What could be in these fun little packages that were recently delivered to the kids at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia?
They’re a product that is ingenious in its simplicity called “Lucky Iron Fish”!
Have you ever heard of posho? We sure hadn’t until we first became involved with helping children in Uganda. We now know that posho is the #1 staple of a Ugandan diet. Posho is ground maize, or corn, mixed with water until it forms a huge block that can be cut into pieces that then can be easily picked up to eat.
Posho fills up tummies, but on its own it does not have a lot of nutritional value. For children in the village where our Believe in Me Kabale school is located, posho is often their primary food. Read more.
This week we celebrated the grand opening of LWB’s Kitchen House at our Believe in Me school in Rangsei!
In this Cambodian village, many of the parents have left to find work elsewhere, and the kids are “left behind”. As we mentioned in our blog, Hunger in Cambodia, this country has the highest infant and under-five mortality rate in the southeast Asia region, with malnutrition being a key cause of child mortality. According to some reports, up to 45 percent of all Cambodia children — more than 1 in 3 — are stunted due to malnutrition. Read more.
As I hope you have heard, LWB has now expanded several of our program areas into Cambodia. One of our primary focuses in Cambodia will be in the field of nutrition, and today I wanted to give you a bit of background on why we feel that is so important.
During my trip to Cambodia in September, one of things I saw clearly in the rural villages I visited was that the majority of children I met were stunted in their growth. Read more.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
When we visited Karukoba Village in Uganda in August, we were alarmed by how underweight some of the children were. Many of these children get just one meal per day which often consists of beans and posho, or cornmeal. Surely this was an area in which our Nutrition program could make a difference.
We decided to implement a program that would not only give the children the food that they need but also be sustainable — in other words, a program that would give the villagers the tools to feed themselves down the road. Read more.
As I imagine is the case with many of you who support Love Without Boundaries, I first became aware of LWB when we adopted my youngest daughter from China. They helped to fund her heart surgery while she was a baby in China, and once we brought her home, they provided us with priceless pictures of her.
I wanted to give back to this organization who had given so much to us, and so I have been a volunteer with LWB’s Education program for the past couple years, helping administer the Believe in Me schools. Read more.
We have a special announcement to make about the birth of the newest member of the LWB family in Uganda! As you might remember, when our CEO Amy Eldridge was in Uganda, she helped purchase a female cow for the village we are helping near Kabale. We were thrilled that the cow we bought was pregnant, and this past week we received this joyous letter from Innocent, the man with whom we are working to improve the lives of children in Karukoba village:
If you pick up any travel guide to Cambodia, you will see under the “weather” section that almost all of them say you should never travel in September, due to the rainy season. But of course I wasn’t heading to Cambodia for tourism purposes, but instead to meet the local children there. So rainy season or not, I was on my way. Before I left, I received an email from Leng, the man I was going to meet there, which simply said, “Please prepare for mud.” I will admit readily that I was woefully unprepared, and I should have paid more attention in school to what “monsoonal rains” really mean.
We left for the first village at 7:30 in the morning, in the pouring down rain, and our brave tuk tuk driver was soaked to the core before we even climbed aboard. Read more.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know the children from Karukoba village in Uganda a bit more, although I am sure you are like me in finding it difficult to know they are facing so many challenges. You might also be thinking that you are happy this blog series is now done, since I know I write far too much each time. (Hence my difficulty with Twitter!)
On my final night in the village, I asked some of the local people why they feel the region has remained in a cycle of poverty. Read more.