Food For The Poor Canada Thanks Canadians For Changing And Saving Lives In 2021
In 2021, Canadians came alongside Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC) and their partners in Canada and on the ground, delivering humanitarian aid and building sustainable communities across the Caribbean and Latin America; work was done in the areas of food security, housing, education, health, emergency response, and income-generating projects.
Food For The Poor Canada’s Executive Director Samantha Mahfood thanked the team that made this possible: “All this great work is a direct result of 636 Canadians who gave generously, 5 staff who worked passionately, and a board of 10 that led with clarity. We get to do this incredible work because our partners in Canada and in the Caribbean and Latin America are fierce and have a heart for the lives they impact. We are more than grateful.”
FFPC provided vulnerable families with 2.6 million meals this year. Some of the food security response directly supported Haitians following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti. In partnership with Ontario Christian Gleaners, FFPC sent Haiti meals of dried vegetable soup mix, barley, yams, and almonds; one shipment of 800,000 meals arrived days after the earthquake. In the Bahamas, FFPC supported a lunch program for 90 students, many of whom were displaced after Hurricane Dorian. In Jamaica, FFPC donors supported school lunch programs, as well as supplying prisons, hospitals, and orphanages with food.
In emergency response, following the eruption of La Soufrière, FFPC supported relief efforts and clean-up.
In Derac, Haiti, 30 families have new homes this year. This sustainable community development will have a community centre, school, health clinic, 120 homes, a community garden, and more built over the next few years.
In 2021, FFPC constructed two schools – a vocational training school in San Antonio, Honduras and an Early Childhood School in Jamaica. Centro Basico Vocacional allows children to extend their education beyond Grade 6 up to Grade 9, and learn employable skills in agriculture; the Goodwill Early Childhood Learning Center in Jamaica, built in collaboration with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, gives 3 to 6 year-olds a strong educational start.
In Baramita, Guyana, Canadians built and stocked a library inside the recently built Community Centre. In San Antonio, Honduras, women received empowerment training and will receive support for a community business to be set up; local farmers received materials and technical assistance to produce honey and grow coffee. Through comprehensive agricultural training, farmers can now generate income and become self-sustainable.
In Jamaica, FFPC supported the country’s largest orphanage, Maxfield Park Children’s Home, with updated kitchen and laundry appliances, made possible by a generous donation directed by the Sean Paul Foundation.
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