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Easing cries of hunger

grandmother, Christian Aid Ministries

Yatta, a sixty-six-year-old grandmother, lives in a remote area of Liberia. She cares for her abandoned grandchildren, since their mother rejected them and moved to another area. Yatta’s remaining children also left her to find jobs elsewhere.

Providing for a family in remote Liberia is not easy, especially for an elderly grandmother like Yatta. The food parcel she received through the International-Feed-A-Family program helped ease the struggle to feed her grandchildren.

Like Yatta, many parents in Liberia struggle to provide for their families. Some are blind or handicapped in some way and are unable to provide food for their families. A staff member in Liberia says, “An International-Feed-A-Family parcel makes all the difference to these parents when they can feed their family good nutritious food and do not need to hear their children cry at night because of hunger. They are very grateful.”

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Hope for the needy in Liberia’s bush

Liberia’s bush, Liberia's outback, Christian Aid Ministries

Bumpy roads wind deep into Liberia’s bush country. Life is hard in these remote villages where access to nutritious food and other items is severely limited.

Eighty-year-old Towne, pictured below, lives in one of these bush villages with her three daughters. Towne’s husband passed away several years ago, and her only son has been missing since 1998. Because they haven’t heard from him in so long, they presume he died in Liberia’s civil war.

Towne and her daughters live several hours away from the nearest clinic or grocery store. To provide some food, Towne’s daughters try to raise rice, cassava, corn, and plantain, which are staple foods in Liberia. But sometimes this is not enough. For a family with no source of income, they cannot eat if they do not work on their farm or if their crops fail.

The arrival of an International-Feed-A-Family food parcel helps stretch Towne’s and her daughters’ food supply. Even though this food lasts only part of the month, it eases the family’s hardship for a time. They are encouraged by this reminder that others care for their needs.

Towne enjoys cooking with the food that arrives in the parcel. She especially likes the canned chicken. She can hardly walk, but it does not deter her from cooking over a coal fire.

In Liberia, more than half of the population lives on less than two dollars per day. People still experience the effects of the wars between 1989 and 2003 that sent the country on a steep slide into poverty. The International-Feed-A-Family program tremendously encourages those who struggle to find sufficient food to eat.

Thank you, supporters, for helping destitute people in Liberia’s bush, Haiti, and the Middle East. For many recipients, it makes the difference between food and hunger, smiles and tears, and hope and despair.

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The misery of the blind

the blind

Survival itself is difficult in Liberia, and especially so for the blind. Desperate, these unseeing people spend their days on the streets begging. They plead for money to buy food and to send their children to school. “Most of their children go to school in the afternoon so they can spend the mornings helping their blind parents beg,” says a CAM staff member.

A monthly parcel of rice, beans, and other food through CAM’s International-Feed-A-Family program provides much-needed nourishment for these struggling families. “Were it not for the food box,” our staff member says, “they would be spending even more time on the streets.”