“Scared and hungry.” This CNN headline clip jumped out at me after talking with Robert, our National Director in Liberia, this week. Liberia is in a state of crisis, trying to combat the Ebola outbreak. We have over 2,000 children who are not only at risk for infection, but who are becoming hungrier with each passing day.
Many of our children’s parents are day workers who struggle to provide just enough food to get to the next day. With the current situation, parents can’t work, so there is no money and ultimately very little to eat. Compound limited income with rising food prices—since food is not moving in from the farms and less food shipments are coming into the port—and it makes a bad situation even worse.
We are thankful that, to date, we have no infected children. However, our concern is growing about their health since we cannot bring them together for school and feeding since schools have been closed throughout the country to combat the infection. To alleviate this situation we are working to deliver food to families with the greatest need.
We serve about 600 families in Liberia. It is our goal to bring them rice, canned fish, palm oil, soap and bleach to provide them some short-term relief. Robert and this team are reaching out to our communities in the midst of this large-scale crisis. We share Robert’s heart and desire to keep our children fed.
Please help us support the more than 600 impacted families with a food package. For $60 you can provide much needed food and disinfectant supplies to a frightened and isolated family. Our need is great and the need is now.