This project is designed specifically to address the chronic problem of malnourishment facing a great segment of the population in underserved regions throughout the world. Urgent care and immediate attention are given to underprivileged youth, pre-school aged children, pregnant women who may be breast feeding their new-born and, when called for, victims of natural catastrophes, such as hurricanes, earthquake and floods.
The lack access to healthcare is taking its toll on the lives of young people everywhere. Thousands and thousands of these children and mothers suffer from malnutrition and many of these infants do not survive past the age of two. Making the situation worse, poorer regions of the world also face crises upon crises that they are unable to handle. From political unrest, mass exodus, social instability, to drought and natural disaster, the social and economical pounding has been unrelenting. In addition to natural disasters, deforestation has impacted the environment, and made it even more difficult for the countries such as Haiti to feed its children. Sudden floods or erosions make the environment very unpredictable. Many can clearly remember how a simple category 2 hurricane Jeanne devastated the city of Gonaives, Haiti, which claimed the lives of more than 3000 people in 2004. Earthquakes in Chile, where lives upwards of 700 have been lost and Haiti in which the death toll stands over 200,000 are the most recent examples. While these gripping and spiraling events cannot be stopped or even immediately stabilized, many innocent young lives are caught in the middle and now turning hopeful eyes to the good will organizations to help meet their basic needs, especially food.
In the past twenty years, the socio-economic realities in a country like Haiti have been more acute than as described. As reported, some inhabitants have resorted to baking their food out of clay dirt. The price of rice and beans, basic food staples, has gone through the roof and have gone up 80% in the past 20 years, outpacing inflation and average incomes. Wages have gone stagnant; energy costs are constantly on the rise, and eating is soon becoming a luxury. The crisis has reached every sector of the population. While some say it cannot get any worse, experts predict an impending human catastrophe of proportions never before seen. The recent rampage on April 11, 2008, which can be read as a worsening of a symptom, is only a prelude of things to come if the world community does not act fast. Many influential members of the United States Congress have strongly requested more involvement of the current administration to provide more in aid and support. While this crisis is increasingly growing out of proportions, the private sectors and international entities have an opportunity to intervene and effectuate a dramatic impact in turning the situation around.
In one the most recent studies by the IDH (Indices de Development) the situation is so critical that the United Nation classified Haiti in 2006, 154th out of 177th nations in this hemisphere. Despites all UFoDev-GC’s efforts, poverty remains constant in Haiti. With an average income of $150 a year, 80% of the entire population lives in abject poverty. While 6% of the population controls 90% of the country’s wealth, the remaining 94% is left to share the 10% of the country’s wealth. 50% are unemployed, and even among those who are employed, 54% earn less than $2.00 a day. One of the most recent reports observed that Haiti “is a poor country with pockets of extreme poverty”. Other studies, for instance “L’ENFANT EN PERIL” (“The Endangered Child”), reveal that at least 62% of children from six to 59 months of age suffer from some kind of anemia and most of those children do not reach the age of five years old. Per 100,000 born, 630 mothers die in childbirth annually. These figures only show the state of shamble while the outside world keeps away. They reinforce the urgent need of these children.
Natural disasters, disease, political instability, poverty, and violence continue to plague various regions around the world. While the recent earthquakes in Chile did not claim as many lives as the one in Haiti, it has devestated the lives of many. African nations have seen hundreds of thousands of lives lost to disease and famine while turmoil amongst leadership further exacerbates the situation. Southeast Asia is also no stranger to natural disasters while South America is known for its heavy drug trade, consequently destroying the lives of everyone within its reach.
Unity Force Development for God’s Children sees no boundaries in its effort to improve the world for any child that inhabits it.