Five projects totaling $811,000 committed in August

Monday, September 18, 2017

Over 22,000 people in four countries will benefit; includes emergency nutrition response for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Over 22,000 people in four countries will benefit from five projects totaling $811,000 committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in August.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Emergency Relief and Development Overseas (ERDO), Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada and World Relief Canada, in collaboration with their local partners.

 One project, through ERDO, is responding to the needs of people fleeing violence in South Sudan across the border to Uganda. Uganda has now welcomed over one million such South Sudanese refugees. Most arrive undernourished, and in poor health.

Pregnant and nursing mothers are of special concern, as a lack of proper nutrition could have lasting effects on their babies.

Working through their partner the Pentecostal Assemblies of God—Uganda, ERDO is providing 2,500 pregnant and nursing women with specially fortified nutritional food to supplement the basic emergency rations they are receiving through other organizations. The project total is $142,000.

Through another project, Foodgrains Bank member World Relief Canada is working with indigenous communities in Jharkand State, India, who live and farm on marginal land, and regularly experience hunger. These communities often struggle to access government services like healthcare and quality education. 

Through the project, which is implemented locally by the Evangelical Fellowship of India, 150 farm families are being trained in increasing their rice production, and another 600 families are being trained in other sustainable farming techniques.

 The project is also supporting the formation of self-help groups, and assisting families in accessing the government services to which they are entitled. 

In total, about 3,000 people are benefitting from this project, which totals $117,000.

Other projects committed in August include:

  • An agriculture and livelihoods project in Nepal through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada, totaling $156,000 and benefitting 5,000 people.
  • A food assistance project in Kenya through Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, totaling $315,000 and benefitting 9,000 people.
  • An agriculture and livelihoods project in India through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, totaling $120,000 and benefitting 12,000 people.

Projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank are undertaken with support from the Government of Canada.

–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator