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Hunger steals dreams

Teresa and her husband used to argue and bicker all the time. Their life was hard and they felt like they had no control over it.

Their land only grew them a tiny amount of food. To make ends meet they had to take casual labour. It left them exhausted and frustrated. There was no way forward…

Then Teresa heard about the Foundations for Farming course run in her local church. They showed her how to get nearly ten times as much food from their plot of land – more than enough for their needs. They had surplus food to sell. And they started planning for the future.

Teresa and her husband then got trained up in their church on how to start their own business. After doing some research, they decided that what their village needed... was tea and scones.

Now Teresa’s tearoom is doing a roaring trade. Her scones are the talk of the village. Teresa and her husband don’t bicker so much anymore; they’ve taken back control of their lives.

Hunger steals dignity

Patience Maoko lived in the middle of her village. But she couldn’t have felt more alone.

Her husband had died. She was picking wild fruit to feed her children – competing with the baboons. All her dignity was gone.

One day, Patience was paid a visit by members of her local Methodist church. When she told them her story they contacted local charity ZOE.

A team from ZOE visited Patience. They helped her and her family climb out of their poverty, with training and much needed gifts of clothes, food and cattle.

Patience no longer feels alone. Her children have the strength to go back to school.

And Patience has somewhere she really belongs – the local church who first paid her a visit.

Hunger steals dreams

Talia and her husband used to argue and bicker all the time. Their life was hard and they felt like they had no control over it.

Their land only produced a tiny amount of food. To make ends meet they had to take casual labour. It left them exhausted and frustrated.

Then Talia heard about the Foundations for Farming course run in her local church. It showed her how to get nearly 10 times as much food from their plot of land. They had surplus food to sell. And they started planning for the future.

Talia and her husband learned how to start their own business. They decided that what their village needed... was tea and scones.

Now Talia’s tearoom is doing a roaring trade. Her scones are the talk of the village. Talia and her husband don’t bicker so much anymore; they’ve taken back control of their lives.

Hunger steals innocence

A few years ago, if you had a mango tree in Chagunda village, Malawi, you would guard it carefully. Mangoes weren’t for sharing!

The climate had changed and people’s crops were failing. Everyone held onto the little food they could grow.

But then the village was thrown a lifeline. Tearfund’s partners in the region, AG Care, trained them in some amazing farming techniques. It showed them how to grow nearly 10 times as much food from their land.

Now the people of Chagunda have got more than enough food. They can sell their spare food and pay for precious things like education.

As for the mangoes… now the local children are free to climb the trees and help themselves whenever they want.

The Church together

Hunger is a thief. It robs people of their freedom, ruins their self-esteem and wrecks their dreams.

But there’s one thing that hunger didn’t count on: the church. Together, we can push back against poverty and hunger.

All around the world, local churches are leading their communities out of lives devastated by hunger and into lives filled with dignity, opportunity and strength.

We want you to join us as together we empower local churches to release more people from hunger. You can help us provide training in innovative, sustainable farming techniques that could enable families to secure a hunger-free future – even in a challenging climate.

Whatever hunger has taken, the church can restore. Because however strong hunger is, the church is stronger. And when people are freed from hunger, they can step into a life in which they don’t just survive, but thrive.

We are one body; one church. Together, we can share the gift of life and help people take back what hunger has stolen.

Will you invest in life?

All over the world there are men and women like Talia – ready to seize the initiative and turn their lives around.

All over the world there are men and women like Patience, stripped of all hope and dignity by hunger. You could help to rewrite the future for one more person like her.

All over the world there are villages just like Chagunda – struggling to survive and closely guarding the little food they do have.

795 million people around the world have had their hope stolen by hunger.

£5 a month over a year could provide 6 FAMILIES with farming training - to grow enough food and secure a stable living.

£10 a month over a year could provide 12 FAMILIES with farming training - to grow enough food and secure a stable living.

£20 a month over a year could provide 24 FAMILIES with farming training - to grow enough food and secure a stable living.

£33 a month over a year could provide A VILLAGE with farming training - to grow enough food and secure a stable living.

£66 a month over a year could provide 2 VILLAGES with farming training - to grow enough food and secure a stable living.

You could open the door of opportunity for another woman like Talia, through the local church.

You could open the door of opportunity and belonging for another Patience.

You could free them up to live lives of security and plenty.

You could free them up to live lives of security and plenty.

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