We all know the feeling of hunger. Growling stomachs and hunger pains — our bodies are wired to tell us when it’s time to refuel. But when our bodies get too hungry, they stop talking to us. This was the case with Sebastian and his twin sister Nathalie, whom I recently met while on a mission trip doing health work at Altagracia School.
I had overheard the growing concern of the team nurses as they discovered that child after child hadn’t eaten for some time — for sure nothing that day. In response, I decided to go without breakfast and lunch the next day to see how it affected me.
By mid-morning, my thinking was foggy and I was moving slow. I was teaching the children in Spanish, which required extra thinking, and I had to rely more on my translator. The extra concentration forced my sense of humor to fly out the window, and I found myself smiling less.
I ended up having a snack between classes, but still felt behind all day. My heart was breaking for these precious children who experience devastating hunger daily. How can these children reach their full potential without sufficient food? My prayer is that this school will be full of kids receiving nutritious meals to satisfy their growling bellies!
—Kay J., VisionTrust Team Member
Ensanche Altagracia is the only VisionTrust Program in the Dominican Republic not providing food, and that’s because only 60% of the children there are sponsored. If 90% or more of the children had a sponsor, there would be enough funds available for food.
We’re at a critical point and we need your help to change this! There are two ways you can help:
- Sponsor a child from Ensanche Altagracia for $40 a month
- Be one of 20 people to give $50 a month to help us maintain a feeding program at Ensanche Altagracia
The children are returning to school this month, and it’s our goal to raise the funds we need in time to see them begin the school year strong and well-nourished. Will you be one of the people we need to help provide food for these kids?