IF: let’s be the first generation to end world hunger

Written by Frank Kapeta, a Save the Children Youth Ambassador in Tanzania.

My name is Frank, and I live in Tanzania. Last year, I told you about my visit to No. 10 Downing Street, where I asked David Cameron to prioritise the fight against hunger.

This week, I’m joining over 100 charities that are working together to launch a massive new campaign to make hunger a thing of the past. There is enough food in the world, IF we act now to change the future.

Here in Tanzania, many children go hungry every day. Not having enough to eat means that their bones and brains don’t develop properly, as they don’t get the nutrients and energy they need.

When I was growing up, aged two to four years old, I often ate just one meal a day. Some days I felt so ill that I couldn’t even get out of bed. My grandmother and parents did everything they could to look after me, but there just wasn’t enough food.

Take a look at a clock – what time is it now?

In the past hour, 260 children across the world have died because of hunger. Malnutrition left their bodies so weak that they couldn’t fight illness. Those that do survive face a life of lost potential and pain.

Our planet produces enough food for everyone – yet not everyone has enough food. It doesn’t have to be like this.

It’s possible in our lifetimes to make sure that every person lives a life free from hunger. But only IF we come together to make our leaders act to end hunger

Do something amazing today:

IF we all take one small action, we can make world leaders listen. Together, we’ll be too loud for our governments to ignore.

 

 

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  • Hello,

    I am a Paediatric nurse currently spending 5 weeks at the Mnazi Mmoja hospital in Zanzibar, and I have seen first hand the devastation to children and families which malnutrition can cause. In the UK I have never seen a case of malnutrition in my life, and yet the problem here is common and widespread.

    The special calorific formula milk for malnourished babies is provided free by the Government of Zanzibar, I am wondering if this is also true nationally?

    I am returning soon to the UK but would be happy to help with your campaign, please let me know if I can be of any help to you.

    Good Luck