Malawi child faces hunger

The Salvation Army Fights Hunger in Malawi

10
.16

World Impact sidebarFunwe Villages in Malawi provide an example of the negative impact food scarcity plays in the developing world. Several years ago, when their parcel of land was sold for redevelopment, the villagers were taken by trucks for resettlement in an area without housing, schools, hospitals or markets.   

Years later, with faith and a lot of hard work, the seven small villages have grown into a place where people call home. However, there are still many things still missing, including adequate food and the necessary resources to grow crops.

“Our first major problem is hunger,” says Chala, a village headman. “We don’t have enough food to eat and we can’t work if we haven’t eaten.”

The United Nations estimates that 791 million people living in developing countries are undernourished—that’s one in eight people. World Food Day is observed every October 16 to create and increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire change.

The Salvation Army recognizes World Food Day and aims to help those affected by food insecurity in a holistic and sustainable way. In the Funwe Villages, The Salvation Army has established an agricultural plan that provides fertilizer, maize seeds, resources for growing crops and training of farmers.

“At a meeting with the community, the chiefs asked if we could provide the tools needed to help them  find hope and restore dignity,” says Major Gillian Brown, The Salvation Army’s Director of World Missions. “This is what every community wants.”

The Salvation Army in Canada is privileged to partner with communities to help families and individuals get back on their feet.

“The needs are great in developing countries and The Salvation Army continues to provide support,” says Major Brown. “Whether it’s providing emergency food after a natural disaster or training a farmer how to grow crops, we are giving them a glimmer of hope.”

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Community based drug treatment program supports at risk youth

At-Risk Youth Reach for the Stars, Not for Drugs

10
.16

Before Deena (not her real name) entered a Salvation Army community-based drug treatment program she used daily, struggled with anxiety and depression, and did not have a good relationship with her mother. Today, Deena is drug free, coaching sports, working and is in university.

“The program fills a gap in the community to provide local supports for youth involved with or at risk of being involved with the justice system and/or who have experienced negative life circumstances that include drug use, […]

Red Cap anger management program helps school children handle their emotions

Anger Management Program Helps School Children Handle Their Emotions

10
.10

It is common for children to have difficulty controlling their emotions.

Nicole, 11, got in lots of fights at school. Lindsay, 13, pushed people. Today, with help from The Salvation Army’s Red Cap anger management program in Dartmouth, N.S., they have developed appropriate responses to anger-provoking situations and have confidence in their ability to control their emotions.

“I feel better,” says Nicole. “Red Cap helped me stop fighting or walking out of class because I was mad. I don’t do that anymore. […]