Over 142,000 people in ten countries will benefit; includes emergency responses in South Sudan and northern Nigeria
Over 142,000 people in ten countries will benefit from fourteen projects totaling $3.7 committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in November.
The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO), Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Presbyterian World Service & Development and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.
Tuesday, December 5 is World Soil Day, a day set aside by the United Nations http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/about-world-soil-day/en/; to acknowledge the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. This World Soil Day, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is reflecting on the importance of continued attention to soil health as a means of ensuring global food security.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank board chairperson Ken Kim, who is also Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation for Foodgrains Bank member World Renew, recently returned from Bangladesh. While there, he visited a Foodgrains Bank project providing emergency rations to Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong refugee camp, home to almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar.
What do you see when you look around you in Kutupalong refugee camp?
The Government of Canada will match donations from individual Canadians in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh through its new Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.
The announcement was made October 31 in Ottawa by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development.
“Bangladesh is now hosting the world’s biggest refugee camp where over 900, 000 Rohingya and other minorities are fleeing the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar,” she said. “Your donation will save lives and will allow them to be treated with dignity until they can return home.”
It’s not just Canadian volunteers whose hard work and determination help to end hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Men and women volunteering in their own communities around the world are another key part of the work of ending hunger. Their contributions often go unsung.
One of these volunteers is Modina Begum, who lives in the remote village of Dhakhinail, Bangladesh.
Poverty rates are high in Dhakhinail. About 60 percent of the people living there cannot read or write. Only about 43 percent have any access to latrine facilities.