Hands to the World currently operates 12 feeding stations in some of the most destitute areas of the world. And each of these feeding stations serves an average of 50 to 55 malnourished children who are enrolled in our program for long-term care and assistance.
Hands to the World has made a remarkable difference in the lives of these children. The key to our success is a remarkable food product that can actually reverse the effects of malnutrition in children.
This food product, which is rice-based, is fortified with all the essential vitamins and minerals, as well as protein and other necessary ingredients for healthy growth. This “rice casserole” is prepared and packaged right here in the United States and then shipped to warehouses overseas, where we store it until it is needed at one of our onsite feeding stations. There it is cooked and served to those children who are enrolled in our program. Most of our feeding stations are located in village churches in underdeveloped countries.
Our “rice casserole” is easy to ship and easy to store. It has an extremely long shelf life, and it can be prepared quickly and effortlessly, limiting the costs associated with operating our onsite feeding stations. And the children who come to our feeding stations for these nutritious meals are examined during every visit. We carefully observe each boy and girl in an effort to track their weight, monitor their immune systems, and keep an eye on their overall health and development.
But we do more than simply feed these children. While they are at our feeding stations, we also supply them with school supplies and school uniforms (required for attending free government schools in their countries). We also equip the children and their families with basic hygienic products and instruction. And we reward the children annually with individual Christmas gifts.
Our future plans call for the construction of a retail and wholesale warehouse in LaCeiba, Honduras, similar to a Sam’s Club or Costco here in the United States. This warehouse will provide the citizens of Honduras with food products, rental equipment, and other needed items and will enable us to raise additional funds to maintain our Central American feeding stations and establish new ones.
We also are currently developing an aquaponics program that we intend to introduce in the near future in those villages we are serving throughout the world. Aquaponics is a technology that enables people to grow both fish and vegetables in a limited space and without soil. This amazing technology can be utilized to help impoverished families produce much of the protein and fiber they need for good nutrition and could even supply these families with additional food items to sell in the marketplace. And we plan to assist other families in creating their own micro-businesses so they can break the grip of poverty in their lives through spice production, pepper farming, sewing, chicken farming, and hog production.
We hope you will join us in our mission to fight hunger, to combat poverty, and to reverse the effects of these terrible maladies in the lives of children and their family members. Please consider partnering with us today by making a generous donation to our efforts abroad. The world will be a better place because of your generosity, and many children will have an opportunity to live healthy and productive lives.