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Bright Hope expands on National Hunger Awareness Month to stave off starvation

By September 14, 2009

Haiti (MNN) — Out of 148 countries worldwide, Haiti ranks second. This ranking was not for cleanest streets or most beautiful
tourist spot, rather for most impoverished and highest number of people at risk
of starvation.

These statistics came from the newly-established Food Security
Risk Index (FSRI) created by London-based Maplecroft, the risk advisory
business. The index "measures the availability, stability and access to basic
food stocks, as well as the impacts on nutrition and health that result from
food insecurity," according to the American Free Press.

AFP also reports Maplecroft ranked each country based on
their performance in 19 key indicators, which include "imports, exports and
production of cereals, food production per capita, rate of undernourishment per
capita, water resources, GDP per capita and global aid shipments."

While June was National Hunger Awareness month, Bright Hope
International
had no intention of ending their efforts in Haiti then. Instead,
through their Hope4Haiti program, they have scheduled a food packaging drive
from October 22 -25.

According to Bright Hope's Web site, Hope4Haiti is "a
holistic program spanning over three to five years to completely transform 17
communities."

Throughout the next few years, Bright Hope plans not only
to help children in these communities fill their stomachs, but also to provide them
with an education and the love of Christ.

The food pack in October will provide 2,550 children with
meals. However, Bright Hope needs over 1,000 volunteers for four days to pack
270,000 meals in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

In addition to the food drive, Bright Hope wants to provide
Hope Packs to these children. The packs include school supplies and a Bible in their
native language, which can also impact their friends and family members.
Currently, Bright Hope needs 5,000 Hope Packs at $30 each.

Finally, in an effort to create self-sustaining communities,
Hope4Haiti will provide jobs for these children's families through a microloan
program. By April 2010, Bright Hope needs $50,000 for this program.

To help in any of these three areas, click here.

Also, pray for the children and their families in these 17
communities, that their physical and spiritual hunger will be met.

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