Mercy lives in a remote village in Kenya, the youngest of seven siblings. As the baby, she is doted on by everyone. Even when resources are tight, her parents and siblings all pitch in to make sure Mercy at least is getting enough to eat.
At 12 years old, Mercy works hard, trying every day to contribute to the family resources as much as her older siblings do. When she’s not in school, she spends most of her time looking after the goats, and fetching water for the family. But despite everyone’s hard work, sometimes there simply isn’t enough to go around. And with the global pandemic, it’s gotten even harder to make ends meet.
Jobs are harder to come by now, and with prices rising, the little income they do earn doesn’t buy as much as it used to. They started trying to make each meal stretch further, eating less and less each day. At one point, it got so bad that they were eating just one meal a day. And beyond the obvious physical toll of that malnutrition, the lack of food was devastating for Mercy emotionally as well.
When she was hungry herself, Mercy felt so helpless and hopeless. And when her siblings were skipping meals just so she could eat, Mercy felt so guilty.
So, when Mercy learned she was getting a food package through Childcare Worldwide, she was overjoyed!
Mercy attends our Life Center at her local church. During the pandemic, we’ve been unable to hold in-person meetings, but we’re still doing everything we can to take care of the kids. Right now, that includes meeting their most basic need: food!
When we arrived at the church with vans and trucks full of staple food items, Mercy could hardly believe it. The beans, rice, and other tasty treats would be enough to feed her entire family for weeks. She couldn’t wait to take all that food home and cook a meal for her family! Finally, instead of being consumed with worry, she was feeling hopeful about her future again.
Before Mercy left for home, carrying her large sack of food, our staff were able to pray with her and remind her that this gift is a blessing from God.
It might not seem like much, but each meal brought a ray of hope into Mercy’s life, and reminded her of the eternal hope found in Jesus!