How Does Hunger and Famine in the World Affect Me?
Living in the United States, many of us don't really spend a lot of time thinking about hunger and famine in the world unless there is some special attention brought to the issue in a news report, in a film we see, or in a newspaper article. The facts of world hunger and famine are not diminished because they don't show up in a news report daily. They continue on, day after day. Due to the economic conditions many American's find themselves in these days, it brings to mind the plight of many around the world that struggle with hunger and famine daily.
There are still places in the world where people have absolutely nothing, not even garbage. They have nothing to eat, no shelter, and often, not even any clothes to wear. In places were hunger and famine are the worst, parents are often walking skeletons because they try to give whatever food they have to their children. They would rather die to allow their children a chance at life. ADRA is on the front lines helping the poor around the world in the most extreme hunger and famine ravished places. ADRA helps parents understand that they need to stay alive for their children. ADRA teaches them that giving everything to the children, and neglecting their own health to the point of death, is actually more detrimental to the children than if they held some food back for themselves. ADRA teaches the parents that the children need them, and without them they would be in worse shape.
Education is always a major component in every program ADRA offers to people. Much of the education given isn't literacy based, it is often common sense based. Simple things like picking up trash, keeping animals out of the house, keeping a water supply covered, and keeping one's body clean. These are things many of us take for granted, but in regions of the world where hunger and famine are prevalent, many people don't know to do some of the common sense things mentioned. Nobody has ever showed them. ADRA does show them, and continues working with them on a long-term basis to see real change. ADRA also helps communities by showing them how to plant and grow crops. Too often, people are not aware that they have the ability to grow many types of foods. ADRA introduces these options to people, and it makes a dramatic difference in their lives to help end their hunger.
In famine situations, food is brought into the area from other regions of the country or area whenever possible. This improves the local economy and reduces shipping costs. High calorie, nutritious biscutts are given to older children and adults, while small children receive high calorie, nutritious porridge. While ADRA meets the immediate needs we are always looking for ways to improve the long-term situation.
ADRA is in many areas of the world where hunger and famine are extreme. They are providing food and nutrition to the people of these regions, and when possible, helping them to learn ways of growing their own food, protecting what they do have, and helping them to gain clean water for living. Your donations are what makes it possible for ADRA to save lives in regions where hunger and famine are so extensive.