The catastrophic 7.0 quake on Jan. 12, 2010 claimed the lives of 200,000 Haitians and destroyed the little infrastructure the country had. According to the UN, more than 500,000 Haitians are still displaced and dependent on foreign aid, many still living in the shanty tent villages set up after the earthquake.
FMSC has sent a total of 120 million meals to 200 aid groups in Haiti since the quake. Many of these meals have been received by Love A Child, a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization based in Haiti and a long-time FMSC partner. Founded and operated by American couple Bobby and Sherry Burnette, Love A Child staff members operate 14 schools, numerous remote clinics and community-based food distribution programs – all of which are fueled by FMSC MannaPack meals.
Partially due to food donations received from FMSC, Love A Child can focus on large development projects in Haiti. One of these projects is “Miracle Village”, a secure 500-house community for earthquake survivors. In a recent blog post, Sherry Burnette noted the impact of giving Haitians a hand up through offering them nutritious FMSC meals and paying them a fair wage for construction projects. Investing in one Haitian creates a positive ripple effect throughout the nation, she said.
“Each time we hire one Haitian, we can feed ten people,” said Burnette.
Small progress is made through missions such as Love A Child, yet development work in Haiti is far from over. FMSC continues to provide food to 200 embedded partners who are committed to long-term investment in Haiti. In addition to sending meals, FMSC also provides income for Haitians affected by the earthquake through selling their handicrafts in the FMSC MarketPlace.
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a Christian hunger relief charity that distributes nutritionally complete meals in nearly 70 countries. The meals – just 24-cents each – are funded by donors and packed by volunteers. FMSC has maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years.