Here are a few statistics surrounding orphans worldwide:
– 147 million orphans worldwide
– 44,000 new orphans everyday
– Every 90 seconds another orphan starves to death
– 60 million orphans go to bed hungry every night
– Every two seconds another child becomes an orphan
-400,000 orphans starve to death every year.
-It only costs 25¢ to feed an orphan
When all you know is hunger it becomes all you know of life. It hollows out your
body, weakening your immune system and leading to disease.
Most of us are fortunate—we don’t know what it’s like to be that hungry.
But millions of people do. Malnourished mothers give birth to underweight babies
leading to a high mortality rate. The children who survive face their own battle due
to a lack of food.
“Poverty is a complex issue, but feeding a child isn’t” – Jeff Bridges.
The landlocked Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from
the Soviet Union in 1991, and since then, the Kyrgyz people have faced an
inordinate amount of hardship. Country of over 5.7 million people experiences
frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, mudslides and flooding. These
natural occurrences have rendered Kyrgyzstan unable to produce enough food to
support its own people. 40 percent of the Kyrgyz people live in poverty and 27
percent live in a state of food insecurity.
The poverty crisis in Kyrgyzstan gained a new level of severity in 2008 after
record drought preceded by one of the harshest winters the country has ever seen.
That year’s harvest was virtually destroyed causing a spike in hunger in
Kyrgyzstan. Since then, rising food prices, increased global economic instability
and a violent political uprising have created a situation of serious urgency. Because
of this, the people of Kyrgyzstan need the help of the international community now
more than ever.
Over the past decade, Kyrgyzstan has actually seen considerable economic growth.
However, this increase in gross domestic product cannot be correlated to an
increase in quality of life for all Kyrgyz people; unfortunately, this growth has not
positively affected the disadvantaged portion of the population.
- Half of the population lives on less than $1.3 a day.
- 70% of the poorest families live in remote rural areas.
One of the most prominent groups fighting hunger in Kyrgyzstan is the World
Hunger Program (WHP), United Nations’ programs, UNICEF and number of
NPOs. They began to institute programs which worked to rebuild food production
infrastructure and provide assistance and instruction on how to farm sustainably.
The most effective way which we can combat hunger in Kyrgyzstan is to donate
time or resources to charities. The Kyrgyz people are in dire need of assistance,
and with the help of the international aid community, a food-stable Kyrgyzstan is a
possible reality for the future.
The most vulnerable part of the society is kids. The main cause for children
becoming orphans in Kyrgyzstan and being placed in an orphanage is poverty and
general economic situation. Despite the annual increase in the number of children’s
homes, the state funding for such institutions for some reason reduces.
Government’s support is only 110 som ($ 1.5) per day for meals for one child and
$0.20 for health care (or 4.380 per year – $ 60). This kind of support is for 134
orphanages with more then 13 500 kids. It is official data but reality is more
terrible. Every year this number is increasing by 1000 kids.
We want to make a difference… even if it’s only one meal at a time: children need
nutritious food that helps them grow healthy and strong. And the younger they can
get that good health food, the better.
Food is the most important ingredient in our vision to create a world where no
child goes to bed hungry. Our program Feed the kids exists to end childhood
hunger. We believe that everyone can work together to create a world where no
child suffers from hunger. When friends like you partner with us, we can meet the
urgent physical needs of children by providing food, taking action in communities
worldwide and creating long-term solutions for kids in hunger.
You can help, and there are individuals and companies out there that come along
side Way of Mercy to help us dream, pray and wish for a better life for others. To
go beyond that, you can become the difference in someone’s life who has small
piece of bread and cup of water today.