All around the globe, hunger and malnutrition claim lives while crippling the advancement of individual communities. The United Nations reports that childhood hunger is responsible for the deaths of 6.5 million children under the age of five each year. With over 68 million refugees and displaced people in the world today, half of those are children under 18 plagued by malnutrition.The conflicts in countries like Syria, Myanmar, Ukraine, Yemen, and many others have led to the record breaking high of 68.5 million people displaced. Of the 68.5 million people, 25.4 million are refugees with most of the population are women and children. Although the refugee numbers are increasing, the UNHCR has only been able to help settle 102,800 refugees in 2017. In 2017, 10 countries hosted 85% of the world’s refugees and Turkey topped the list hosting 3.4 million people.
On Sunday April 28th, Calvary, in conjunction with other community members, churches, and organizations, will be partnering with GAiN (Global Aid Network) to pack 150,000 meals and 22,500 seed envelopes for Middle Eastern refugees.