AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Five million Colombians affected by the deadliest and longest-lived virus: hunger

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 hunger   poverty   solidarity  

Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - With the slogan "NAVIDAR, a time to nourish hope", the Food Bank hopes that more than 25,000 low-income families by Christmas will benefit from the initiative, for this reason it invites everyone to fight poverty together and therefore to ensure that food in Colombia is a right and not a privilege. In a statement sent to Fides, the Food Bank observes: "During the Christmas holidays, generosity can make a difference. This is why with the help of everyone we want to achieve our goal and provide 50,000 markets for those who need it most. In Colombia, more than five million people have no food, suffer from malnutrition and suffer from chronic diseases caused by the deadliest and longest-lived virus that exists: hunger".
Throughout the year 2021, the Food Bank worked day after day to make the fight against hunger visible. "We reach corners that do not appear in the geography of our minds and draw a smile on the faces of those who have lived in the midst of anguish, extreme poverty and malnutrition. With the support of hundreds and thousands of friends, entrepreneurs and all those who bet on a better society, this year we have delivered more than 17 million kg of products".
For his part, Father Daniel Saldarriga Molina, executive director, invites us to donate: "We all have a lot to give, even those who apparently have nothing to give, and although their wishes are the only thing they have for us this Christmas, their humility makes us reflect on how lucky we are and how much we can give to others". "Colombia has a very complex situation of poverty, there is a huge number of people, millions, who eat once a day, many of them have lost their jobs, others are in conditions of extreme vulnerability", underlined the Director of the National Secretariat for Social Pastoral Care - Caritas Colombia, Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao Gaviria, describing the situation in the country on the occasion of the recent World Day of the Poor (see Fides, 13/11/2021). "We cannot ignore this situation, because indifference would be even worse", reiterated Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao Gaviria. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 22/12/2021)