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Category Archives : Food for Life

Twin Blessings September 23, 2019

At 31, Sarah is barely older than I am, but her life has been so different – and so much harder – than my own.

She lives in Uganda and has 8 year-old twins, a boy and a girl, named Prosper and Patricia. Her story is a powerful demonstration of the difference the simple gift of food can make for a struggling family.

Sarah with her twins, Prosper and Patricia receiving their Critical Care Paks

Some people in Uganda believe that twins are bad luck. Sadly, Sarah’s husband couldn’t handle the fear of superstition, and was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a father. So, when the twins were still just babies, he threw them – and their mother – out of ‘his’ house. (more…)

Hungry, embarrassed, exhausted, late April 10, 2019

Nerious is a lot like most 12-year-old girls you’ve met. She is full of life. She’s trying to figure out who she is, and what her place in the world is. She can be really shy, and easily embarrassed. Nerious loves a good story – her favorite subject is English. And she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

But Nerious lives in Kenya and her family is poor.

That means her life is so much harder than most 12-year-olds’. You see, Nerious’ dad died (more…)

Relying on the Land March 29, 2019

This April, the Childcare Worldwide family is embarking on a prayer journey. For 30 days, we’ll be praying for God’s blessing and provision for the hungry children and families we serve around the world. To start us off, Charles, our Director in Uganda is here to share about his own experience with hunger and what it looks like for families today. For more content like this, and to add your voice to 30 Days of Prayer, sign up here.


 

42 years ago, I was born and raised in Buganda, Uganda, a region which was known predominantly as an agricultural region: a food basket and economic power house for Uganda. We would enjoy at least three meals a day, a heavy breakfast at 10am after gardening, lunch at 2pm and dinner at 8pm. Food was always in surplus to accommodate even visitors.

During our primary school times, our mothers would preserve some of the food which we would carry to school for our breakfast and lunch. This was typical of every household because homes produced more than enough food. Almost every household had fruits like mangoes, jackfruits, lemons, passion fruits, (more…)

Taste the World March 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what your sponsored child eats in an average day? What does dinner look like for the families we serve? Today, you can experience it for yourself! Join us on a culinary adventure, as we share recipes with you from around the globe!

MATOOKE – UGANDA

To start things off, here’s an appetizer for you from Uganda. Matooke (pronounced muh-TOE-kay) is the staple food in Uganda. It’s made from a type of starchy banana that is similar to a plantain. “Matooke” can mean either the dish or the bananas it’s made from. This is a dish that’s hard to recreate in America, but we’ll give it a try! You’re unlikely to find matooke in your local grocery store, but many international markets carry plantains, which work well as a substitute.

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A Hopeful Lunch August 24, 2018

The best part of six-year-old Valeria’s day is lunch break!

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African cake and Kenyan farm life April 12, 2018

The following is a special message from Michael Wafula, Childcare Worldwide’s director in Africa. It is also another post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we are praying together for an end to hunger, because we know that when believers pray, mountains move. We are sharing a few of the posts here periodically, but it’s not too late to join in the full series. Sign up for daily emails here.

And now, enjoy reading as Michael shares about his experience growing up with limited resources in Kenya:

A man in a gray suit sits in an office chair, looking to the side and laughing.

Michael Wafula, Childcare Worldwide’s director in Africa.

Growing up in Trans-Nzoia County, in Western Kenya, a place commonly referred to as the “food basket” of our country, gave me an opportunity not only to admire vast maize plantations that dotted the landscape in my village, but also to a certain extent, dislike the work that was associated with farming.  (more…)

Four children in India April 6, 2018

The following is a special message from Joanne Zylstra, a longtime supporter and advocate for Childcare Worldwide. It is also another post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we are praying together for an end to hunger, because we know that when believers pray, mountains move. We are sharing a few of the posts here periodically, but it’s not too late to join in the full series. Sign up for daily emails here.

And now, enjoy reading Joanne’s reflections on the intersection of food, health, and faith:

Thinking about what it means for the hungry to be healthy, I am taken back several years ago when I was in India with Childcare Worldwide.   (more…)

A Message from Max: Hunger March 29, 2018

The following is a special message from Dr. Max Lange, our founder and president. It is also the first post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we will be praying together for an end to hunger, because we believe that when believers pray, mountains move. We’ll be sharing a few of the posts here, but to join us in the full series, sign up for daily emails here.

As we kick off this series, enjoy reading about Dr. Max’s heart for those suffering from hunger:

After World War II, as a young boy of 14, I lived with my mother in a small village in Germany. Things were tough and I often was hungry. In order to have something to eat, I took a neighbor’s cows to the pasture in the morning before I left for school. In the late afternoon I brought them back. That earned us a pint of milk. Come harvest time I worked all day for a loaf of bread. During late fall I split wood so we would have heat in the winter.

So, this was a hard time. But does it even compare with this experience I had several years ago in India? (more…)

5 Ways a Meal Changes a Life March 1, 2018

A boy holds a fork over a plate of pancakes, twisting around to smile up at the camera behind him.For the next two months, we’re going to be talking about hunger and what YOU can do to stop it. You might think that the problem is too big for you to be any help at all. World hunger affects 800 million people – what difference can any one of us possibly make? But the truth is that even just one meal has a positive impact for a child in need. And one meal? That’s something you can give!

Not convinced? Here’s five ways a meal makes a difference for a hungry child: (more…)

Every Meal Matters July 31, 2017

Here at Childcare Worldwide, we believe that every single meal matters in the fight against hunger. Why? Because the pain of hunger is so great, that being able to stop it even just for one day is worth it.

Loice and Silvia clutch precious gifts of food during a drought in Kenya.

We’re talking about true hunger here. Not the way we use the word in America (“Oh, it’s 3pm and I haven’t had lunch yet, I’m so ‘hungry’”). No. This is real, aching hunger. This is the kind of hunger where your belly is never truly satisfied for days on end; the kind where you had only a crust of bread today and you don’t know if you will have anything at all tomorrow; the kind that makes you too weak to go to school. For the children who are suffering this kind of hunger, every meal makes a difference.

Here’s a closer look at why we believe Every Meal Matters: (more…)