On Monday last week, a food container that was shipped from a US based organized called Stop Hunger Now arrived in Bulembu. Stop Hunger Now generously sent Bulembu 114,048 prepackaged dehydrated food meals. In a country where 40% of people live off of International Food Aid, there is no doubt it will be used to help save lives.
Who exactly is ‘Stop Hunger Now’ and what do they do?
‘Stop Hunger Now’ is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision to end world hunger in our lifetime and a mission to provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most destitute and hungry in the most sustainable, efficient and effective manner.” Check out their website to find out more - www.stophungernow.org
Bulembu will be distributing the food not only to our community, but to other child care organizations within Swaziland. This is to ensure that the number of children reached is maximized. In the past, Stop Hunger Now has experienced that the food has at times been handed out to schools that already provided hot meals to their children at lunch, whereas that food could have been given to children who were in a greater need of food to survive.
Two of the childcare centers that Bulembu will be sharing the food packs with is the ‘Lighthouse Care Centre’ and ‘Teen challenge Swaziland’ – both which were founded by Bulembu board member Kevin Ward. Their mission is to reach out to the youth of Swaziland that have become victims of substance abuse and HIV AIDS, leaving children destitute and needing to fend for themselves. Bulembu is also looking to partner with a primary school in a small community in the eastern part of the country, Sisteki.