Yesterday, I received word from Asia that conditions on the ground are worsening. Food rations have been cut down to 150 grams of rice per person per day.
150 grams of rice is only 202 calories, which is comparative to a latte from Starbucks. However, 202 calories of rice is only 10% of what an adult body needs to maintain body weight, and as you can see from the chart to the right, has almost no nutritional value.
My friend has witnessed people eating bark and grass to survive, and he hears reports of cannibalism. Most of us cannot begin to imagine hunger like they are facing now.
The good news is that my friends are preparing shipments of vitameal to send as emergency food relief to orphanages and hospitals.
I know money is tight for so many of us right now, but for the sake of starving people, would you join me in skipping a few meals each week and donating the money you save toward meals for them?
We really can make a difference. Give of our excess, if we have it, or skip a meal to send food to the hungry. This is the fast that the Lord desires.
For more information, contact me.
UPDATE: September 12, 2011
This video footage was released today – showing the ill-effects of hunger on the ground. Aid programs are underfunded, much of this year’s rice crop has failed, and many lives are at risk – with the population already weakened by chronic malnutrition and orphan children especially vulnerable. Who will feed them? Will you?
UPDATE: October 12, 2011
UPDATE: October 25, 2011
A dire report from an international observer was just released yesterday, stating that the nation cannot feed its people for the “foreseeable future,” reporting shocking malnutrition statistics, and reiterating what we have already heard in recent months about rations being dramatically decreased. Will you give something to feed the hungry?
UPDATE: April 12, 2012
Today, CNN released this story about the ongoing hunger crisis. The most shocking piece of this article for me was that the children had last eaten a protein food in January.
My friends and I continue to raise funds to ship in nutritional support for more than 3,000 orphans in this nation. The orphanages we partner with report how, with this support, the undernourished and malnourished children have become more alert, have more energy, and are beginning to gain weight. Lives are being saved and bodies restored to health through this support, which provides the nutrients that their meager diets cannot supply.
My friends delivered a 6-month shipment of aid this month, and now comes the push for finances for the next shipment. You can be part of the solution for the most vulnerable children in this nation.
UPDATE: May 28, 2012
Another round of stories coming out in the international news this week about the severe drought, looking as if it will be the most severe in 50 years. One aid group is warning that more than 2 million children will go hungry as a result of this drought.
Your donation will contribute to nutritional supplements for some of the most vulnerable orphaned children in this nation.
UPDATE: June 30, 2012
The drought persisted through the end of June, making this the worst drought the region has seen in over 100 years, until a monsoon rainfall came to break the long dry spell yesterday. This rain is welcome, but may have come too late to save the severely drought affected 30,000 hectares of farmland, endangering the wheat, barley, and potato crops.
According to an article published today, already 1,600 hectares of rice and other crops have been parched.
This is a protracted hunger crisis which is only being intensified by the drought over the past months. “According to the United Nations, nearly two-thirds of the 24 million people in the country are facing chronic food shortages.” You can help provide food security for the smallest and most vulnerable by donating below.
LATEST UPDATE: September 11, 2012
An update on the situation on the ground in the wake of typhoons Tembin and Bolaven, released yesterday by the World Food Programme.
The two recent typhoons killed 223 people, left 230,000 homeless, 700,000 without medical care, and put 1,190 square kilometers of farm land temporarily out of production. 
We can show solidarity with these people by providing nutritional assistance to children suffering malnutrition and the effects of extreme weather conditions and crop damage.