Rebuilding Iraq Amidst This Week's Bombings

Food for the Hungry
Wednesday, 19 November 2003

As 500-pound bombs hit suspected ambush sites and hideouts on Tuesday (Nov. 18) the biggest U.S. air operation since President Bush declared an official end to active combat in Iraq on May 1 Food for the Hungry, along with its partners, remain steadfast in their efforts to help Iraqi families.

Food for the Hungry, along with its partners including local agencies and churches, were able to serve 2,065 families in Baghdad and Mosul most recently. With an office based in Phoenix, Food for the Hungry uses its funds efficiently, choosing to purchase many of the commodities in Baghdad to avoid higher costs of shipping directly from the U.S.

Meat, tomato paste, cheese, milk, beans, cooking oil, tuna and pasta were distributed to 1,065 families in Baghdad and 1,000 families in Mosul. The most recent distribution report from the field was received by Food for the Hungry, stateside on Nov. 12, 2003.

The international relief and development agency began assisting families in April 2003 just before the war, partnering with local agencies to set up refugee camps along the Jordanian border.

In October, Food for the Hungry sent a total of $700,000 worth of medicines and medical supplies including antibiotics, gloves, gowns, gauze, birthing and breastfeeding supplies, exam kits, oxygen masks, tubing, general surgery kits, orthopedic packs, cardiac monitors, ventilators and respirators.

In May, a total of $180,000 worth of hospital supplies including beds, crutches and walkers were shipped to Mosul.

Between March and April, $1 million worth of food and shelter were provided to fleeing refugees along the Jordanian border.

In April, President Ben Homan went to Baghdad and signed partnership agreements with two Iraqi hospitals. He also met with local churches to assess community needs and develop strategic-relief plans.

Food for the Hungry was founded in 1971 and provides emergency relief to countries all over the world. The organization helps some of the world's most disadvantaged people in 37 countries through child-development programs, agriculture and clean-water projects, health and nutrition programs, education and micro-enterprise loans. Visit our Iraq photo gallery.

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