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Every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger.

Bread for the World

134 million children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to school.

Care International

1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.

The Water Project

Our Vision

Whenever you have helped the least of these my brothers, you have helped me."

-- Matthew 25:40

Our Mission to Feed Hungry Children

Over 200 million children needlessly die each year due to hunger and malnutrition. This food crisis comes at a time of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity for many nations. While the central concern of typical youths in the U.S. may be the latest fashion or newest video game, thousands of children in Africa and Asia go to bed at night wondering about food for the next day. The loss of life due to hunger in these underdeveloped countries is a numbing reminder of the gap between the rich and the poor – between the haves and have-nots. Hunger remains a sad reality even today.

Yet, hunger is preventable and Lutherans throughout the world are uniting to do their part. The JELA Foundation works closely with its Lutheran-affiliated partners to support children-focused feeding programs in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Porte Allegre and Rio de Janeiro. In total, over 1,000 children are provided nutritious meals on a daily basis – a direct result of Lutherans opening their hearts to children in need. In the South Asian countries of India and Cambodia, the JELA Foundation also works with Lutheran World Service and other organizations to purchase emergency food supplies at times of earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters. The Gujarat Earthquake in 2001 and the South Asian Tsunami in 2005 are two times in recent history when the JELA Foundation provided emergency food supplies.

While world hunger can seem overwhelming, it is important to remember that a donation of but a few dollars might provide an individual with basic food supplies, such as rice or beans, for a week. Without such support, the door to life would close for thousands. We ask you to join our mission to help feed the hungry. The JELA Foundation is committed to using 100 percent of all donations to directly help needy children and their families. Together we can make a difference in ending world hunger.