Thirteen radio hosts from across the nation joined NRB member Food For The Poor to fundraise in Guatemala for the 2012 “Day of Hope.” Guatemala is one of the poorest countries receiving aid from Food For The Poor, where many starving children receive their protein from dead animals found after floods and their daily meal from the garbage dump.
“Families are dying daily,” said Doug Bursch, Radio Host on KGNW 820 AM in Seattle, WA. “They are dying physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Poverty steals their dreams, stunts their growth, destroys their youth, and takes away their children.”
The radio hosts came face-to-face with poverty and the realities of life in the third world county where people do not have sufficient resources. “They have been entrusted with this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the women and children they’ve met in Guatemala,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “They will be able to do this by sharing their own personal experiences with their loyal listeners here in the United States.”
One such personal experience is from Dawn O’Brien, Radio Host on The Fish 95.5 in Honolulu, HI. In this video, O’Brien introduces us to a single mother of 10 whose husband abandoned them, leaving the children to rummage the dumps for food. “I thought I knew what poverty was like because I‘ve been there as a child, but you forget so fast,” said O’Brien. “I think this short mission trip was absolutely worth it, just for us to remember that this is how many in the world live.”
The group visited several of Food For The Poor’s projects, such as the Xela community of 75 homes that are all funded by the organization’s donors. Click here for a photo gallery of projects in the Xela community.
Food For The Poor is the largest international relief and development organization in the U.S., with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. This interdenominational Christian ministry feeds two million poor every day in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America and provides emergency relief, clean water, educational materials, housing, health care, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance.
For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
PHOTOS ABOVE: (1) Xela Community Development Center; (2) House located in Xela community; (3) Talapia pond, one of the several projects undertaken by Food For The Poor. Photographs courtesy of Food For The Poor.