Hunger: A Growing Challenge!
Love At Work Ministries has prioritized nutrition and health care as two of the most important intervention areas for the well-being of children and their families.
Hunger is a growing challenge in the urban slums of Alajuelita. “We can talk about education, good health, productivity, creativity . . . but the hungry person has no chance, especially the hungry child.” Jim Morris, former exec director of United Nations World Food Program.
There are 1.02 billion undernourished people in the world today.
That means one in nearly six people does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. (World Food Program, "What Is Hunger?" http://www.wfp.org.
We provide food and meals that fill the nutritional gaps that are so common for poor children.
In our school, daily lunches promote attendance, fuel studies and nourish growing bodies. We designed and helped fund a new feeding center in the community that will provide daily nutrition to hundreds of kids. We meet crisis needs for food, medical and dental care while working on long term solutions that are developmental and preventative in nature, like improving water and sanitary conditions and educating people with basic knowledge of nutrition, hygiene and health care.