How is feeding the kids at God's Littlest Angels in Haiti going? There's a couple of statistics and then two pictures that will tell the story well.
According to statistics that I received from a friend of mine at another organization north of Port Au Prince, in many of the areas that got hit by Tropical Storm Isaac, between 50 and 80% of the farm crop was wiped out. Not only is that a problem for those particular farmers, it is creating significant food shortages and many NGOs are worried about a significant spike in malnutrition and malnutrition related diseases, especially in children.
On a global scale, but especially in Haiti, food prices have been going up substantially. The most recent statistics that I've seen say that food prices in Haiti have risen over 30%. When the average wage is $2 per day, a 30% increase takes a HUGE bit out of anyone's income, but especially those who are already "on the edge."
Food prices are going up and supplies are going down. That's not a good combination.
But, let me show you two pictures of one little girl.
Dayana came in to God's Littlest Angels in May with a group of 22 other children from another orphanage that has been shut down. You can tell by the older picture that she was scared, she was hungry and not "in a good place."
Now look at the second picture - what a difference 4 months can make! What is the difference?
Enough food - some of the children who came in with Dayana said they were "shocked" that everyone got to eat three times a day. They said that many times, the kids would take turns eating and 3would eat maybe every other day.
Love and attention - those magnify the good that enough food does. Enough food is crucial but it is the combination that makes a huge difference.
The need in Haiti and the need for our kids to have enough food is more important than it has ever been.
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