participate in, so that spaces can be reserved for you.

Will the activities in the Young Global Citizens Track be very strenuous? Will there be any health risks (such as risks posed by low glucose levels)? 

We take safety very seriously at our events. The activities in the Young Global Citizens Track will be of low to medium intensity; but as they will be taking place outdoors, it will be important for participants to stay well hydrated. First aid will be readily accessible over the course of the day. If you have health-related concerns such as gastric problems, please seek advice from your doctor before deciding whether you would like to undertake the voluntary fast.

How do I pay the registration fee?

You can pay the registration fee in cash, by cheque, or on this website through PayPal. Cheques must be made payable to “World Vision International” and bear your name, IC number, e-mail address, and mobile number on the back. Cash must be paid in person, either at our information booths when we pay visits to schools, or at the office of World Vision Singapore, which is located at 10 Tannery Lane, #06-01, Singapore 347773. Please click here for directions.

It is stated that one of the payment channels is PayPal. What is PayPal?

PayPal is a secure online payment platform. If you are a first-time user of PayPal, you will be prompted to sign up for a free account before you submit your registration fee.  If you would prefer not to sign up for an account, please check out as a Guest.

How many VIA hours or CAS credits do participants, facilitators, and volunteers receive?

This will be determined at the discretion of each school. Please approach your teachers to ask whether your attendance at Project HungerFree qualifies for VIA hours or CAS credits, and, if so, how many.

What duties will facilitators and volunteers be assigned?

Click here to find out!

Group Facilitators, who should be aged 17 and above, will be responsible for supervising a group of participants through a series of outdoor simulation activities in the Young Global Citizens Track.

Event Volunteers, who should be aged 14 and above, will have a variety of roles in both programme tracks. Some examples include Ushers, Activity Station Assistants, Photographers, Venue Preparations, and Logistics Team Members.

What if I have other questions?

Please drop us a message at youth@worldvision.org.sg.