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Last November, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central islands of the Philippines. FMSC responded by sending millions of additional meals. The Philippines receives the second highest number of FMSC meals, surpassed only by Haiti.
Because of our unique network of embedded feeding partners, FMSC is able to get our food into the most remote, forgotten, difficult places in the world. It is in these places where we find the “least among us.” Over the past three days I’ve been with some FMSC staff and our partner, International Care Ministries (ICM) in the central Philippines. Today, we took 15,000 FMSC meals to the port city of Concepcion and loaded them onto a pump boat.
We traveled to two islands that were hard hit by the typhoon. The 223 families we met were so happy to see us. In the past four months, they have received a small amount of outside support (plastic tarps and some rice), but their main support has come from ICM which has provided critical items, including FMSC food. Many mothers told us how their children not only love the FMSC MannaPack, but their children have also gained weight. One mother showed us her 8 year old son who went from 28 lbs. to 38 lbs. in just three months.
We heard many stories of how people grabbed their children and ran up the mountain as they saw a 20 foot wall of water coming at them last November 8th. They returned to find their homes and livelihoods destroyed. That’s when ICM stepped in to help. Through their network of 6,000 pastors, ICM was able to minister to the hurting and get FMSC food to the places that needed it most. These pastors know each family personally. Knowing where the need is the greatest, finding the least of these, and ministering to them–this is some of the best work I’ve ever seen. The reassurance that FMSC food will continue to be there for their children while they rebuild their lives is so important to these beautiful people.
We are working with our Philippine partners to determine the number of emergency meals needed for this coming year. It will be a big number! I ask you to pray that FMSC will be able to meet the need for meals this year in the Philippines while we continue to feed God’s children all around the world.
We’re happy to share that FMSC meals recently arrived in Jordan to feed Syrian refugees. Through our partner Children’s Hunger Fund, over 1,000 Syrian families have been given assistance including FMSC meals.
This young Syrian girl escaped to Jordan with her family. As they approached the border, a guard confronted them and broke the girl’s hand. The break was fairly bad and since medical attention is scarce, her hand has permanent damage.
Our feeding partner has visited her family several times, and is now looking for options to help with physical therapy for her hand. The family is very grateful for the meals they’ve received.
It is estimated that Jordan is now home to 1.3 million Syrian refugees. Distributions continue through our partners.
To help FMSC feed kids all around the world, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate
Cristian and Jancarlo are brothers. They live on the mountain side in a remote area in Nicaragua.
The brothers are taken care of by several great aunts. Tragically, their father was murdered a few years ago and their mother left the family.
Since their father’s death, both boys have received FMSC meals through the Church of St. Edwards. The family likes to cook the meals with chicory, green pepper, and onions. The boys also live with their small cousin named Anderson. All three have shown an increase in energy level and improved health since eating FMSC meals.
Last year, Feed My Starving Children sent 22,290,552 meals to Nicaragua, the Western Hemisphere’s second poorest country. Our partners in Nicaragua work together to ship meals into the country (to save on cost) and help feed more kids together.
If you’d like to help us feed more kids in Nicaragua and elsewhere, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate.
Anite lives in Jubilee, a village in Haiti, where she has received FMSC meals from our food partner MUCH Ministries. Her story shows the amazing dedication of a mother’s love as she strives to provide for her family by making flowers for others.
Our contact in Haiti shares Anite’s story:
“I drive down to Jubilee early this morning to work. The well is open and there are many children and adults crowded around carrying precious clean water back to their homes.
Anite walks out to greet me and we talk about an order of handmade daisies for today.
Anite is a young widow with four kids of her own. She might weigh 75 pounds soaking wet. I wonder how many days she has gone without food to keep her children fed.
Her girls look so healthy and bright eyed. Her youngest has severe hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and many complications. He is six years old, he cannot talk, walk, see, sit up, and he may not have much more time left here on earth. I believe he has been loved well by his momma. Her whole face lights up when she looks at him. She is a woman of faith. She is a woman fiercely determined to keep her family together and raise her kids well.
We stand outside Anite’s tiny thatch home. I reach down to fix the collar on the dress of a little girl standing with Anite’s daughters. She tells me, that the girls’ family has had many problems. They lived next door until recently they were forced to leave. The family moved, but left this little girl behind. Alone.
Anite has taken her in. She tells me that God will take care of them and that He promises to do that for those who care for those in need.”
FMSC heard Anite’s story and wanted to respond. We are told that Anite smiled brightly when the FMSC MarketPlace placed an order for her handmade daisies.
She was able to employ two additional women to help create the flowers for you to purchase. We’re hopeful that with your support, even more women will be able to join Anite in the future.
Purchase here ► www.fmscMarketPlace.org
We’ve also been told that because of her small business, Anite has recently been able to stop receiving FMSC meals for support. This progress report is not only encouraging, it’s exactly what we want to happen. Now, Anite’s confidence and pride have increased, and the meals she once received can be redeployed to help another family.
By purchasing Anite’s handmade daisies from the FMSC MarketPlace, you are helping keep Anite and her family self-reliant.
Feed My Starving Children exists to help you turn hunger into hope with your own two hands. You can help change things. Last year alone, volunteers helped FMSC send nearly 190 million FMSC meals to countries like Haiti, the Philippines, Uganda, and Thailand.
But our goal isn’t just to feed kids. It’s to spread hope.
See how hope starts with food:
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Every child deserves to eat. And hope starts with food.
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