Category Archives : Food
World Hunger Update September 16, 2021
The pandemic has been devastating in so many ways, but one of the worst long-term affects is its impact on world hunger. A key UN Development goal is “zero hunger” by 2030. At the end of 2019, there were encouraging signs of progress towards this big goal. In 2000, about 15 percent of the world’s population was undernourished, but at the end of 2019 that was down to less than 9 percent.
Unfortunately, the pandemic reversed all that progress. Between job loss and lockdowns, families living in poverty have few options. Promised government food aid is not reaching those most vulnerable, and travel limitations make it more difficult for aid organizations to help. Today, as many as 811 million people are suffering from undernourishment, a number we haven’t seen since 2006.
Sadly, with slow vaccine roll out in many developing countries and the increased transmission of the Delta variant, conditions are continuing to worsen. Peru, for instance, has been in continuous lockdown for much of the past 18 months, and has the highest per-capita Covid death rate of any country in the world. Loss of both income earners combined with the inability for other families to even go to work leaves many in desperate circumstances. Similarly, Uganda, which avoided a large outbreak during the first waves of the pandemic, had a huge surge in cases earlier this summer. They are still in lockdown as a result, making it extremely challenging for families to access food. These stories are repeated across the world.
The pandemic was difficult enough for us to manage here in the U.S. Even though much of our population had saving accounts to fall back on, many of our jobs could be performed remotely, and our government offered aid to see people through, Covid still hurt our job market and economy. But imagine if you had no savings account, no internet access, let alone the option to work online, and no help from the government. How would you have fed your family during lockdown?
Childcare Worldwide’s primary mission is sharing the gospel – we are not a food aid organization. But sometimes, sharing the gospel means feeding hungry children first. And with food security decreasing around the world due to the Covid crisis, that aspect of our work is more important than ever.
By feeding hungry children at Life Centers, we’re ensuring they have access to the nutrition they might be missing at home. During these difficult times, we’re also supplementing those important Life Center meals with Hope Packs full of the essential groceries families need to survive.
Seeing the growing threat of hunger around the world, it would be easy to become overwhelmed. But we’re grateful for the part we get to play in beating hunger! We serve a big God who holds all of this in His hands, and we are trusting Him to provide for each of the children we serve. Meanwhile, we step forward in faith, feeding those we can, making a difference where we’re able, and praying always for an end to hunger.
Join us today! Pray for families around the world who are experiencing hunger due to Covid, and make your gift today to help provide meals for hungry kids!
Hunger statistics are taken from the United Nations 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Report. https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2021/
Transformation for the Whole Family September 10, 2021
At 13 years old, she is bubbly and talkative – she loves dancing and singing too. In a crowd, she’s thrilled to be the center of attention, but also goes out of her way to be sure everyone is included andhaving a good time. Her smile lights up the room.
But she wasn’t always this way. When we first met Vaishnavi, she was weak, malnourished and frighteningly thin. Her family works hard to make ends meet, but despite their efforts still couldn’t provide all the food Vaishnavi needed to thrive.
Doctors warned that she needed more vegetables and protein in her diet – but her family was already doing everything they could to get by. There was no extra money for additional food. So Vaishnavi continued to live with the ache of hunger in her belly, the weak muscles, the dry skin, and the fragile immune system. She was constantly getting sick, and even when she wasn’t fighting a cold she was tired and listless all the time.
But then Vaishnavi joined the Life Center at the church near her home. Vaishnavi’s family is Hindu. Her dad didn’t even want her involved with this Chrsitian organization. But one very important aspect of Life Centers changed his mind. At the Life Center, his little girl would receive healthy, nutritious meals once a week. Sometimes, she would even have leftovers to bring home!
The meals Vaishnavi received at her weekly Life Center meetings helped with her nutrition. Every meal she received was part of getting her stronger and healthier.
But the transformation didn’t stop there. Because alongside these healthy meals, Vaishnavi was also learning all about Jesus.
One day, Vaishnavi’s mom got very sick. She was so ill, she could hardly move. Vaishnavi told her Life Center teachers about it, and they decided to visit her mom and pray with her. And through the power of prayer, she was healed. Seeing this miracle, both Vaishnavi AND her mother gave their lives to Jesus! Even her dad is slowly starting to believe.
One of Vaishnavi’s favorite Bible verses is John 6:35, where Jesus says “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” It’s a verse that hits close to home for her, because she’s experienced it first hand. It all started with just a simple meal that transformed Vaishnavi physically. But now her whole family is being transformed spiritually as well!
Childcare Worldwide is grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to help transform children’s lives. If you’re interested in feeding children like Vaishnavi, click here to provide Life Center meals.
Angels from God September 11, 2020
Feeding hungry kids has always been an integral part of Childcare Worldwide’s programs. With the pandemic devastating economies around the world, our feeding programs have become more important than ever. Seeing our families struggling to put food on the table, we turned to the Childcare Worldwide family for help and you stepped up in a big way!
A Ray of Hope in a Sack of Rice August 6, 2020
Mercy lives in a remote village in Kenya, the youngest of seven siblings. As the baby, she is doted on by everyone. Even when resources are tight, her parents and siblings all pitch in to make sure Mercy at least is getting enough to eat.
Feeding Body and Soul July 28, 2020
Responding with Love July 20, 2020
Covid-19 has brought challenges none of us could imagine, even a few short months ago. It’s been hard enough for us, living in an affluent nation. But for the families we serve, who were already struggling to get by, the pandemic has left them more vulnerable than ever.
God will provide! July 2, 2020
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Childcare Worldwide has been delivering food and other basic supplies to the children at our Life Centers. Even though we can’t run regular programs due to social distancing measures, we are grateful for every opportunity we have to interact with the kids and remind them that God loves them, even in the midst of these hard times.