Hello, mi neighbour!
Hunger is a sickness which no other medicine but food can cure.
If no food gets into the body for an extended period, it will deteriorate and eventually die. By the time you get to the end of this article, hundreds of lives would have ended due to hunger and its related causes.
They had no access to food - no money to purchase it with, and no offer of help made to them. Children top the list of those who die annually from starvation. Isn't this a sad reality, especially when viewed against the other reality of tonnes of food being dumped on a daily basis, even in poor countries?
It's even sadder that Jamaicans are also in the mix - guilty of dumping food while many go hungry. Oh sin! In a little country as ours, no one should go without food for more than 12 hours, except in cases of fasting, etc., (how is Yvonne Coke doing?). And yet, to my understanding, many persons do not eat for days.
How can this be when there is so much ground provision, fruits and vegetables, etc.? That is my question. The stark reality is, though, some eat plenty while plenty eat sometimes - and sometimes not at all ... .
Dying of starvation
A Clarendon neighbour sent a text two weeks ago asking for food for her sister, who was dying of starvation. This sister was the mother of three and neither herself nor her boyfriend had a job. Neighbours around could not assist. Ouch!
Touched by this situation, I contacted a member of our response team (Sister Rushton) from that parish. After verifying the truth of the case, she gathered what she could and donated it to the worthy cause.
Through networking, other persons are now coming on board to provide nutritional assistance for this neighbour. A life has been spared and hope has been renewed. The neighbour has begun to live again and may one day rescue someone from starvation. Now, you may smile, but not too broadly.
Relief organisations such as Food For The Poor, Action Against Hunger, Catholic Relief Services, Doctors Without Borders, Emergency Nutrition Network, Food For The Hungry International, Hunger Plus, Inc, and Good Samaritan Inn have been working untiringly at stamping out starvation, but without our input many will continue to die of this 'disease'.
This might mean taking a page from Clarke's book. Understanding the damaging effect that hunger has on a human body, after reading about a neighbour who needed food, out of his little cupboard, he donated three tins of mackerel, two tins of sardines, a sachet of milk and two pounds of rice to the cause.
Hunger is brutal! Before you eat that third dumpling, just remember someone who would be happy to receive even a half. I don't mind spoiling your appetite as long as it inspires you to help stop hunger. Hunger kills!
And here is something you should not miss: For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for five years.
Thanks for helping
1. Carolyn, St Thomas, for offering to assist neighbour in Clarendon with clothing for two-year-old son.
2. Mrs Powell, Clarendon, for connecting with Antoinette who needs clothing for church.
3. Levine, Kingston, for offering to assist Yanique, with X large clothing for church.
4. Blossom, St Andrew, for offering clothing to neighbours.
5. Grace, St Catherine, for offering a sewing machine to a neighbour in St Andrew.
Opportunities to help
Neighbour, mother of girls, ages seven and nine, need help with food and clothing.
Neighbour, in desperate need of a wheelchair.
Cynthia, St Andrew, needs a used or new sewing machine ‹ unemployed ‹ unable to find a job.
Neighbour, unemployed uncle needs a double bed mattress.
Neighbour, St Andrew, needs a second-hand stove.
Neighbour, sister is a mental patient and unable to work - children are in need of food.
To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.