SMK RELIEF PROJECT
SMK Relief Drive
Often times, the only thing that stands between survival and the individuals we serve are relief supplies provided by so many supporters across the United States. The SMK Relief Drive is an annual project that helps to provide one year of food to Christ’s Children Home Orphanage and also provide relief to Liberians who are critically in need. During the summer of 2015, the SMK Relief Project was launched in cities across the United States to respond to the Ebola Crisis in Liberia. As a result of the SMK Relief Drive, more than 70,000 people were impacted with over 150,000 lbs of food collected. The SMK Relieve Drive provide an opportunity for the SMK Team to build quality community relations and stay directly involved with everyday issues and problems people are facing. The annual relief drive cannot be successful without your support and partnership.
MAJOR FOOD SHORTAGE
When the Ebola Crisis struck West Africa, many people died from hunger due to the lack of access to food.
The SMK Relief Project impacted over 70,000 people in just one month.
The Ebola epidemic has affected women disproportionately because of the essential role they play as caretakers, health personnel, farmers and small traders.
According to SMK survey, 95% of people most critically in need during the SMK Relief distribution are women and children.
Malnutrition in children remains a problem in Liberia. This is exacerbated by the current high food prices as the country is heavily import dependent and has a high incidence of poverty. The World Bank estimates that the poverty rate in Liberia will be significantly affected by the price of rice, the staple food.
Most women make less than $1.00 a day, not enough money to even buy food for the day
Most women and their children can only afford to eat once every 2 days
Most children have to stay home sometimes for 2-3 days as their mother go far away to find food
With the breakdown of infrastructure and social norms due to the Civil war, Liberia experienced a dramatic increase in sexualized violence.
Acute malnutrition is due not only to poverty and inadequate health and sanitation services but also to factors such as high teenage pregnancy and the war’s damage to the social fabric.
Most women lost their husbands during the Civil War and recently during the Ebola Crisis. Today the only way they can survive is by doing hard labor jobs for very little pay and sometimes no pay.
More than 800,000 women will give birth during the next 12 months in all three countries. But with the severe shortage of health facilities and professionals, compounded by the fear of getting infected in a clinic, many could die without proper care.