Several families in this festive season spend hours each day walking long distances to fetch wild food. They are facing a food shortage crisis since the available food in the market has become too expensive for a peasant to afford. Besides food problems, they also face unending poverty, which strikes hardest this time of year.
Mrs. Betty explained the struggle she goes through to have food; she says after working for four days on a nearby farm with a foreigner, she was able to get her payment. After her payment, bills at home were as huge as a mountain; she spent all to buy soap, salt, and paraffin and couldn’t at least buy herself bread. She says that the lack of food in some families has forced locals to share wild fruits with wild animals. “We have water in plenty, but our problem is food since rain pours almost daily.” She said all that while her face showed an expression of anguish.
Some families are too populated to the extent that even if you give them a whole sack of rice can be finished in two days. There are pretty sad stories if you give an ear to everyone to share with you what they go through; others are sick with no medication. JFM cannot save the whole world, but we reach out to those in need and deliver food, love, and hope. Thank you, donors, for making a difference.