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Drought in Angola: Urgency that demands a response

Drought in Angola: Urgency that demands a response

“In 18 years, I have never before experienced what we saw in Angola.” — FMSC CEO Mark Crea

By the time the doors open each morning at this malnutrition clinic in southern Angola, hundreds of children and parents are already in line. The clinic, run by FMSC food distribution partner ForAfrika (formerly JAM International), sees 500–700 starving children each day. And the waiting rooms stay full — all day long.

A girl in Angola getting a medical checkup

Catastrophic food insecurity

Angola’s hunger crisis is buried in the headlines. Though the country isn’t small — twice the size of Texas, if fact — you probably don’t hear about it often. But this southern African nation is quietly experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, resulting in catastrophic food insecurity.

FMSC CEO Mark Crea recently returned from Angola. He said, “In 18 years, I have never before experienced what we saw in Angola. There’s been a five-year drought. There have basically been little or no crops for five years. This has decimated the country.

Dead livestock.
Children too weak to cry.
Mothers starving and unable to produce enough milk to feed their babies.

It’s a harsh reality and the hunger is overwhelming. But hope is not lost.

Food at work

Every day, FMSC partners like ForAfrika distribute life-sustaining MannaPack® meals to children and families in the hardest-hit regions of Angola. Children like Sarah.*

A malnourished child in Angola holding a bag of MannaPack Rice

Sarah eats MannaPack meals at school. And when she leaves in the afternoon, the school gives her bags of FMSC food to take home to her family.

You can see the hope in Sarah’s eyes. You can even see the visible progression of health in her hair — dark and well-nourished at the root.

A mother holding her child in Angola

Urgency that demands a response

Since 2015, FMSC has sent 21.8 million meals to Angola. While hunger isn’t new, we’re currently seeing a new level of urgency that demands a response. To put it simply: Angola needs more meals — quickly.

This food is absolutely critical right now.

FMSC is stepping out in faith, believing that God will provide — and that these meals will be funded. Will you take that step with us and fund meals for kids like Sarah in Angola and around the world?

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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