Feeding Kosovo & Katanga 2018
Oh, what a delightful time of the year Christmas is! Families getting together, the lights, the decorations, presents under the tree and the wonderful Christmas feast we wait for all year long. It is a time for thanksgiving and celebration. Most would agree that Christmas has become so commercialized, so competitive and so impersonal, that we have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas and what it stands for. Of course, the first and foremost reason is the remembrance of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ and most importantly, His perfect example of unconditional love, message of hope and His teachings on giving. That is what Christmas is all about.
No matter where in the world you are, Christmas is more than tradition and family - it’s also about food. Every year, with great anticipation and excitement, 92hands thinks of those living in marginalized circumstances - people that have fallen on hard times. We reach out to the slum communities around us because many of them are unable to provide even the most basic needs for either themselves or their loved ones. What a wonderful surprise for them to be able to celebrate Christmas with a wonderful meal and a feeling of hope for the future.
For us, Christmas is truly Christmas when we celebrate it by sharing the light and love of Jesus with those who need it most and we do it through food. As we prepare for the holiday season and get ready to celebrate with our families and friends, we take a few moments and think of our communities. Thanks to so many donations, 92hands provides packages of food for our neighbors who are facing hard times to ensure they have a meal for Christmas. The holidays are a special time but they are also one of the most challenging times for the children and families that we serve.
In 2018, through the financial support of our friends and partners in Uganda and all over the world, we were able to distribute food to 700 families in the slum communities of Kosovo and Katanga altogether. It’s a huge amount of details that have to be handled but we never have a shortage of volunteers. Many volunteers donated their time to help deliver the food to the communities and indeed over 100 volunteers stepped in to deliver the food packages on Christmas eve. We really want to thank the volunteers; they are the "food angels". To everyone who was a part of this initiative in any capacity, thank you for your generosity.
The rise in numbers of needy families are far surpassing the supplies that are needed. You can help us reach our goal to serve more than 2,000 families each year and together we can bring the much needed relief to families and children during the holiday season.