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Blessing Childcare Worldwide Through Your IRA October 13, 2021
Here at Childcare Worldwide, we strive to be good stewards of the funds given to us, and we also love to offer ways for YOU to be good stewards of your funds too! If you are 70 or older, did you know that there is a convenient, cost-effective way to experience the joy of giving and make a life-changing impact on children?
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.
Sharing the Joy of Christmas September 3, 2021
Do you remember the feeling of uncontrolled excitement on Christmas morning as a kid? Did you run into your parents’ room to wake them up early, begging them to let you open presents right away?
With our Christmas Love Pack gifts, we share that same joy and excitement with kids in need around the world. Kids like 16 year old Guadelupe in Peru.
Christmas in August! August 10, 2021
Who’s ready for Christmas in August? Here at Childcare Worldwide, nothing we do is more important than making sure the kids in our program know about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and what it means for them personally. And that all starts with Christmas – the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Unbearable Thirst July 1, 2021
Bridget is 14 years old and has 3 little sisters. Her father abandoned them, but her mother works hard to take care of her family. They live in one small room, which they rent. Bridget is a wonderful help to her mother. She makes the hour-long trip to the open well for the family’s daily supply of water, and often takes care of baby Brenda so that mom can go to work. Her family attends the local church and Bridget loves being a part of the singing, dancing, and drama group there, while her mother serves as an usher.
Every Sip is a Gamble June 18, 2021
Did you know that there are hundreds of children who are currently drinking dirty water? The numbers are staggering.
Before and After: The Difference a Water Filter Makes June 11, 2021
One of life’s simple pleasures is enjoying a cool, refreshing glass of water on a hot summer day. In Kenya, where 13-year-old Miriam lives, there is no shortage of hot days, but the fresh water is much harder to come by. But with the gift of a household water filter, Miriam can also enjoy safe drinking water, any time she wants… and what a difference that makes in her life!
Water is Life June 1, 2021
All of us know that water is life. We cannot live without it, and if we do not drink enough, our bodies are quickly run down and consumed with finding more.
But how often do we forget to acknowledge how desperately we need our dose of Living Water every day, to truly live? If we ignore our thirst for too long, it begins to consume our lives, as we desperately search for something that will satisfy.
Sharing the Joy of Easter May 10, 2021
Do you have a favorite t-shirt? Does it happen to say “He is Risen” on it? If it does, you now match with thousands of kids in Childcare Worldwide’s programs. Ever since our Easter celebrations with them, they’ve been sporting their new t-shirts, a great visual representation of the lasting impact Christ’s resurrection has for each child.