So far this year, we have sent nearly half-a-million meals to Liberia. The most recent shipment was sent in July to provide even more help. The following letter from Andy Perkins, executive director of BESTWA, explains the great need and gratitude for the food they have received.
I want to express our deep appreciation to those providing this nourishment to our hungry people. We do not take their contribution lightly. So many of the people in our area of Liberia are desperate to eat. Since the influx of tens of thousands of Ivory Coast refugees the price of food has more than doubled and the marketplaces have little or no food. Those who were barely making it are now in desperate trouble. We are very careful in distribution. We cook and serve the food to ensure it goes to those in need. Even then we must hire armed security for protection from thieves and from riot. We have complete records of those receiving help. This food is making a real difference in the lives of thousands of people. For instance, most of the malnourished and starving children we feed daily live with either one parent or a relative. When we feed that child it helps the whole household since what little food they have can then go to the adults in the house. So even though we are only directly feeding a few thousand children, the whole household benefits multiplying the effect of each container many times over.
I am grateful to you and Feeding the Nations for their essential and timely help to meet this increased need. Thank you!