GIVE NEW LIFE THIS EASTER
All children deserve the chance for life in all its fullness; but we know that too many are seeing their futures cut short by hunger.
This Easter, join us to celebrate new life, second chances – the opportunity to start afresh.
Hunger hurts – but you can stop it.
HUNGER HURTS: MEET JOSEPH
At just 11 years old, Joseph has dropped out of school. His days now mean looking after his new baby brother, Muluken, so their mother can go out to work.
Drought in Ethiopia is forcing families to make difficult choices. Joseph’s family didn’t harvest enough coffee last year because of low rainfall. They couldn’t make enough money to provide their young family with food. To supplement their income Joseph’s parents have been forced to find casual labour jobs in construction.
While his parents work, Joseph tries to play with nine-month-old Muluken. But every morning as he watches his neighbours get ready for school, he wishes he was going with them: “Now I’m not learning anything.”
And, although Joseph does the best he can for the baby, Muluken’s been diagnosed as severely malnourished – the family simply can’t afford enough food.
We’ve given Joseph’s family nutrition supplements to helpMuluken – but his progress is slow.
Hunger could steal Joseph’s education and his childhood.
Hunger could stop baby Muluken from growing up.
TOGETHER, WE CAN STOP HUNGER
As complex as hunger’s effects are, its nemesis is remarkably simple: enough, good food.
Child sponsorship is helping families around the world to solve their own children’s hunger crisis; to grow their own, cook good meals, share tips with other families, to recognise children who need support...
The means is different in each context, but the result is the same, sponsorship stops hunger.
NEW GROWTH: MEET SHEMALAS
Just last year, three-year-old Shemalas was malnourished.
“It was so sad. We couldn’t afford to take him to the clinic or give him enough food,” Shemalas’ mother, 30-year-old Mageret, says.
Like Joseph’s parents, Mageret and her husband Beye are coffee farmers in Ethiopia. The little land they own is covered by coffee trees. In a good year, those trees produce enough income to provide them with food for the rest of the year.
But last year wasn’t a good year. A lack of rain meant coffee harvests were cut in half or worse. The few sacks of coffee that Mageret and Beye harvested were sold for just a few dollars.
The family plummeted into a crisis. But there was hope.
Shemalas’ family live in one of World Vision’s community development programmes areas. Because of the poor harvests, we’re helping families protect themselves from bad weather and poor market prices. Our nutrition programme is also helping malnourished children. Shemalas has been given food packed with nutrients and vitamins to help him gain weight and become healthy again.
His mum, Mageret has joined a World Vision gardening club. She’s learning how to grow carrots, beetroot, spinach, onions, maize and peas with 20 other women.
“When the harvest is ready, I will use it for our food. It will help to develop his [Shemalas’] mind and health. The extra vegetables I will sell at the market,” Mageret says.
Child sponsors are standing with Mageret and her neighbours, helping them to keep their children healthy, despite a devastating hunger crisis gripping this corner of Ethiopia.
ONE SIMPLE STEP: SPONSORSHIP'S SOLUTIONS...
HELP END HUNGER THROUGH CHILD SPONSORSHIP
Across the world today children are living in the most difficult circumstances; through conflict, disaster, illness, poverty, hunger and exploitation. Child sponsorship gives a child and their whole community the essential things they need to not only survive but to thrive in life. And it lasts. When you sponsor a child with World Vision, you're helping to provide...
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In 2016 we helped more than 690,000 people to produce their own food – for family meals and to sell. This meant more than 3.3 million people had more and better food to eat.
Whether a community needs to raise their voice for health services, more mosquito nets or to share health tips and nutritious recipes, we’ll help them meet those needs.
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