“Bippity-boppity-boo” are the three words that the fairy godmother says in order to transform Cinderella‘s torn dress into a beautiful ball gown. But it didn’t stop there…the fairy godmother also helped her with a carriage, horses, a coachman and a driver.
Before the fairy godmother showed up, Cinderella was filled with sadness and hopelessness. She was convinced that there was no way of going to the royal ball or finding her chance for a happily ever after.
The fairy godmother gave Cinderella a way and a chance. She basically gave her the tools she needed to get to the ball. All the things Cinderella received from the fairy godmother gave her hope to believe that a happily ever after was possible.
Many of the children and families we serve have the same feelings of hopelessness and despair. They ask questions like:
“How could transformation be possible when there is so much despair and hopelessness?”
“Look at what has happened in our community, how can we move forward?”
When Food for the Hungry (FH) approaches a community, they tell them there is hope and that transformation is possible. FH approaches poverty in a different way from most humanitarian organizations. We help break the cycle of poverty with a holistic approach, because Christ-like compassion and love as well as biblical truths are the foundation of our ministry.
We also understand that even if the physical needs are met, spiritual hunger can bring upon a new form of poverty. We need more than a new slippers and gown, like Cinderella. We need truths we can hang onto when the world changes or sorrows find us.
Community transformation does not happen by simply saying, “Bippity-boppity-boo!” When we enter a community, we work with that community’s members to evaluate their immediate needs, which are often food, water and medical assistance.
Then, with the community members, we help to implement a plan of action customized to that community. For example, we might build wells together—the villagers providing labor, while we provide the equipment and expertise. We continue to work in a community in four areas of livelihoods, education, health and disaster risk reduction. We work with them until they are out of poverty and able to sustain income, clean water, education, health and other areas without help.
By partnering with Food for the Hungry, you are serving communities. You’re bringing hope. While fairy godmothers don’t exist, you’re serving as someone making a positive change in another’s life. You are helping communities get on track for their happily ever after.