It’s always amazing to hear about the nearly 150,000 children we regularly feed and care for in our Children’s Feeding Initiative (CFI). However, I can’t forget about the 170,172 children who are on our waiting list in places like the Philippines and El Salvador.
The children on Convoy’s waiting list don’t have time to wait — for many of them, waiting too long could be the difference between life and death. When a child is malnourished, it places her on a track of not having what her body needs to grow and be healthy. Instead of celebrating growth milestones, many mothers with malnourished children live with the constant fear that their child will get sick and die.
Hunger robs children of their unique talents and potential — that’s why we’re so passionate about seeing the children on our waiting list enrolled in CFI.
On a recent trip to El Salvador, I saw some of the kids on the waiting list. They looked hungry as they gazed through the fence and kicked a soccer ball around, while the children inside our program center were fed. It broke my heart.
I was reminded that day how important the meals are to the 150,000 children enrolled in CFI, but also how imperative it is that we reduce the number of kids on our waiting list to zero.