What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.James 2:14-17
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THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who have sacrificed your own resources to help get food to the orphanage in central region! The last update I got was this morning, and at that time we had raised about $100. Way to go!
I want to give you some idea of how much money it takes to feed a child each month in Ghana (in a group care setting). We budget $65 a month for each child's food at Eban House. That does not include clothing, education, medicine, or doctor visits. Just food. We have a higher caliber of food than most homes (read: meat!). But even with the basic Ghanaian diet, it would easily cost $50 a month to feed a child basic carbs, a few veggies and fruits, and protein 2-3 times a week.
This home has 60 children. Think about it...that is $3000 a month needed to feed these kids a decent diet. In reality, most basic orphanages in Ghana probably spend half as much--giving the kids maybe only 2 meals a day, with protein, fruits, and veggies much less regularly. So we're still talking about $1500 a month to feed these kids the absolute basic food they need just not to waste away with malnutrition.
Then think about water. We haven't even talked about that. The volunteer I've emailed with said that the kids drink their water from the river. Ugh. Imagine the parasites and illness that comes from that! "Pure Water Sachets" are very inexpensive in Ghana. You can get 30 15 oz bags for about $1. But with 60 kids (drinking 3 bags a day) you'd need 180 bags a day or 5400 bags a month. That's about $180 a month needed to give the kids 3 bags of safe drinking water a day.
Food for thought?
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