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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3 Ways Moms Are Finding New Ways to Deal with Deadly Hunger

A nutritious diet, essential to a strong start in life, is a universal priority for mothers around the globe. Yet, access to all the elements that build nutrition in young children - healthy, diverse diets; clean water; good hygiene practices, and more - is anything but universal. 

After years of decline, global hunger is now on the rise: the latest reports indicate that some 821 million people suffer from hunger. Due to conflict, climate change, and economic shocks, millions of moms struggle daily to give their children what they need to thrive and survive.

Action Against Hunger (4 stars) is the world's hunger specialist. For 40 years, we have been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. Last year, we reached more than 20 million people. We know that creating a world free from hunger requires innovative thinking and diverse partners. And we’ve found that moms around the world are some of our most powerful allies in the fight against hunger. Here are just three ways mothers are making a critical difference for their children and their communities: 

1. Spotting Malnutrition Earlier 

With training and tools, we have found that mothers are as capable as health professionals in detecting malnutrition in their children. Using a simple armband, mothers can accurately measure their child’s nutrition status and, if necessary, seek treatment quickly. Early medical care translates to decreases in death and disease related to malnutrition. In Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and elsewhere, Action Against Hunger empowers mothers and other caregivers to both understand and prevent early signs of acute malnutrition. 

2. Supporting and Educating Each Other 

Moms are not only equipping themselves with knowledge against hunger, but they are also spreading the word to their friends and neighbors – even amidst the most challenging circumstances. 

For example, in Northeast Nigeria, a region devastated by conflict, the “Porridge Moms” support groups provide a lifeline for fellow displaced mothers. Every day, they gather together and make nutritious meals for themselves and their young children. As they cook, they learn and share information on nutrition, healthy childcare practices, breastfeeding, and good hygiene. Action Against Hunger teams facilitate the discussions and provide a monthly stipend to pay for food items and other costs.

In the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Eastern Ethiopia, we provide breastfeeding, hygiene, and nutritional guidance, as well as psychosocial therapy support since many of the refugees, have experienced unimaginable trauma. In that one camp alone, we have 228 support groups for mothers, with nearly 2,500 pregnant and breastfeeding women who participate in the program. 

3. Planting Seeds of Hope 

Agriculture is the primary source of income for 79% of economically-active women in the least developed countries. Yet, too often, women lack access to land, credit, quality seeds and fertilizers, and agricultural training. Through programs such as the ENABLER project in Uganda, we provide training and seeds to refugees – most of whom are mothers, empowering them to grow chia seeds, cassava, and other produce that can be sold in local markets. If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, it could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by up to 17 percent due to increased crop yields.

Learn more about how you can help Action Against Hunger power programs aimed at helping mothers find better ways to deal with life-threatening hunger here.

By Emily B. Tyree, Associate Director of Communications, Action Against Hunger

Here are a few more highly-rated organizations that are working to end hunger in the United States and abroad. This mother's day consider making a gift that will empower mothers across the globe with the information and resources they need to feed their children and communities.

Bread for the World Institute
(4 stars)
Developing strategies to end hunger

Bread for the World Institute provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute educates its advocacy network, opinion leaders, policy makers and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad. BFWI is the research and educational partner of Bread for the World, generating studies on hunger issues and vital educational resources. We believe that a well-educated and motivated U.S. constituency who care for hungry people will ultimately change the politics of hunger. BFWI helps U.S. citizens tell the story of hungry people in their communities and see our connections to hungry people around the world. By empowering people with information, Bread for the World Institute affects real progress toward ending hunger.

The Hunger Project
(3 stars)
Empowering women and men to end their own hunger

Founded in 1977, The Hunger Project is a global, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia, and Latin America, The Hunger Project empowers people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children. The Hunger Project carries out its mission through three essential activities: mobilizing village clusters at the grassroots level to build self-reliance, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local government.

Feeding America
(4 Stars)
Connecting people with food and ending hunger through a nationwide network of food banks

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses, and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Great post! Vitamin Angels is another 4 star rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator that helps prevent malnutrition by delivering multiple micro-nutrient supplements to pregnant women, deworming tablets, and vitamin A to children under the age of 5 domestically in the US and all over the world.