More than 115 million people could be added to world hunger statistics because of the effects of COVID-19. The economic impact of the global shutdown could also be catastrophic for millions of others who were already hanging on by a thread before the pandemic. To help combat hunger and other needs, CAM has been sending food, hygiene supplies, and other items to forty countries affected by coronavirus.
Following are some of the places and people helped through our Coronavirus Crisis Care program. Thank you, supporters, for your help in responding to the many needs coming our way. Your support is a huge blessing to many people! Our goal is to share the love of Jesus in these uncertain times.
Bangladesh: After the Bangladesh government deployed the military and armed police force to impose lockdowns, the number one fear among the people was hunger. This woman and her husband survived on one meal per day, which was usually plain rice. She became emotional after receiving food from CAM. She said, “I am so happy that after twenty-one days, my family will have a proper meal.”
Kenya: Many Kenyans were struggling to provide for themselves because of COVID-19. Then people in western Kenya experienced severe flooding that destroyed homes and crops. At a recent food distribution, a staff member shared, “There were smiles of joy and gratitude behind the masks.”
Malawi: A recent food distribution in Malawi brought relief to many orphans and their caregivers. Our contacts said, “These caregivers and guardians go to work to provide for their families, and mostly they just have enough for a day . . .” With lockdowns in the country, the food from CAM enables these orphans and their caretakers to eat at regular mealtimes.
USA: CAM responded to needs in the USA by providing food for people in inner cities. Earlier in the crisis, supporters helped provide meals and masks for medical workers. One nurse said she had chills when she went through her lunch and saw how neatly everything was put together. She said, “So much feeling went into these lunches by the volunteers who packed them.”
Nepal: Many impoverished people in Nepal had to skip meals during quarantine because they didn’t have enough food. Our contact said, “We had been praying to God for the suffering of these poor church members and villagers. And our God who is full of love and compassion heard our prayer through your ministry partners to purchase food items and distribute them to poor families.”
Liberia: CAM is providing food, Christian literature, and hygiene items to vulnerable communities and slums in Liberia. A Liberian pastor shared, “The people are desperate for food. When we give them rice they call it gold dust.”
Romania: Elderly Romanians are extra lonely and vulnerable during the coronavirus lockdown. A staff member who delivered milk and bread to the elderly and needy families said one elderly widow could hardly believe that someone cared enough to assist her in the midst of this crisis.
India: Many people in India can eat only when they earn a wage. Since the severe lockdown in the country, many scavenge for food. Our contact shared of the desperate needs of his people. He said, “We could expand and give until we had no more to give. . .” Our trusted contacts are seeking out the most needy in their area to give them food and hygiene items provided through CAM.
These projects give a glimpse into some of the many ways supporters are making a difference in the lives of needy people in countries affected by coronavirus. If you would like to help more people in need through the Coronavirus Crisis Care program, click the button below.