“His smile wavered and tears formed in his eyes as he said, “my belly is aching and paining me badly…” but the smile returned as he exclaimed ‘but soon it will be full and dancing!'”
Monday morning at 10 am, 11-year-old Emmanuel was eager to jump in the breakfast line with his friends. This breakfast is an additional meal Emmanuel and all African Vision of Hope students are receiving because of the severe drought and starvation that is ravaging Zambia. These children’s parents and guardians struggle to provide food for them each day, and most of our students rely on their school meals as their only food source.
Emmanuel and his friends are so grateful for this extra meal as the price of food have more than doubled – and wages have not increased to meet the increased cost. Many parents and guardians are going months without pay even though they are working, relying on the promise that once the employers have money they will be paid.
While in the breakfast line, one of our mission team members recognized Emmanuel and gave him a hug. Emmanuel’s already bright smile got even brighter, and when asked why he was so happy he said, “I really like rice.” The team member then asked the small boy what he had eaten the day before (Sunday) to which he replied “nothing”. When further questioned, Emmanuel revealed that he had not eaten since Saturday. This small child had gone 40 hours without a single bite of food. His smile wavered and tears formed in his eyes as he said, “my belly is aching and paining me badly…” but the smile returned as he exclaimed “but soon it will be full and dancing!”
You can fill the starving bellies of little ones like Emmanuel across the globe. A small gift of $5 can feed a child like him every day for one month. How many children will YOU feed?