The pandemic we have been navigating has had a huge impact in first-world countries like the United States, but it is having an even greater impact in developing countries, many of which AMG International has served and ministered in for decades. A Washington Post article titled “Hunger could be more deadly than coronavirus in poorer countries,” states the obvious that as hundreds of millions of people lose their jobs, the risk of hunger grows. We have seen this reality throughout many of the countries we serve, as people trapped in the grip of poverty often live hand-to-mouth, meaning if they don’t work a day, they don’t eat that day and neither do their families.
In poorer countries people can spend up to 70 percent of their wages on food. These families typically don’t have savings to fall back on. Thus, they become reliant on organizations like AMG to help get them through really challenging situations like the one we are now facing. According to the Washington Post article, “The loss of income for people already living perilously close to the margins of survival will propel up to 50 million people into abject poverty this year.” The World Food Program estimates that up to 265 million people are at risk of starvation.
COVID-19 has been economically devastating to so many families throughout the world. Many of the people served through AMG International are daily wage earners who do not have extra resources to draw upon in challenging times such as this. So, if they can’t work a particular day due to shutdowns, they cannot provide food for their families that day. As you can imagine, the extended length of the closures has put many families at the brink of starvation.
There are an estimated 10,000 children dying each month from hunger because their families are no longer able to provide for them. Your gift of $10 will help feed a family while providing them with not only physical nourishment but encouragement knowing others around the world care about them and are praying for them.