Kinship Projects around the world have to get pretty creative when it comes to helping orphans and serving the desperate people in their communities. They stretch the support you give them to the max by living simply, sharing a lot, and making sacrifices. But when Kinship Leaders are in the thick of orphan rescue and have to make quick decisions about caring for these precious children, it all comes down to the basics: food, water, and shelter.
And on Sunday, October 16th, one of those basics will stand front and center on the world stage. Because October 16th is World Food Day.
What’s World Food Day?
If you’re like me, you probably don’t know much about World Food Day! So here’s some background information: October 16th was designated “World Food Day” as a way to celebrate the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945. The organization’s priority is to “free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system” (FAO.org).
According to FAO, over 150 countries worldwide host events in honor of this day. The events are a tool to bring attention to world hunger and encourage action to achieve the “Zero Hunger Generation.” And, of course, each year there’s a new theme. This year’s theme is, “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too” (FAO.org).
How can my gifts to Kinship United encourage sustainable food sources?
When it comes to orphan care, focusing on the development of a sustainable food source is critical. You hear stories constantly about children rummaging through the garbage to find food for themselves or their siblings if their families can’t afford to feed them. Starvation is prevalent, and it leaves lasting scars on children struggling to survive.
New kids coming into a Kinship Home often need encouragement and reassurance before they fully trust their new family. It takes time and love from attentive caregivers. It takes a “tour” of their new home to show children all of the food on hand. And sometimes, it even takes a loaf of bread to sleep with at night to ease any lingering fears children might have that they’ll have to go another day with an empty tummy.
Your support gives Kinship Projects and the children who call them “home” the food security they so desperately need. It also gives them the power to be creative with the ways they grow their food.
What can I do to keep Kinship Projects on a path to sustainability and food security?
This year alone, climate change hit some of our partner countries hard. People living in southern and eastern Africa experienced an extreme drought caused by “one of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded,” according to The Guardian. The number of people facing hunger in the area due to the drought has risen to over 36 million (theguardian.com). Without the rains, farmers can’t grow successful crops, and people can’t feed their families. That’s why it’s important to help Kinship Projects start on the path to sustainable food sources now.
One creative way Kinship Projects are working to achieve a more sustainable method of growing food is through aquaponics. (What’s aquaponics? Click here for more information) By using this sustainable farming tool that joins together gardening and fish, Kinship Projects are able to decrease the natural resources they utilize in the process. Active fish tanks underneath or near growing pads provide water to nourish growing vegetables, such as cabbage, maize, and yams. The plants act as natural purifiers to clean the water. The water is then filtered back to the fish. Nutrients found in the fish water fertilize the plants and help them grow big while the clean water keeps the fish healthy.
Giving to Sustainable Agriculture can help more Kinship Projects build functioning aquaponics systems and develop healthy gardens. It can also give them the gift of livestock. Another way to keep Kinship Projects from suffering the effects of climate change is to give them the gift of food security. Because of kind-hearted individuals like you, nearly 7 million meals were distributed over the last fiscal year. Can you believe that? And you can do it again this year!
With your support, Kinship Projects can fight the damaging effects of climate change, keep their children fed, and teach them methods of adapting their agriculture to be more fruitful and environmentally-friendly.
Now it’s Your Turn
Now that you know about World Food Day, what are you going to do about it? What steps are you going to take to serve the hungry? We’d love to hear! Tweet us @KinshipUnited with your ideas. And visit FAO’s World Food Day website for more information.
- “World Food Day, 16 October.” http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/home/en/
- The Guardian. “Drought and Rising Temperatures ‘Leaves 36m People Across Africa Facing Hunger.’” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/16/drought-high-temperatures-el-nino-36m-people-africa-hunger