New project to provide treatment for malnourished children of internally displaced people
To help meet the nutritional needs of internally displaced people in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is launching a two-year project in April 2017.
The project aims to provide treatment for approximately 3000 children under five who are experiencing malnutrition, provide support for 12,000 family members of malnourished children, and train health care professionals in the treatment of malnutrition.
CLWR will receive $1,057,722 in funding from Canadian Foodgrains Bank for the project, which will be implemented by Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Democratic Republic of Congo.
The River Plains Growing Project has been supporting CLWR through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for the past eight years. Photo provided by Glen Erlandson
A desire to support their global neighbours was the inspiration for Glen and Michele Erlandson to help start the River Plains Growing Project. For the past eight years, a group from Outlook, Saskatchewan has worked together to grow, tend and market a crop to raise funds to help end hunger around the world.
“The biggest inspiration is helping out your neighbour,” says Glen. “At the outset, [the inspiration] was this wealth we have in the ag sector in Canada and being able to share a part of that.”
Photo: Canadian Foodgrains Bank
We all know farming is important. Agriculture provides us with food to keep us healthy and productive, and contributes to our economic health as communities and as a country.
Support for agriculture in developing countries is also one of the best ways to alleviate hunger. In the developing world at least 70 per cent of people who regularly go to bed hungry live in rural areas. Many of these people are smallholder farmers, a majority of whom are women. Supporting smallholder farmers will enable them to improve their family’s health, nutrition and household income, reducing the need for measures such as food aid.
Improving smallholder agriculture paves the way for progress in other sectors, including health and education. It is vital for building strong populations and strong economies.
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From left: CLWR Executive Director and Canadian Foodgrains Bank Board Chair, Robert Granke; the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources; and CFGB supporter Will Bergmann. Photo: CLWR/E.Paulley
Canadian Lutheran World relief was pleased to support, in part, Rev. Daryl Solie’s trip with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to visit small holding farm programs in Kenya. While none of the programs were part of CLWR’s food security programming they were similar to the kinds of projects CLWR supports with CFGB and other partners in Ethiopia.
Jane Wanjiku harvests sweet potatoes. Photo: Canadian Foodgrains Bank/E.Cain
We all know there are times when a seemingly small thing can make a significant difference in our lives. For example, small changes like putting wheels on suitcases or a bit of adhesive on sticky notes have improved the way we tote luggage or keep track of our to-do lists. Also, small gestures of kindness and compassion, given at the right time, can serve to encourage us, help us deal with a difficult situation or, at the very least, brighten our day.
CLWR has joined with over 30 organizations to encourage Canada to make small-scale farming central to its development program. The Aid for Agriculture coalition recommends that Canada make a signature investment of $2.5 billion over five years to support sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for small-scale farmers, especially women.