You can help fight child hunger in the face of COVID-19

You can help fight child hunger in the face of COVID-19

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Your donation can provide 18 times more value for children at risk of famine.

Acute hunger is a humanitarian crisis. With nearly 3.1 million children dying from malnutrition each year, your support can help provide food and emergency supplies to children at risk of starvation, conflict, natural disasters and the devastation of COVID-19.


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See the difference supporters like you made possible in 2020

6,075,589

hungry children and families reached with food and emergency supplies.

105,167,607

metric tonnes of food distributed in 16 countries.

284,379

children received nutritious school meals.


Fighting poverty with food and nutrition


A childhood lost due to food insecurity


The children of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are suffering. Their lives profoundly changed due to a deadly mix of conflict, poverty, food shortages and COVID-19. 

Life for the vulnerable is harsh. Children lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and many are exposed to abuse such as child labour and neglect. Sadly, as families see their income drop, more children will be forced to work. Children like 12-year-old Marie*.

Marie found herself with limited choices, already vulnerable to hunger, early marriage and child labour, she could no longer attend school or play freely with her friends because of the pandemic. Like many families, Marie’s parents resorted to sending their daughter out to work at the local community market to help feed her hungry family, as they simply didn’t have enough to eat.  

"The money I earn from selling these chikwangues (traditional bread) is used to buy food for the family and to pay our rent … My need is to be supported in ways that help us meet our food needs, so that I no longer sell chikwangues," shared Marie.  

*Name changed to protect identity.

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Marie* selling Chikwangue in a community market.


Marie selling her chikwangues at the local market



Growing vegetables and building self-sufficiency


World Vision is helping to address a food rations crisis by empowering families in Bidibidi refugee camp, northwestern Uganda, to plant kitchen gardens.

"We have empowered and supported refugees to establish kitchen gardens which allows them to grow vegetables in small gardens in their backyard, to supplement the food ration that UN WFP gives them through World Vision,” says Comfort, a World Vision Deputy Food Assistance Manager.

For the refugees of South Sudan preparing a day’s meal is not an easy task. Due to the quality and scarcity of firewood preparing meals can take hours. And for mother’s like Charity it means starting the day at 6.30am to begin the four-hour prep to make breakfast.

Food is so much more than a meal for many families in the settlements. Food distribution points become social events as friends catch up and families and neighbours connect over a meal. Sadly, this dynamic is changing. Due to the onset of the pandemic, food rations reduced by 30 percent in April of 2020 and the UN WFP warns of a worsening situation as the funding situation continues to deteriorate. Thankfully, the home-grown vegetable gardens provide a sustainable source of nutrients, for now.

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Children get their lunch served on their own plate.


Charity serves breakfast on two big plates, one for the children and the other for the adults.


FAQs

Your donation dollars multiply in value when combined with contributions from the UN World Food Programme including food, training and infrastructure.
 
Our focus is on increasing our programming in areas where we already work and our costs per person have reduced, meaning we can provide 18 times more value with your donation.
The tax deduction you receive will depend on your personal circumstances. You can use our tax donation calculator to estimate the potential tax benefit based on your donation amount and income bracket.

The United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. For over 30 years, World Vision has partnered with the UN WFP in a shared commitment to fight global hunger. 
 
This partnership enables World Vision to utilise the significant supply and resource networks of the UN WFP. We contribute our expertise in long-term development to deliver food and emergency supplies as part of comprehensive food assistance programming - including livelihoods training, school nutrition programs and food for assets initiatives.

 

Should funds raised for this appeal exceed the amount required to fund World Vision's work in delivering food assistance and other essential supplies provided by the World Food Programme and other United Nations agencies, World Vision will use the excess funds in other work to help communities respond to the long-term effects of food insecurity.

^ Your donation will help support activities including general food distribution, vulnerable group feeding, cash and voucher distribution, food for work and school meals programs.

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Your donation will be multiplied 18 times through our partnership with the Nobel Peace Prize winning UN World Food Programme to help support hungry children and families.
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