A roll of pennies, soon to be considered of no monetary value in Canada, could make the difference between hunger and starvation in Somalia.
In that famine-ravaged country, a roll of pennies can feed a child for a day.
Emily Falk, founder of BRITE (Bringing Relief and Inspiration Through Education), a chapter of The Global Enrichment Foundation, is encouraging the public to support the foundation’s Hungry for Change Penny Drive to help feed the hungry in that war torn country.
The drive is a fun and easy way to help end the hunger for children in Somalia, she said. “It’s pretty amazing a roll of pennies can feed a child for a day.”
To make a donation, take rolled pennies to the bank, mail a cheque to the Global Enrichment Foundation or go online to Food For Hope. Donations may also be dropped off with Don Falk at Rimbey Co-op or at the Rimbey Library.
Funds raised from the penny drive will support Food for Hope, a school-based food aid program that supports more than 800 young students living in an internally displaced people’s camp outside the war-torn Somali capital of Mogadishu. Children attending the Waqaf-Dhiblawe School have survived war, famine and extreme poverty and due to food shortages, and often come to school hungry.
Through Food for Hope, the Global Enrichment Foundation, working in partnership with the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation and Hope for the Nations, will provide every student with one nutritious and supplement-packed meal per school day, helping each child build a better future for themselves and their families.
A student at the Waqaf-Dhiblawe School can be fed for three months with $50, five students can be fed for more than three months for $250 and $1,000 will feed more than five students for more than a year.