Where Most Needed
Where Most Needed
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When you give where most needed, you’ll help provide things like healthcare, safety, food, clean water and more to vulnerable children and families around the world. It’s a powerful way to help fight poverty and hunger, and give hope to those in need.
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Food aid can help fight hunger where most needed
Food security can feel like a far-off dream for families like Martha’s who are struggling to persevere in the world’s toughest places. Here’s a sense of the relief that’s possible when caring donors give ‘Where Most Needed’ gifts through the World Vision Gift Catalogue.
“We survive on food aid,” says Martha, a widowed mother with 11 children to feed. “We will die of hunger without it. We are away from our own villages, jobless and have nowhere to go.”
Martha is one of thousands of mothers struggling to keep their children alive and healthy, in a camp for internally displaced people in Juba, South Sudan. She doesn’t want to be here. In 2016, the family was living peacefully in their home. Martha had a small shop and could provide for her children.
But they were driven out by the country’s violent civil conflict and now live as refugees. In camps like these, some of the world’s toughest places, the situation was already dire. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made things more desperate.
Women carry the load
“Women and children are the most affected in the onset of conflict and the pandemic,” says World Vision’s Emmanuel Ondoga, who oversees food assistance programming in the area. “Women shoulder the burden of taking care of their children.”
But with funding from the World Food Programme, World Vision is implementing the Food Assistance Project at the internally displaced camp in Juba. The project aims to save lives by providing food assistance and nutrition services to reduce acute needs among the most vulnerable.
Still a great need
Even with this help, Martha’s family eats just one meal a day, so their five-week food supply can be stretched for two months. She often begs for food from her neighbours or risks her safety to collect firewood to sell in the camp.
“I have no money and life is hard. We are grateful for the food aid … but it is not enough,” she says.
In regions where food security feels impossible, gifts like ‘Where Most Needed’ and other kinds of food aid can help keep families alive.