CREATING connections was the aim for the state's World Vision Youth Ambassador when she spoke at Riverside Primary School yesterday.
Eighteen-year-old Soreti Kadir rallied grade 6 pupils to participate in the 40 Hour Famine by speaking of her experience travelling to Malawi last year.
The Melbourne woman focused on the stories of Malawian children Dorothy and James.
She said six-year-old James had shown her the ground he slept on and told her he wanted to sleep "where you sleep".
"The poverty was overt," she said.
Miss Kadir became World Vision's youth ambassador after raising more than $300 during the 40 Hour Famine last year.
She said her passion for assisting people in developing countries came from visits to her birthplace, Ethiopia, where she witnessed the different course her life could have taken.
One Riverside Primary pupil spoke to Miss Kadir for half an hour after her speech yesterday.
"He said it was so unfair and we're here taking our lives for granted," she said.
"It's not often that what you said is taken so seriously."
Miss Kadir will speak at schools throughout the state this week.
For more information on the 40 Hour Famine visit 40hourfamine.com.au.