Juna is a smiling, 11-year-old girl who enjoys helping her mother at home. She lives with her parents and two sisters in Pueblecito, an indigenous community in Colombia.
Her father worked as a motorcycle driver providing transportation services. Despite his long hours, his earnings were insufficient to provide food for his family, and they faced many needs.
Juna and her sister often had to go to school without eating.
With the Global Food Crisis, Scarcity Grows
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, parents like Juna’s in the community were suddenly unemployed. Many worked informal jobs that relied on freedom of movement. The pandemic and related restrictions only escalated the challenges for families like Juna’s.
In addition to the pandemic, the collision of war, inflation and extreme weather has created the largest food crisis in history — a global food crisis. Food, fuel and fertilizer costs have all risen, making it harder and harder for hungry families to put food on the table.
Right now, projections indicate that nearly 670 million people — 8 percent of the world population — will still be facing hunger in 2030.
A Compassion Center Intervenes
Watching this crisis unfold, Compassion center director Arnaldo, from the Manantial de Vida child development center, knew an intervention was needed. He and center staff members wanted to not just provide food for the families but also create a sustainable path forward for them to generate their own income.
Because of donations from generous supporters, the center provided more than 50 families with chickens, seeds and, in some cases, pigs to start their farms.
“It is good to teach the families to generate income because this knowledge endures and allows them to improve their quality of life,” says Arnaldo.
Juna and her family were grateful to take part in the program. They received 30 chickens, some vegetable seeds and help installing an irrigation system. They hoped for a big crop!
Juna’s mother, Katerine, attended training at the center for six months to learn how to care for chickens, pigs and crops. Through hard work and perseverance, she received certification and can now care for the family’s farm. For a year after, the center continued to provide extra support and guidance by helping Katerine and the other participants manage their businesses, sell products and buy new seeds and chickens.