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Feeding Those In Need

Thank you for your generous support to the International Children’s Fund over the years. Together we are making an incredible difference in the lives of desperately poor children and their families in Africa and India.

Providing Meals And Hope For A Better Tomorrow

Imagine not having anything to eat … for days at a time.  Then try to imagine the horror of not having any food for your children or grandchildren.  Food shortages in sub-Saharan Africa and India have been exacerbated by the pandemic and climate change.  Now this problem is truly a crisis.

The UN estimates that on average, one child under 5 years old dies every 10 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa – most due to starvation.

With your help, the International Children’s Fund provides more than 1.5 million meals per year to desperately poor children and their families.  We buy rice, meat products, beans, gari, cornmeal, and powdered milk locally.  We supplement these local purchases with food shipped from the US and increasingly with food that is grown or raised within our missions.  

During a recent visit to Bubbugo Village in Uganda, Pastor Kasharu distributed 10 kg bags of rice to more than 200 families who were in desperate need.  He reported that “Our ears keep hearing the hunger cries and even though our intervention is simply a drop in the ocean figuratively, we can never undermine the efforts that start with helping a single family survive for another month.”

Although buying and supplying food to starving children and their families allows them to survive for another day or week or month, it is not a long-term solution.  Since ICF is committed to making a sustainable impact, we also focus on local food production.  These boys are helping with harvesting bananas at our mission in Togo.  In fact, ICF supports farming, animal husbandry, and even fish farms at many of our missions.  

These programs provide nutritious food for our orphanages, are distributed to families in need, and also provide an opportunity to sell any surplus to defray local operating costs.  

We feel that the best long-term solution to solving this hunger crisis is through education, skills training, and providing opportunities for families to become self-sufficient.  ICF supports countless programs providing goats, chickens, gardening, bee keeping, and micro-commerce to families throughout sub-Sahara Africa, allowing them to lift themselves out of poverty and starvation. 

A child in Uganda receives deworming medication.
A child in Uganda receives deworming medication.

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Update on Girls College

One of our largest projects is the construction of a Girls college in Monrovia, Liberia which will provide free or subsidized education and training for young women in programs ranging from nursing to computer science to business administration. We are pleased to report that the construction of the Girls College in Monrovia continues to progress ahead of schedule. The exterior of the first floor is largely complete, and the second floor is in process. 

Together We Make A World of Difference

Regular giving helps us support struggling mothers and their children along with countless other programs promoting sustainable improvements in the lives of desperately poor children and their families. We call these donors Hope Ambassadors because they help ICF to provide hope to those who truly face life and death needs in Africa and India.

Every gift, no matter how large or small, is an answer to our prayers and an investment in the life of a child. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued prayers and financial support.  

Thank you and God Bless, Dr. David Bruenning Founder/Int’l Director

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