Hunger is a daily struggle for thousands of families who live in the Masindi-Kitara and West Lango districts of North West Uganda. 90% of the population rely on agriculture as their source of income. Due to poor farming methods, fierce competition for land, and increasingly frequent drought, many households lack food. Day in, day out, they simply don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Every day families try to survive off the land. They eat what they grow. When their stock of food has gone they go hungry. Families are not growing sufficient crops or enough nutritious food to ensure a balanced diet, let alone generate enough income at the market to buy food.
Families and children who are not getting nutritious food become sick. Sick children cannot go to school; some parents go to work leaving them vulnerable and unprotected at home, other parents who stay at home to look after their children miss out on vital income. The little income they have is then spent on healthcare. Parents who go to work and children who go to school lack the strength and energy to be effective because they are hungry.
Parents and grandparents are regularly forced to choose which child will go hungry, or which child will work the land rather than go to school. Some families tragically abandon their children in the street, while others marry off their daughters at a young age so there is one less mouth to feed. These girls can end up dying in child birth or bringing more children into the world that need food; Some men ‘cope’ by spending what little money a family might have on alcohol and drugs. All this pressure of a lack of food results in domestic violence and family break up.Find Out More
Samaritan’s Purse is looking to raise £200,000 in order to support 9,600 families. Any income raised in excess of this amount will be applied to existing or future Raising Families projects, at the discretion of Samaritan’s Purse.
You, your friends, family, church or your school can get involved and do something amazing to raise money for nutritious food.Find Out More
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." (Matthew 25:35)