Inflation is a huge global issue and countries we serve in are facing enormous struggles. The cost of basic goods has skyrocketed and continues to rise. In 2020, the average monthly food cost per child was $3.61, with our 2022 estimate at $7.86, resulting in our total cost of food spent per year increasing by 118%. The impact this has been having on the children in our care, their families, and our staff is very concerning.
“I met Anastazia in the summer of 2017 while on the Ride for Hope in Mwanza, Tanzania. When I picked her up to put her on my shoulders, I was shocked. I could feel all of her ribs and bones, she seemed so fragile and I thought she was probably only 3-4 years old.
Nine months later, I was back in Mwanza was able to see Anastazia again. I was STUNNED at the difference. She was huge! I couldn’t even pick her up to put her on my shoulders anymore. I came out to find out she was actually 7, almost 8, years old. When I had met her, she had just been brought to the CarePoint Center. It was a stark reminder how much of a difference a few meals a week makes in the development of a child. The difference between 3 years old and 7 years old.” -Mission Trip Participant