May 27 2008

Global Food Crisis

My heart is very heavy with the sad news we are hearing about how the current global food crisis is affecting many of our Compassion children, their families and even some of our country staff. Although we are still attempting to determine where the greatest needs are and the number of children being most adversely affected, please know that Compassion is dedicated to doing all that we can to step up our help in this area of urgent need.

Most of us are feeling the pinch of rising prices in our own lives, but to the poor even the slightest increase can be devastating. In times like this, those of us with enough have the option of reducing what we purchase. But for the needy, who are often already trying to survive on only one meal a day, they have no option but to go hungry.

Compassion has already determined that we will be able to send additional funds to each country this month. We will put an extra $1 million in the child support pool. However, we realize that this will be offset by the growing needs for unsponsored children and the loss in purchasing power of the U.S. dollar. We will release additional funds in order to respond immediately to urgent proposals for food aid.

Please join us in this cause and consider a donation to our Global Food Crisis fund, with the hope that we can provide an even greater response to the specific needs of children in poverty in the months to come.

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  1. May 27, 2008
    at 5:31 pm

    Thanks, Wess, for letting us know the status. I think many of us have the same heaviness of heart, as we think about the growing need of people in the extremities of poverty. But you see it, up close and personal, more than most of us, I’m sure, and I don’t know how you manage. I really don’t. God bless you and all at Compassion as you make the necessary decisions to help the children we serve.

  2. Amy
    May 28, 2008
    at 12:05 pm

    I’ve been struggling for a while with wanting to help with the global food crisis, but not knowing what to do. Thank you for giving us a way to help minister to the children that have been affected.

  3. May 29, 2008
    at 12:37 pm

    Wess, thank you for letting us know this is an urgent need. Our family made a donation this afternoon.

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