Country: Haiti

Every Day is Earth Day When you Work in Agriculture

Today, the world gathers around to celebrate the earth and all it has to offer. As a scientist, I appreciate a day of focus on the earth because the earth is awesome!

Take a sip of water and think about how that water has been part of the hydrological cycle since the beginning of creation. It’s traveled the globe in clouds over the oceans, condensed at the foot of mountains, and dropped onto the soil — the ultimate water filter — so we can drink it. We can breathe in oxygen produced in abundance by photosynthesis in the green of plants. We should celebrate Earth Day as a reminder of the wonder of the design of creation and not take it for granted.     

However, if you work in agriculture, every day is Earth Day. Farmers can understand what Henry Wallace said as the Secretary of Agriculture in 1938: “The social lesson of soil waste is that no man has the right to destroy soil even if he does own it in fee simple.”   

Farmers and their families who work the land to provide food for the world understand soil’s importance.

Many will plant trees, march in parades, or protest policy makers, but we simply salute those who celebrate Earth Day every day:

  • The leaders and kids in Rayville, Louisiana, who came last week to learn about the basics of soil health and seed planting.
  • The North Dakota soybean farmer who leads his commercial agriculture processes with sustainability to ensure there is a balance between people, profit and planet.
  • The organic dairy farmer in Minnesota who balanced his nutrients on and off the farm before anyone knew what “organic” even meant.
  • The women in Tanzania who are learning to compost so they can keep the soil productive for generations to come, and not just seasons.

We celebrate you! Keep up the good work and thanks for enabling us to feed the world.  

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Agriculture

World Health Day

Today, we celebrate World Health Day.

At Convoy of Hope, we help children and families become healthier around the world. Our work starts with a meal, but includes providing children with clean water, deworming pills, and hygiene lessons to work with new moms on how to best feed and take care of their children.  

We believe you can’t improve a child’s health without improving his or her nutritional status, and that’s why our driving passion to feed the world is synonymous with one to improve overall health. Since malnutrition is an underlying cause of 45% of all child deaths, the meals we distribute help reduce childhood mortality in some of the world’s poorest countries.

While the meal is critical, we also know that if a child is sick, they will not be able to absorb all of the nutrients — creating a negative cycle that’s hard to break. For example, a child can’t stay well-nourished if they’re drinking dirty water that causes diarrhea. That’s why our field staff work hard to make sure there is clean water for the children to drink. We’ve also started distributing deworming pills to children in areas where intestinal parasites are prevalent. These low-cost pills increase a child’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients.

Today reminds of the six months I spent in Haiti where I was confronted with the effects of poor health on a daily basis. One of my tasks was to work with the local health director to ramp up nutrition and hygiene lessons in the schools. This required many hours in the office crafting schedules and developing lesson plans, but I am honored to be part of creating a healthier and happier world for nearly 150,000 children. We invite you to celebrate along with us. Happy World Health Day!

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