Hunger-related illness is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. In fact, 1 in 9 people in our world doesn’t have enough food to eat, meaning hundreds of millions of people will go to bed hungry tonight—and every night. This is a reality that local churches around the world are committed to changing.
Hunger has a range of effects. Without nutrition, children's minds and bodies cannot develop properly. Malnutrition compounds the effects of diseases, including HIV and AIDS, malaria, and pneumonia. And it keeps people from fully engaging in productive work and income generation.
Of the very poorest people living in our world — those scraping by on less than $1.90 a day — 70 percent live in rural communities and depend on what they can grow just to survive. By helping smallholder farmers increase their yields, you are helping families put food on the table and provide for their children with dignity.
As a member of Foods Resource Bank (FRB), Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is part of a unique partnership that provides a way for individuals, churches, and communities in the U.S. to respond to world hunger in practical, tangible ways. You can engage in lasting, sustainable solutions through a Growing Project.
Families in Venezuela are struggling to put food on the table. Lack of access to food, combined with poverty, is causing a crisis of hunger and malnutrition, particularly among children and senior adults. Many families, including church member and pastors’ families, are coping by eating less nutritious meals, skipping meals, or even migrating to other areas. Many children have dropped out of school because they are too hungry to learn. In response, the church in Venezuela is working with families to create food security.
In Liberia, hunger is a crisis. Health reports showing 1 out of every 5 children is dying from diseases caused by malnutrition. The Church of the Nazarene in Liberia sees farming as a practical way to answer Jesus’ call to give food to those who are hungry (Matthew 25:35).
Up to 90 percent of Nazarene congregants in central Liberia are smallholder farmers, so more than 75 churches are coming together to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition through sustainable food security efforts.
One in nine people does not have enough food to eat, leaving hundreds of millions of people going to bed hungry tonight—and every night. Hunger is the result of extreme poverty, and it keeps people stuck in the poverty trap. Without nutrition, children's minds and bodies cannot develop properly. Malnutrition compounds the effects of diseases, including HIV and AIDS, malaria, and pneumonia. And it keeps people from fully engaging in productive work and income generation.
Hunger is also a problem that disproportionately affects women and children. According to the World Food Program, although women in developing countries are responsible for the majority of household food production, women are more affected by hunger than men because of cultural norms and social structures. Malnourished mothers then give birth to underweight and malnourished children.
NCM partners with local churches to provide long-term agricultural programs such as small-scale farming, animal husbandry, and fish farms, as well as nutrition education, to improve health and provide a source of income for families and individuals. Many of the programs are geared specifically for women as a way to provide for children and families.
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