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The hunger virus

Friday, May 8th, 2020

A few years ago, we had the privilege of meeting a well-educated, visionary leader in the Rift Valley in Kenya. Joshua Machinga is the Executive Director of Common Ground for Africa. The purpose of our connection with him was to glean information on a specific gardening technique that he had developed referred to as “double digging.” Over many years, we have introduced this technique to our partners in Kenya and Joshua’s staff have worked beside our partners to train them in this extremely effective gardening strategy, specific to dry areas, like much of Western Kenya.

This week, Joshua posted this wisdom on Facebook and we have gained his permission to share this powerful perspective, as we all navigate our own COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2 at 12:50 PM · (unedited)

Current situation…just thinking aloud.
Two main pandemics we are fighting at the moment are:

1. Coronavirus
2. Hunger Virus

Two main groups of people at the moment fighting the pandemics are:

1. The Rich and
2. The Poor

The global irony and the African outlook…
The rich is afraid of the virus.
The poor is afraid of hunger.
The rich wants the poor to stay at home to avoid the spread, but hunger won’t allow the poor to stay at home.
The poor fears that if they stay at home, the hunger virus will kill them.
The rich fears that if they also come out of their homes the coronavirus will kill them…
What a delicate situation we have…

In order to restore the world to its normal social equilibrium:
The rich should assist the poor with food, so that they can stay at home.
When the rich succeeds in keeping the poor at home by providing enough food, the spread of the coronavirus which the rich fears the most will be chased out!
This is common sense…yet because some people have the microphones, all you hear is…
“stay at home”…“stay at home.”
How can they stay at home when the hunger virus is at home?
Fight coronavirus.
Fight hunger.
Stay safe.

Our team at Hungry For Life have been busy working with our partners around the globe to do what we can to fight the ever-increasing and, in some cases, critical issue of hunger in the developing world, exacerbated by the global pandemic, COVID-19. Thank you to so many of you who have practiced significant generosity toward these needs, even while experiencing your own struggles right now where you live.