Earlier in 2020, in the UK, footballer Marcus Rashford made headlines campaigning for free school meals to be provided in the holidays to stop holiday hunger for all children. His petition, with over 880,000 signatures at the time of writing, shows just how much we in the UK care about the issue of child food poverty. This is something we've been blessed to see for many years now, as World Vision UK's supporters have supported our joint programmes with the World Food Programme.
In South Darfur, in Sudan, a joint World Vision and WFP-supported project, which I visited in 2018, took this work a step further when treating acute malnutrition in small children. World Vision in Sudan built on research showing that combining health programmes for mothers and children, along with support for positive parenting and playing, is likely to have long-term benefits for children’s development and health. World Vision was welcomed into the community to provide training and play support to families, which as well as being enjoyable and strengthening family bonds, also helped the children to recover better.
The results of this approach are evident in the healthy, smiling face of Mashier, 25, with her 8-month-old daughter, Mayamen (pictured below). You can read the full story here.