The impact of $14. That is front and center for me on this holiday here. $14 buys a big 25 kg bag of rice which will feed many for many days; the staple of the Liberian diet.
On Monday staff person Calvin and I filled the FFW car with bags of rice and delivered to our staff at the FFW school clinic and then to the office for our fabulous team. Then I had Calvin deliver a bag to the family who housed Moses the last several years he was here before departing for college in America. With 30% inflation now, the price of rice has skyrocketed and is out of reach for so many, even for those who have a job. Many people are now choosing which days to eat and which days not to eat. One of our staff called me to say, “Oh Deborah, it came just in time – our rice was finished.”
And just now my dear friend Evelyn came walking the beach in front of my home. I went to greet her to wish her a blessed Thanksgiving. “Are you on your way home from church? Are you going to go cook and have a Thanksgiving meal?” Her response, “Rice finish – no rice for days.” Heartbreaking. So I treated one more person to rice.
The impact of “small small” money – hundreds of people now have food for at least the rest of this month… May we one day realize we are all one human family and take care of each other…
Thanksgiving love and blessings from Liberia,