I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s easy for me to give to the poor, but it’s not difficult either. When I see a homeless person, I tend to give money and I often help at events around my hometown community. But what hits me the most is how fleeting my dollars can be. How they may be used to meet an immediate need—a meal, a place to rest, a ride to a job interview—but rarely do they contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty.
It’s that idea, one of holistic practices, that I’ve been trying to practice in my life and it’s one that’s strongly reflected in the policies of Food for the Hungry.
Kyala Bangwe Ernata on the left with her first chicken.
Kyala Bangwe Ernata is one community member in the Democratic Republic of the Congo benefiting from a program that aims to put this idea into practice. The program teaches rural women how to raise chickens. This allows women like Kyala to dramatically increase their families’ intake of protein and adds a source of income to the family. FH also teaches the women how to properly care for the chickens.
“These teachings have helped me and my friends prevent losses caused by diseases spread among chickens because we now have the knowledge to keep a clean environment, and have gained a greater understanding of the importance of eating meat, eggs, and chicken and the impact of protein intake on the growth of our children,” Kyala said.
Within a year since she received her first chicken, Kyala now has a total of 16 chickens and has been able to distribute chicks to nine other women in the community. She has even been able to keep her children in school by selling chickens.
It’s this methodology that inspires me to more carefully consider how I give. How can I help teach, grow and empower the people who need and want it most?
You can help give like this too. Sponsor a cow or pair of rabbits for a family from this year’s gift catalog, and give people the experience to grow and change the lives of their family members.