when 12 year old girls are married because their families can no longer care for them.
that every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
that more than 2.6 billion people—over 40 percent of the world’s population—do not have basic sanitation, and more than one billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water.
IT’S NOT OK. But there is hope.
At Food for the Hungry, our vision is:
God called and we responded until physical and spiritual hungers ended worldwide.”
Did you catch that? Ended. And that’s what we do. One community at a time. We partner with communities, listen to them describe their problems, help them set up a plan, help them execute the plan to become self sustaining and then Food for the Hungry exits. We leave. And that’s what we call success.
We honor the people we serve by inviting them to contribute to the process. Get some “skin in the game.” Through community-owned transformation, we empower children, families and communities to invest in their own development. More than anything, we want to see people thrive. When people have input, they own their outcomes. They strive to be better. They feel the hope well up within them. They are empowered to speak, to be and to do.
Families like Alica’s in Peru. When the community where she lives became self sustaining and achieved it’s goals, Food for the Hungry celebrated with the community and exited so the community could continue on its own. And we move on to another community to help them end extreme poverty for their children.
This upcoming year, at least 59 communities will celebrate Food for the Hungry leaving their community. We are agents of change. We work, we feed, we teach, we love, but we know when it’s time to leave. We are ending poverty, together.
Want to learn how you can end the desperation that forces kids to quench hunger with dirt?