Friday, October 2, 2009

Some scary statistics

We recently came across an organization called World Food Programme, that seeks to fight hunger and poverty across the globe by providing food, health care and education to the poorest of the poor. On The WFP's Guatemala page, we came across a fact that startled us - According to the WFP, Guatemala has the 4th highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. Not just in Latin America or in the Western Hemisphere, but in the entire world! We knew that poverty and malnutrition were grave issues in our adopted country, but I don't think even we realized the extent to which Guatemalans suffer. According to the WFP, poverty in Guatemala is most serious in rural areas, where 7 out of 10 children suffer from malnutrition. The organization says that many factors contribute to this high rate, including lack of health care, lack of clean water, inadequate food supply and natural disasters (in fact, Guatemala was hit by an earthquake today - a 4.9 in strength, but everyone at Casa Shalom is ok!) Take a moment to read up on Guatemala by clicking on the following link, and be in prayer about how you can change the future for Guatemala's poorest kids:
WFP Guatemala

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