GLOBAL: Salesian Missions launches Annual Food Distribution Appeal, delivering critical food aid to those most in need
(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions has launched its Annual Food Distribution Appeal, enabling donors to multiply their gift many times over by turning a $1 donation into $20 of critical nutrition. Thanks to ongoing partnerships with international humanitarian aid organizations that donate the food—and the established, trusted presence of Salesian Missions in more than 130 countries—life-saving meals are ready for those who need them most. Salesian Missions needs donor help to transport the meals from shipping docks to Salesian program locations around the globe.
Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a joint United Nations and European Union report. In Cambodia, one out of two children in the poorest households has irreversible stunted growth because of inadequate nutrition. In Ethiopia, 8.1 million people require food assistance, and in Haiti, without urgent action, 2.3 million people are at risk of starvation.
In 2018, Rise Against Hunger rice-meals were shipped to Salesian programs in Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti and Uganda. These meals improved the lives and health of thousands of youth. Salesian food programs provide meals to students during the school day and serve as an incentive for families to send their children to school. As a result of the feeding programs, students are thriving. Many have gained weight, suffer fewer illnesses and became more focused on their studies. In addition, teachers are seeing better student performance in class, a decrease in absenteeism and an increase in program enrollment rates.
“Salesian missionaries live and work in the communities in which they serve and are perfectly positioned to effectively and efficiently distribute goods and supplies,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions. “Missionaries know the local and political landscape and have the resources to ensure that this aid reaches those most in need. Our donors are an integral part of ensuring this aid reaches youth who depend on Salesian programs for food, water, shelter and education.”
More than 30,000 Salesian missionaries are dedicated to caring for poor and at-risk youth in programs around the globe. Salesian programs assist poor and disadvantaged youth through education (academic, trade, agriculture) and workforce development initiatives, emergency relief and humanitarian aid, infrastructure support, clean water initiatives and nutritional and health services.
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