Global Goal 2: ‘Zero Hunger’
On Friday 25th September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve in the next 15 years. The Global Goals aim to: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change, in all countries, for all people. Global Goal 2 is ‘Zero Hunger’: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
For CBF, Goal 2 is particularly important. The children we support in Zimbabwe are living in impoverished areas, with very little to eat. Ending world hunger is therefore a Global Goal that we are passionately supporting. And here are 5 key reasons why you should too…
5 Reasons to End World Hunger
- Millions of people go hungry every single day
According to FAO, each day approximately 795 million people are malnourished. They do not get enough nutritious food to eat each day and consume far less than the minimum amount of calories essential for sound health and growth.
- Every day children are dying from hunger-related causes
Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under five (each year, around 3.1 million children die from hunger related causes). Sources: The Lancet; FAO
- People are negatively affected by undernourishment
Hunger has a negative impact on health, productivity, overall well-being and sense of hope. Among other things, a lack of food can also stunt growth and contribute to developmental disabilities.
- Hunger can affect the quality of a child’s education
In Africa, 23 million primary school go to school hungry (source: WFP). When hungry, children can find it very difficult to concentrate. In Zimbabwe, children would often faint in class as result of hunger.
- There is enough food in the world to feed everyone
…it just isn’t well distributed. According to Business Green, one third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, costing the global economy around US $750 billion per year.
Food for Thought
Creating Better Futures currently support children at Cheza Primary School, Mutake Primary School and High School. The CBF Zimbabwe team work closely with the schools to ensure that the delivery of education, resources and food is to a high standard for the children.
Many children walk to up to around 7 miles to get to school each day, for the children it is worth it as they love to learn and enjoy going to school and being with their friends. However, because some children are walking nearly 14 miles a day they have no energy in the classroom. They are not in the right frame of mind to learn and it is not uncommon that a child will faint in class, as he or she has spent hours walking on an empty stomach.
We have introduced a feeding programme at each of the schools to ensure that each child has the energy to learn. Each day we are providing a meal for around 1,500 children, helping them fight the hunger and giving them the nutrients and energy they need for the day.
How you can help
Without donations, we would not be able to run this feeding programme. A donation of just £5 can feed 4 children, every day for two weeks. Your donation ensures that no child is learning on an empty stomach. Please visit https://www.justgiving.com/creatingbetterfutures/donate/ if you would like to contribute to our feeding programme at Cheza and Mutake Primary Schools.