$6 A Day is Not Enough

$6 a Day is Not Enough

Thankfully for this family however, there is a lifeline – And it’s YOU!

Because of your compassionate support, there are some exciting projects going on in their village that are bringing help and change for children like Pedro and Jose. Our school meals program provides children with a hot, nutritious meal five days a week. Children like Pedro and Jose now have a large, nutritious meal every school day that is helping them to grow healthy and strong.

Your faithful support as a child sponsor is impacting the community where your child lives by providing help like deworming medication for children, education and literacy programs, sanitary water, and other educational activities that are building a healthier, thriving community.

Every dollar you generously give – every month – is an act of love that is truly transforming communities, families and the futures of children like Pedro and Jose. Without your help, their chances for a better tomorrow would be slim.

Thank you for your generous support. Children like Pedro and Jose are smiling and filled with joy because of friends like you. You are changing the world… one child at a time.

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International Women’s Day

Written by Caitlin Duncan, Government Relations Fellow

International Women’s Day was initially meant to bring the plight of working women’s rights and issues into the public eye. It has since grown into a global movement to promote women’s rights as human rights and to rally for equal inclusion in political, social, and economic spaces. Whether living in the savannahs of East Africa or an apartment in East L.A., all women should have equal access to justice, education, health care, safety, economic opportunities, political influence, and every other tool necessary to reach their full potential.

At Feed the Children (FEED), we strive to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials so that they can reach their potential. We also believe that wherever there is adequate support for women, the whole community stands to benefit. This is why the four pillars of FEED’s international programs—Food & Nutrition, Health & Water, Education, and Livelihoods—all include aspects that benefit women, especially mothers. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Be Bold for Change,” and FEED is proud to be part of the bold work to advance gender parity around the world, and even more proud of the hard work and tenacity of the women we serve.

The following descriptions highlight FEED programs that aim to attain inclusion and empowerment for women and girls.

Empowering Women as Public Health Advocates

In an effort to improve public health outcomes in underserved communities around the world, FEED organizes Care Groups in which community health workers train a core group of local women in topics such as nutrition, family planning, safe food preparation, stigma reduction, and HIV prevention. These local women become community health leaders, regularly teaching 10 to 15 of their neighbors and helping households adopt positive behaviors, so that entire families and communities have improved health and wellness outcomes. The success of Care Groups is driven by empowered women and their capacity to share and support positive change.

 Expanding Educational Opportunities for Girls

FEED recognizes that women and girls often face difficulty in achieving academic goals for a host of reasons. According to UNICEF, in cases when a family cannot meet the direct costs of schooling (school supplies, clothing, etc.) and must choose between sending a boy or a girl to school, the boy’s education often takes priority. Part of our work at FEED is pushing back against the factors that lead to such a decision in the first place.

In El Salvador and the Philippines, FEED provides regular tutoring to both mothers and children in reading and comprehension; this means that women who may have missed such instruction in their youth recapture the opportunity to attain this life-changing skill. Additionally, in order to encourage caregivers to enroll their children in school (especially girls), FEED provides educational training and community sensitization through talks, visits, and campaigns. To make attendance more attainable, FEED’s work includes school meals programs that encourage children to go to school and improve academic performance. In the same vein, FEED works with corporate partners to provide school supplies and backpacks in eight program countries and shoes in seven program communities, to directly benefit children in our programs—we strive to break down barriers that keep all children from receiving an education.

Organizing Village Savings and Loan Groups

Village savings and loan (VSL) groups are an effective approach to increasing access to capital, particularly for women. These small groups of community members save and pool their funds together in areas where formal financial institutions are not otherwise available or feasible. VSL groups incorporate women into community efforts at capacity-building, leadership development, and community solidarity. While men and women are both invited to be members of a VSL group, at least three of the five elected committee members are women, ensuring leadership across genders. FEED supports VSL groups in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and the Philippines, reaching more than 27,000 individuals in 2015.

Supporting Small Business Development

FEED is involved in various community-driven livelihood activities that give women the traction they need to create both sustainable income and social capital, such as business development in El Salvador, Malawi, and Nicaragua. Currently, FEED provides ongoing training and support for business development in areas such as bakeries, natural medicine, tailoring and fabric shops, cosmetology, and community recycling centers.  In FY 2016, FEED trained nearly 5,000 adults in El Salvador, Honduras, Malawi and Nicaragua in bakery enterprise and more than 9,000 adults in other income-generating activities. And in some cases, the women who run the bakeries become suppliers for our school feeding programs. Thus, when women are empowered to gain skills and use their talents, the effects ripple through the entire community.

 For more information about Feed the Children’s international programs and our support of women internationally, head here, and for more info on our work in the US, head here. For ideas on how you can “Be Bold for Change” as an individual, head to the International Women’s Day site.

Update: Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, the Caribbean’s worst storm in nearly a decade, hit Haiti on Oct. 5th and a few days later made landfall in the United States. The impact on both Haiti and the United States was vast. 1.4 million Haitian people were in immediate need of humanitarian assistance, more than 40% were children. In addition, 3 million coastal US residents were evacuated from their homes.

 Because of generous donors like you affected families in 11 different communities were provided with food, water, tarps, and hygiene kits. Our Feed the Children team in Haiti are continuing to assess the long term community needs.

 In addition, your support made it possible for 15 semitrucks caring water, personal care items, and food to reach families affected in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

 Because of people like you thousands of families impacted by the devastating Hurricane Matthew were provided with food, much needed essentials, and hope! Give now to help prepare for tomorrows disasters today.

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Gerlyn Gets a Toilet

Gerlyn is an 8 year old girl living in The Philippines. Her father is a fisherman, but makes less than $100 a month. Her mother does odd jobs, such as cleaning shells or helping seaweed farmers, to earn money for the family. At times the food runs out, which creates sadness and sickness in Gerlyn’s family.

The good news is for the first time ever, this family now has their own toilet! They are especially thankful for something we all take for granted. This much needed essential provides a much better home life for her family.

There’s even more good news! Because of sponsors just like you, her school provides a feeding program that gives Gerlyn nutritious meals. She is being fed because of you.

Gerlyn and her family are extremely grateful for the programs and benefits sponsors like you provide. We believe education is the first step out of poverty and you have provided great assistance to help children like Gerlyn. Thanks to you, children like Gerlyn receive much needed school supplies, good nutritious meals, and access to clean water to wash their hands and brush their teeth. Your sponsorship also provides shoes to these children in need.

We are grateful for sponsors like you who are changing the world for the better…one child at a time.

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