On average, 21,000 children die each day worldwide (14 children per minute or 7.6 million children each year) from poverty-related issues. One of the cornerstone effects of poverty is malnutrition. Malnutrition greatly reduces the effectiveness of the immune system, thus increasing the susceptibility to disease while also impairing development (UN/WHO). The ramifications of chronic hunger are far reaching and impact not only the economic stability of impoverished families but the communities in which they live.
When you provide essential food needed for survival, you allow vulnerable families the opportunity to focus their energy, time and skills on endeavors aimed at building opportunities for economic growth and improved access to education.
FPA identifies vulnerable community members, (including orphans, sibling and grandparent led households), providing monthly food distributions, medical care and when possible – educational support. It is not uncommon to see young orphaned children living alone, and older siblings raising their younger siblings after the death or abandonment of a parent. When it is clear that these families have no other form of support, FPA will assist with needed food, and distribute to qualifying families on a monthly basis.