Helping Communities by Focusing on Girls

Did you know that children of literate mothers are 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5? These children also are 26 percent less vulnerable to stunting.

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That’s why we at Food for the Hungry believe that investing in the health, safety, education and rights of girls benefits not only them, but also their families, communities and society at large.

I first saw this concept in action as a young man.

I joined a team who worked for three months with girls in India. It was common practice for people from rural villages to leave their girls at the home where I served that summer. Shocked, I asked questions until I learned that the parents sacrificed to ensure their daughters got educated. They knew it would improve their daughters’ lives, and they were willing to leave them in the care of a girls’ home to make it happen.

I made a special friend named Sudah, a girl left behind by well-meaning parents and, consequently, hungry for adult interaction. She taught me to count in her language. Our tearful goodbye at the end of the summer left me searching for a better way to empower girls and women.

That experience set me on my current path.

Today, I’m proud to serve girls and women through Food for the Hungry. FH enters communities and asks them what issues they think they need to solve. We help them develop a plan to end poverty in the community in the next 10 to 15 years. Finally, we work with them to ensure that families can stay together and have healthy relationships.

As with that trip to India, I saw FH’s concept in action during my first international trip with this organization.

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In the slums of Lima, Peru, I met a mom with two daughters. She participated in her community’s care group and learned about health and nutrition. She eventually became a leader mother, who taught other mothers how to better care for their families. People considered her such a good leader that they encouraged her to run for a government position. She didn’t think she’d win, but she did. Overwhelmingly. Through FH’s domestic violence prevention program, she also learned that it was not okay for family members to hit one another.

Her oldest daughter came home from school during my visit. The mother bragged about her daughter’s achievements and then bragged about her second daughter when she returned home.

She was proud that her daughters were healthy, receiving a valuable education and had a bright future ahead of them. They would have a better life than she had lived.

My traveling companion told me of the massive transformation that had taken place in that community. Five years earlier, a trash heap cluttered the bottom of the hill. The community cleaned up the trash, planted grass, and turned the area into a lush, green soccer field.

It warms my heart to know that girls where FH works can now dream of a bright and productive future.

You can help make it possible for girls to dream big.

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  • Pray. In many cultures, females are valued less than livestock, and girls are considered not worth educating. Pray for God to open the eyes of people in these cultures to the value He places on all people.
  • Give. Food for the Hungry helps communities see the value that God places on all people. We help to eliminate violence against women and children, we work to ensure that girls can get educated and we develop programs that help girls break the cycle of poverty in their lives. CLICK HERE to give to FH’s life-saving and life-altering programs.
  • Share. Make sure the people around you understand the plight that many girls and women around the world face. Share the tweets provided in this article by clicking on the Tweet This link.
  • Learn. Empowered women are vital to ending hunger and poverty around the world. Yet, women globally are most likely to remain unempowered and trapped in a life of extreme, hope-killing poverty. Only by understanding the problem and learning how to combat it can poverty be erased.

Women & Poverty eBook CoverThat’s why Food for the Hungry is offering the free eBook, 7 Surprising Facts About Women and Poverty.

In this concise and easy-to-read eBook, you will discover:

 

  • What it’s like for a mother to attempt to provide for her family on $1.25 a day.
  • Startling facts about what is actually keeping women stuck in poverty in many nations.
  • Simple ways you can help women break the bonds of extreme poverty.
  • And more — you’ll even meet an impoverished mom whose family and future were transformed when some friends gave her the gift of a cow.

Learn how you can make such transformations happen for vulnerable women — download your 7 Surprising Facts About Women and Poverty eBook now.

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