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In a remote Ugandan village, their mother died in childbirth. Their alcoholic father was often gone for weeks.
At 11, Brian became the primary caretaker of his siblings: Joseph (7), Joan (5) and Emmanuel (2). Desperate to provide for them, he begged for food in a nearby village.
When Brian’s pleading resulted in no food, none of them ate. They slept on the dirt floor with empty stomachs. Every day was a struggle to survive.
Little Emmanuel, called Emma, weighed barely nine pounds.
His tummy was so swollen from malnutrition that his tiny legs struggled to support him. He didn’t have strength to move.
One day a woman, Madrine, noticed the children. She asked an FMSC food partner, Rakai Orphans Development Initiative (RODI), for help.
“There is a family where a child is about to die,” she told RODI.
“When we found him, Emmanuel couldn’t walk and wouldn’t even talk,” said Richard Mutaawe, Co-Founder of RODI. “He literally didn’t have any energy. He was just bones.”
RODI immediately gave the kids MannaPack Rice. “We knew only FMSC food could save this family,” they said.
After one year of eating nutritious food every day, Emmanuel weighs 22 pounds. He smiles joyfully and is walking!
“Now we can all see hope,” says RODI. “Before we came here, Emma was dying. He would spend days without eating. FMSC food was truly manna from heaven. It totally changed their lives.”
Eleven-year-old Brian cooks the MannaPack for his young siblings over an open fire. He makes sure they wash their hands and leads a prayer before they eat. Brian says, “Thank you so much for bringing us this food.”
Through RODI’s support, the oldest children now attend school.
“Before this food, they couldn’t find a way out of their situation. Now they have hope for tomorrow,” said Johnson Lwondo, Co-Founder of RODI.
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Through your generosity we are able to save the lives of children just like Emma. We are honored to fight hunger with you.
Seriously, these smiles are adorable. We love these kids. There is nothing so sweet as a smiling, happy child with a full belly. They make everything worth it.
Thailand (left) and Mozambique (right)
Malawi (left) and Tajikistan (right)
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14
This little boy’s name is Joel. He is three and a half years old and lives with his grandmother in a steep, mountainous area of Uganda where the soil is poor and there is no water. Feed My Starving Children’s partner, Rakai Orphans Development Initiative (RODI), provides them with FMSC meals which have really improved their health.
Their house was literally crumbling and falling apart. The children were not strong enough to carry water up the mountain and their grandmother was quite weak. RODI saw these needs and stepped in to help. They built a new house for the family and gave them a water tank. RODI also paid for medical care for the grandmother so she is able to continue to provide for all of these children.
FMSC is about more than just meals. Our partners look for all needs–physical, spiritual, emotional–and do everything they can to help. Thanks to RODI for all of their efforts in providing for this family!
If Fedner (above) wouldn’t have received and eaten Feed My Starving Children meals, he would have died. Here are nine more kids who were transformed by FMSC meals and the courageous work of our partners around the world.
Shaimie from the Philippines (Read Shaimie’s story.)
Pierre Emmanuel from Haiti (Read Pierre’s story.)
Omar from El Salvador (Read Omar’s story.)
Marilyn from Haiti (Read Marilyn’s story.)
Abdou from Burkina Faso
Moses from Haiti (Read Moses’ story.)
Nelson from Haiti (Read Nelson’s story.)
Kid from the Philippines (Read Kid’s story.)
Jonise from Haiti (Read Jonise’s story.)
FMSC’s CEO, Mark Crea, shares a reflection from his most recent trip to Haiti.
After more than 25 trips to Haiti, there are not too many surprises. I enjoy seeing so many missionaries who have become dear friends. I also enjoy bringing “newbies” with me and love watching what happens when Haiti gets a hold of their hearts. I always wait for that moment when God renews or awakens that sense of urgency for feeding His starving children.
This week we visited one of our newest partners, Sport Disciple, and met Barrett and Carrie Todd. Their ministry combines team sports (specifically soccer) with discipleship and provides a nourishing meal (FMSC food) and clean water. In just a few months, this ministry has already grown to 500 boys and girls.
Inside their locked compound, we watched the coaches work, taking the teams through warm ups and drills. As we watched, we could smell the FMSC food cooking. But throughout all this activity, one unique sound could be heard. It was the sound of children outside, gently knocking on the steel door, wanting to get in. Outside were dozens of children not in the program, but hoping Barrett would let them in. They were hungry, thirsty, and wanting to play soccer. Barrett looked at us and said, “I will work tirelessly and keep expanding, so all these children can come in, be on a team, hear the Good Word, and be fed.”
The gentle knocking at the door is calling you and me to do more. We can help Sport Disciple reach and feed more children. Thank you for the work you do to feed God’s children in Haiti and all around the world. Please pray, volunteer, and donate so that we can feed all of the children knocking at the door.