Today, you can help meet these urgent needs—faithfully answering God’s call to respond to those suffering under natural disasters, outbreaks, persecution, and more—and help save their lives. Together, we are made for this.
In early November, Hurricane Eta and then Hurricane Iota struck Guatemala―including FH Canada partner communities in Alta Verapaz and Ixil regions. Eta is the second-most intense November hurricane on record. Eta and Iota unleashed torrential rains and flooding across Central America. Many families have lost homes, livelihoods, and even loved ones. As the hurricane tore through the communities, many did not have time to collect food and belongings before their homes were flooded, roads washed away, and crops destroyed. Many families were trapped and unable to travel in and out of communities.
During this chaotic time, you can help bring stability and safety back to the families. Through your generous support, FH will find a way to get through to supply families with food and water to help them survive the next months without their homes or gardens. As well, masks, sanitizer, and hygiene supplies will help families that are moving into shared spaces and can no longer social distance stay safe from the virus.
Thank you for walking alongside these communities, ensuring they have hope, no matter the challenges they face.
Meanwhile, a pandemic rages on.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) took the world by surprise, and is a dire threat to vulnerable populations—as if living in poverty wasn’t already hard enough. Families with nearly no access to healthcare or personal savings are hurting. Community leaders are blindsided by demands put on response plans and hygiene education. With your help, FH is helping families and leaders as they fight off the effects of a new disease, react to a slowing global economy, and continue working towards their goals to overcome poverty in their communities.
Here are some of the ways your support helps the response to the coronavirus:
- Hand-washing training — in some remote areas, we even share instructions by cell phone
- Establishing hand-washing stations in communities where clean water and soap are not readily available
- Distribution of hygiene kits that include wipes, washcloths, hand sanitizer, and soap
- Providing emergency food to families who have no source of income due to restrictions preventing them from going to work
Meanwhile, many still suffer the debilitating effects of natural disasters, climate change, and conflict.
In 2018, coastal communities on Sumatra and Java were swept away by a tsunami, followed by earthquakes that hindered relief efforts. In 2019, Hurricane Dorian decimated 45% of the homes on affected Bahaman islands. Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of thousands were left in desperate need of life-saving resources; still today many families have not yet rebuilt or returned home and are in need of food and clean water. Refugees are desperate for help. Over 1.3 million Rohingya have fled ethnic-based violence and are trapped in refugee camps in Bangladesh. A protracted conflict in Yemen has resulted in the most severe cholera outbreak ever witnessed, with hundreds of thousands of children affected. These are the world’s most vulnerable in dire need of healthcare.
And that’s why we need your help. Only together, can we fight this poverty.
We need your help to respond quickly and bring relief to families in need of food, medicine, and shelter. Today, our world is facing major emergencies and Food for the Hungry is once again stepping into the gap.
We have to do something.
Through partnerships with established relief organizations, FH is bringing emergency aid and hope to thousands of victims suffering starvation, sickness, homelessness, and insecurity because of circumstances beyond their control. Thank you for joining us in the global effort to rescue these millions from tragedy!