Did you leave a glass of milk and cookies out for Santa this Christmas? Imagine if you had no milk?
By Denise Faguy, Farms.com
There are thousands of children in Haiti who do not have access to this basic nourishment. Canadian Food for Children (CFFC), BC, through its Haiti Milk project is trying to change that. The goal of the Haiti Milk project is simple, to ensure that children in Haiti receive nourishment.
The milk – all through donations from dairy farmers and dairy organizations – is converted to powered milk to facilitate shipping. They ship the milk powder every six months, to ensure the milk powder is not stale. The amount CFFC ship depends on the funds and donations it has received. Their goal is to ensure that 20,000 children receive at least one glass of milk each day – something the rest of us would take for granted.
Canadian Food for Children, BC Division (it is not connected with a similar group in Toronto) was started by retired dairy farmers Joseph and Loretta Krentz, who converted three dairy barns on their property in Langley, British Columbia to house the growing organization.
The charity works with other charities to ship food directly to ports around the World, where food is needed to feed the children. The organization currently ships to Africa, Caribbean (Haiti), Eastern Europe, Asia (Philippines), and Central America. It is an organization completely run by its volunteers – no paid staff -- its simple mission is to “help the suffering and starving children of the world by raising funds to purchase food for the hungry in developing or disaster stricken countries.”
The organization runs several different projects, including the Haiti Milk Project. The first shipment of milk to Haiti was received in August 2012 and distributed at an orphanage facility in Bon-Repos, Haiti. “The milk is not only nutritious for the children but it tastes good too and they love it, love it. [This is] the first time the children are getting a glass of milk every morning and already we [can] see the big difference it makes,” reported Pastor Bob Lefranc August 7, 2012, from Haiti, after the first shipment was received.Canadian Food for Children, BC is hoping its second shipment will arrive in Haiti shortly.
Donations to Canadian Food for Children, BC can be made in many ways: volunteer time, milk donations, corporate donations, and of course cash is greatly appreciated, either by cheque or online. For more information about Canadian Food for Children, BC, or to make a donation, visit http://canadianfoodforchildren.org.