Hunger In Nigeria
Ebe, Nigeria is one of the most impoverished areas in West Africa. Missing even the barest of necessities for life, over 50% of this community are farmers who struggle to harvest enough food to feed their families. 300 children attend The Embodiments of Love Academy (TELA) and over 20% of students go to school without eating breakfast and without a packed lunch. Hunger is not only detrimental to their health it is limiting to their future. Reaching their full potential is deeply connected with having a full stomach and that is why we are proud to work with the community in Ebe to help alleviate hunger.
Our Call To Action
To help build a kitchen and dining hall in Ebe, where meals can be prepared daily and where hunger can be healed in the form of a nourishing meal. To effectively influence change we need to build Love into the work that we do and let that be our guiding light. As such our work does not begin and end with this kitchen, our mission is in service and in empowering lives everywhere around the world.
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A child comes to you with a fever of 39 degrees and severe headache. What is the diagnosis?
The diagnosis is hunger. Yes, when a child hasn’t eaten for 24+hrs s/he gets a high fever and headache here (Ebe). This was explained to me by one of the teachers. After a bowl of food, the fever goes away!! I saw a couple of kids like this and was sure it was malaria or some other infectious disease but they got better almost instantly with food. The kids here are so stoic. Culturally it’s inappropriate to beg/ask for food even if you are hungry. In fact, even if you offer food, they frequently won’t take it! Being hungry is just an accepted state of being… so different from what I’m accustomed to in Canada. On a certain level I’m sure it’s good to learn not to feel compelled to satisfy every sensory craving… but on the other hand, I’m definitely looking into setting up a breakfast program here.
~ Dr. Shira Taylor on her experience teaching in Ebe, Nigeria at TELA.
Dr. Shira Taylor returned from her time in Ebe with fire in her heart. Her passion led her to Aangen where a beautiful partnership was born. Dr. Taylor spoke of the Christian Mystic who has been the source of inspiration and loving action not only in Ebe, Nigeria but around the world. Father Charles Ogada founded TELA, he initiated the ‘Liquid Love’ project to bring water to the people and he tirelessly works on improving the living conditions of the people in Nigeria. Father Charles Ogada has evoked profound change through his loving service and has drastically transformed Ebe into what is now known as ‘Joy Village.’
“… journey together into our inherent oneness. There is no greater wealth than this. The Kitchen will happen naturally. If it did not happen, still we have done our duty. Like the river, we should just flow. Those who are thirsty will naturally come and drink. If they don’t, we just flow anyway.”
~ Father Charles Ogada on the Come and Eat Food Program