World Food Day commemorates the day in which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was founded. Its purpose is to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and inspire solutions for world change.
Did you know that … Globally women are 15% more likely than men to be moderately or severely food insecure. A dramatic increase in food prices, including wheat, barley, rapeseed and sunflower oil, and also fertilisers, is moving countries, like Uganda, that were already vulnerable into crisis. In 2021, 193 million people experienced high acute food insecurity, requiring humanitarian assistance for their survival. 3.1 billion people (almost 40% of the world population) cannot afford a healthy diet. World Food Day 2022 is being marked in a year with multiple global challenges including the ongoing pandemic, conflict, climate change, rising prices and international tensions. All of this is affecting global food security and our communities in Kampala’s slums. What are we doing about it? Since Kids Club Kampala began we have been fighting hunger and malnourishment in our communities. So far we have provided 45 million meals to vulnerable children and their families! This year our communities have been facing further challenges with the cost of living crisis. To tackle rising food prices we launched our Feeding Futures appeal, aiming to support families and children during this difficult time. So far, with your help, our Feeding Futures appeal has raised an amazing £30,758.50. That's approximately 962 family food parcels containing a total of 72, 090 meals. None of this could have been possible without your ongoing support! Let's hear from some of the people who have received food as part of our Feeding Futures project … Nora
Nora with her children and grandchildren
Nora* lives with her children and grandchildren and finds it difficult to provide food for such a large family. The children Nora cares for attend our Encouraging Education project and receive hot school lunches. Nora and her family have also been delivered food parcels. ‘I thank Kids Club Kampala for always being there for us in our times of need’ - Nora Annie Annie* used to struggle without any food in her house or the money to buy it. We helped her by bringing her food and soap. She started cooking straight away with her favourite ingredient … sweet potatoes!
Annie receiving a food parcel
‘Every time I receive a food parcel it is a miracle. I do not have any money to buy food. Today, I had not planned on eating. I am overjoyed with the food parcel. Thank you!’ - Annie Belinda
Belinda and her children
Belinda* is a single mother of 2 children and without a job. She used to work on a market but was asked to leave and find a permanent market stall which she could not afford to find a permanent shelter, which she was unable to afford. She and her children would often sleep on the streets. ‘Now things have changed for the better only because of Kids Club Kampala. Life has become easier and my children don’t have to cry the whole night due to hunger.’ - Belinda We are SO close to our target of raising £32,000 for vulnerable families like these who would otherwise go without food. Can you help a family this World Food Day? £7 will cover the cost of feeding a child on our Encouraging Education Programme for one week £32 will provide a family food parcel with enough food for a week £128 will cover a month’s worth of food for a family There is still a great need in Kampala and we need your help!
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