Today, you can bring hope to vulnerable families struggling against a rising hunger pandemic. Your gift will help feed hungry families—today, and forever!
Ongoing food shortages, lack of healthcare, and job losses are hurting millions around the globe. Your gift will send life-saving food now, and help families plant life-giving food gardens for tomorrow.
Join us to deliver shipments of emergency dried soup mix and provide seeds, agricultural training, livestock, and more so families can grow food all year round. They’ll harvest farm-fresh produce, and sell the surplus in their communities—creating a long-term source of food security and income.
Hungry families can’t wait! Help meet their urgent need for food and provide a forever solution to their hunger. You can help end the rising hunger pandemic now!
Every family is different. Some desperately need emergency soup mix to feed their children—now. Some are ready to start a home garden today to secure their family’s future. FH staff and local leaders listen to individual family needs and work with them to find the right solution.
When you share what you have to help families, your generosity multiplies!
As families grow more stable and food secure, they begin to share what they have, too. They share fresh veggies from their gardens with hungry neighbours. They give new piglets, chicks, or kids (baby goats, that is!) to families ready to raise livestock. They sell surplus produce in local markets for a fair price. Abundance drives out hunger and vulnerable communities start to thrive!
“I had not any source of money… then the gift of soup secured me… we managed to push towards the harvest! I thank you very much!”
HOW SOUP AND GARDENS WORK
Lack of food and malnutrition takes more lives than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis each year. COVID-19 has worsened the hunger pandemic.
Soup mix can stop malnutrition in its tracks! This Canadian-prepared soup is packed with vitamins and minerals that prevent all kinds of diseases.
It doesn’t stop there! Soup mix gives relief to families today so they can plant veggie gardens and raise animals for an abundant tomorrow.
Whether through soup mix or fresh vegetables or small farms, nutrition feeds the body and mind, preparing families for a bright future.
A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR HER FAMILY
Widowed four years ago, Speciose bears the sole responsibility of feeding and raising her four children. As the planting season wore on, Speciose became more and more anxious. Their food stocks were running out and the beans she had planted weren’t yet ready to harvest.
What would they eat? With just 3000 Burundi francs—less than $2!—left in her pocket, Speciose was desperate.
That’s when she received a message to come and collect bags of dried soup mix from FH. What a relief!
She received 10 bags of nutrient-packed soup—more than enough to get her family through the next three weeks until she could harvest their beans.
“The gift of soup secured me and I bought cassava flour to make dough and eat it with the soup,” explains Speciose.
In Kabarore where Speciose lives, 417 people were identified by community leaders as in urgent need of support to get through the hungry season; they all received dried soup mix. Using it to stretch each meal and add vital nutrients, including protein, to their diet, families prepare the soup with sweet potatoes, beans, plantains, or other foods they can secure.
This is the first time Speciose’s community has received soup mix and it engendered a true spirit of sharing.
Families are eager to share the soup with neighbours, testing different ways to cook it and learn from each other. In addition to sharing soup, neighbours have reached out to help one another get through this tough time. “As God takes care of us, a friend of mine paid me a visit and she brought me four cups of harvested beans,” Speciose recounts her friend’s generosity. These small acts of kindness and selflessness are what move a community forward toward thriving.
The soup mix is improving the health of Speciose’s children, diversifying their diet and raising their vitamin levels. It also enables them to go to school on full stomachs instead of with gnawing hunger in their bellies.
Hundreds of other children in the community who were previously skipping school to spend time searching or labouring for food can now go back to class.
Long-term, Speciose plans to increase production on her 30 acres of farmland. As FH trains model farmers in her community to improve their farming methods, they’ll turn around and train neighbours like Speciose. As her crop yields go up, so will her income! Speciose will be able to start saving in her Savings and Loans group, a critical step towards a self-sustaining future.
Her bright future is possible because someone gave emergency food relief and provided a long-term solution to her hunger.