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Why My Heart is Hopeful for The Little Ones

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WRITTEN BY Angelica Leal

The wellbeing of the little ones is among the most accurate measurements of progress in Food for the Hungry (FH) community. My main role here at FH is communicating with the fields and gathering stories and photos to share with our sponsors and donors.

My heart is hopeful because of all the promising updates I am receiving! Here at FH, we believe telling the stories of the people we work with is crucial. Sharing testimonies and success stories reminds us all of why we work so hard to improve the lives of so many.

Today, I want to share about the little ones in Uganda. FH programs are need-based, and our Uganda office reports that mommy-and-baby programs are among the greatest needs in our Ugandan communities.

A Story About a Little One

This story is about a baby girl, Angel. At 18 months old, Baby Angel was underweight. A lot of new mommies have difficulty with breastfeeding because of the prominence of malnutrition. FH, along with other partnering NGOs, worked to provide the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) program as well as the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP), with the help of funding from the World Food Program (WFP).

MCHN supports pregnant and lactating mothers and children under 2, while TSFP supports children 6 to 59 months of age, ensuring they receive vital nutrition to grow during the first 1,000 days of their lives – a critical window of opportunity in the development of young children. Baby Angel was able to benefit from these programs. She grew gained the needed weight for good foundational health. As a result, her thankful parents feel very hopeful about her future, made possible by sponsors and donors like you.

FH staff member holding baby Angel.
FH staff member holding baby Angel.

Once She Was a Little One. Now She Has a Little One!

Alice is a young woman living in Uganda. Before 2010, life for Alice and her siblings wasn’t very hopeful. They lost both of their parents and went to live with their grandparents. During those years, Alice didn’t always know where her next meal would come from or whether she would be able to keep attending school.

But in 2010, Alice became a sponsored child. As part of that sponsorship, she received a a goat, which provided income for her family! Alice’s life greatly improved as a result, and she had new hope for the future. Today, Alice is married and is mom to a cute little one of her own!

woman with young baby sitting on the ground with shea nuts
Alice shells shea nuts, which are used to make cooking oil for daily use in her village. Her five-month-old daughter, Gifty, enjoys being near while her mom works.

Some Photos of the Little Ones

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and these photos speak volumes about the hope FH brings for these children’s futures.

A mother of five children benefits from FH nutritional education and agriculture training, enabling her to successfully feed her family.
In Uganda, FH-provided mother-and-baby care includes special protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An FH mother-and-child health and nutrition program provides a more promising future for a 15-year-old mom and her baby.
Baby Angel and Mom are thriving at Palabek Refugee Settlement. The settlement is located in Northern Uganda.

Lord, bless all the little ones! We pray for your continued protection, provision and plans for their lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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