The joy of sharing a meal translates across countries and cultures.
When we think about making lunch or dinner for ourselves or family, often it’s quick and simple. However, for millions of people around the world, food is scarce and hard to prepare.
South Sudanese refugees are brought together and connected by the ritual of food. Yet over 200,000 refugees in Bidibidi need continued support.
Already, food rations have been cut by 30%. During the days after food distribution, most households manage to prepare three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Within a few weeks, most families resort to a single meal a day in anticipation of shortages.
26-year-old Janet and her mother Charity, 47, wake up at 6:30am every morning to prepare the day’s meals for the family. Today, however, will be a little different and very special. The family is expecting an important visitor, Janet’s brother, who she's been separated from since the chaos began in South Sudan.
“We have to wake up early and start preparing breakfast because the firewood is so bad and it takes so long. If we wait until the children wake up, they will be so hungry,” says Charity.
Janet’s father has ensured there is provision to prepare the best meal for the day. He also leaves clear instructions to his sons to slaughter his only goat. World Vision has supported Janet’s community to establish sustainable kitchen gardens to supplement the food ration that the WFP (World Food Programme) gives them.