The name “Good Samaritans” might conjure up images of a friendly face in the crowd, but a group of men and women with no previous experience delivering good will to those in need is helping to make sure the world is a better place.
They are delivering food to the people in need of it, like the people who live in the city of Kambale, in the northeastern province of Kabylie.
A few weeks ago, as the country began to buckle under the strain of the HIV pandemic, the region was hit hard by the loss of food aid.
As the people of Kampani had no other option, they turned to the men and boys of the organization known as the Good Samaritans to help feed the hungry.
The men and one of the women running the Good Shepherd Mission, a volunteer-led charity that works to feed the needy in Kambali, are doing everything they can to help the people.
“We have been doing this for years.
We’ve done a lot of work,” said Abdi Mohamed.
“But I think we are now at a point where we need to move on and move on.”
We need to go to the markets, and we need the help of the markets.
It’s not just about food, it’s about the quality of the food that we buy.
That is our responsibility, that is our obligation, Mohamed said.
The Good Shepherd mission started in 2012, and since then, they have helped to feed around 100,000 people in the region.
That’s more than all of Kamba and neighbouring Kambalim province combined.
They also have a lot more work to do.
While they have a number of programs in place to assist people in Kamba, like providing free food, Mohamed says they need to help more people.
He’s looking at expanding the program to help Kambals with food needs.
“I’m not saying that we don’t have other programs, but I think that’s going to be more expensive.
So I think it’s going on for the sake of the people,” Mohamed said, adding that he has already been offered a job at the Kambala Police Station.
The city of Kabyle, located on the edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is not alone in its struggles with food insecurity.
The country of Congo has one of Africa’s highest rates of food insecurity, with around 14 million people facing hunger.
The local government in Kumbanga is facing the same problems.
It has been trying to cope with the loss in food and food-related poverty for years, and in 2018, it was forced to cut its budget by $1 million.
It had been looking to find a solution to the crisis.
“If we do nothing, we will lose money,” said the local government spokesperson, Rui Abacha.
But it was a tough choice.
The government decided to try to save some money by offering a loan of $100 per person.
The people of Kabamba didn’t want to take it, so the local authorities decided to help.
“For the first three weeks we worked hard to put in place the programs and the money, and then it was decided to pay them, and they paid us,” Abacha said.
After about a month, the local governments food budget was cut by more than half.
The local authorities had to pay the men, women and children who had already been working for the local communities to help them with the food.
The women who had helped with the program also got a payment.
For Abacha, the food assistance program is a way to try and alleviate the poverty that many in the country have been facing for years with the rise in HIV and malnutrition.
“We have to give them the right to go out, work, to eat and drink,” Aba said.
“This is a positive thing that has to be done,” he added.
The next step will be to try putting the money towards a new school.