Another child has died!



These are the words we have been hearing over and over in the village. In fact in the past month more than 11 children under the age of 5 have died from a combination of malnourishment, malaria and anemia, 8 of them in the last two weeks. The child above was brought to the Hearts 4 Africa facility in grave condition. He is 11 months old and his name is Gubi Jovin. Gubi was suffering from malnutrition, They tried their best to help him but ended up having to refer him to the government hospital. We have lost contact with his family so pray that he will recover completely.

A combination of poor crop yields, late rains and a nationwide blood shortage have contributed to this problem. I have mentioned before that we are in the time of year called “the hunger gap,” which is the time between planting and harvest. Add to this spiraling inflation and we have a disasterous mix that threatens to create famine like conditions. This threatens the most vulnerable populations which are the very young and the elderly. Our goal is to buy 20-30 metric tons of food to begin distributing to the community.

Psalm 40:17 (NKJV)
But I [am] poor and needy; [Yet] the LORD thinks upon me. You [are] my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

We are getting calls from our ministry partners throughout the country. In the refugee camps in Northern Uganda things seem to be even worse.

This little boy is Jackson Given and is three years old. He and his mother fled from the fighting in South Sudan and found themselves in a refugee camp. The food situation there is critical as the UN is only giving 1/4 rations each month. Not enough to sustain them. Jackson’s stomach is not full of food but fluid from the lack of protein. He is experiencing acute severe malnutrition and severe malaria. Pastor Emma called me to say that Jackson was going to die and they had no means to help him.

For $153 we were able to pay for his two week hospital stay, all his medications, transport, food and cooking utensils for his mother Lilias who needs to stay with him.

In two weeks we will be traveling to the camps to assess the situation for ourselves and are prayerfully going to be doing a supplemental feeding there.

We have also started a small scale feeding in Soroti this week for 20 families that did not even have enough food for one meal a day.

Altogether we are praying for 100 metric tons of food which would cost about $50,000. This would feed approximately 2,500 people for over two months which prayerfully will get them through to harvest. This is an average of $10 a person for a month’s worth of food. That’s the price of two cups of coffee!

We have also begun construction on the feeding center in Naluko. This is a dream of Pastor Majok’s to have a place to feed and care for malnourished children. We are calling it the Anchor of Hope House. This week we began training our staff in nutrition and food preparation.

We are prayerfully desiring to buy land to begin a farm in Naluko. This would allow us to grow our own food so we don’t have to keep buying food to feed the community every year. It will also be a demonstration farm to teach and encourage people in the community to grow food for consumption rather than just focusing on cash crops like sugar cane which don’t make any money.

Know that every kilo of food would be delivered in the name and love of Jesus Christ as we share with them that God has not forgotten them.

None of this would be possible without your prayers and support. Thank you so much to all of you who faithfully support us.

If the Lord moves you to help financially with the feeding project please click on the link below to donate through Promise Child. As always 100% of your donation will go directly to feed the hungry.

https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/2CC469A60908477

In Christ,

Gary I. Kusunoki
Chief Executive Officer
Anchored International Relief
28241 Crown Valley Parkway Suite F491
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
USA

Office: +1(949)432-6777
Website: http://www.anchoredrelief.org

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