HOTLINE - week of October 11, 2010
Flood survivors in Pakistan continue to receive emergency aid from CWS; October 16 is World Food Day; your participation in CROP Hunger Walks helps families and communities improve their food security.
Anwer Saeed, 23, works in an electronics store to support his mother, Pashima, and two younger brothers. His father died more than ten years ago. The 2005 earthquake brought down the family’s home, which they were eventually able to rebuild. This year, devastating floods at the end of July washed away much of their rebuilt house--the boundary walls, two bedrooms and the kitchen.
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In West Timor, farmers are learning about homestead food production and the use of more of the food resources around them, such as native vegetables. After struggling with poor harvests and malnourished children, now these farmers are successfully planting crops that provide better nutrition for their families. And, CWS is working to alleviate severe malnutrition in children under five by providing multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
In Serbia, some 1,500 people--elderly, displaced, disabled, unemployed, ethnic Roma, children and women--in Smederevo Municipality are getting meals at area soup kitchens or receiving meals delivered to them with assistance from CWS. CWS is helping participants raise food--including chickens, pigs and vegetables--for meals for low-income people.
In Tanzania, sweet potato farmers in eight villages in the Temeke and Gairo regions have organized and are learning better ways to grow, store, process and market their crops, with the help of CWS and partner Trust for Rural Food and Development. Sweet potatoes are a major staple food in the region. Some 23,000 people are benefitting from the project.
In Nicaragua, 200 families--932 people--in 10 communities in the municipalities of La Conquista and Santa Teresa, Carazo department, are taking part in a food security and nutrition project through a program of CWS and local partner CIEETS, with support from the Foods Resource Bank. In addition to training, the families have received bean and corn seeds, along with other plant material and fruit trees--oranges, mandarin oranges, mangoes, passion fruit, coconut, bananas, plantains and cassava--to establish and diversify their gardens and crops.