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.
One of the major burdens Africa has to carry is the sufficient supply of food. The economic crisis, horrendous increase of prices for staple food supplies, a decreasing or complete depletion of income due to AIDS sweeping away the breadwinners of families, and ever reoccurring droughts in some parts of this continent, will rob thousands of families this coming year in the countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, and East Africa of one of their most basic needs: the need for food.
Hunger isn’t a problem just in developing nations. Millions of Americans and Canadians are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their children. These are families and individuals in urban cities, rural towns, and suburbs. In fact, one of every five children in the United States lives in a home where consistent meals are hard to come by. The problem in North America isn’t lack of food—it’s lack of money to buy the food that is available, and with high unemployment rates, the problem is growing worse.
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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