Nourish The Children Programme

According to WolrdHunger, every 10 seconds a child dies of hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting in 1/8 children not reaching their 5th birthday.

The aim of the Nourish The Children Programme is to provide the food aid for African children in schools, kindergartens and the centres run by religious congregations cooperating with the “Maitri” Movement. The primary goal is to prevent the development of various diseases resulting from a long-lasting malnourishment and hunger.

Please fill out the sponsorship application if you are interested in joining the programme.

You define the way of your sponsorship. Will this be a one-time donation, few months or a year, it’s entirely up to you. You decide how much and for how long you can help.

Recipient: Stowarzyszenie Ruchu Maitri
Transfer title:
Nourish The Children programme
Bank account:
PL 33 1160 2202 0000 0002 5567 7854
SWIFT:
BIGBPLPW

The problem of hunger and malnutrition

The problem of hunger and malnutrition

A food of poor people living in Sub-Saharan Africa is very simple and monotonous. It usually consists of manioc, beans, maize and leaves. There is a shortage of many indispensable ingredients, mainly proteins and vitamins. People usually eat once a day. There are many malnourished children who almost never eat meat or drink milk. Children don't seem to be the priority when it comes to food. Adults who work hard all day in the fields are the first to eat. There is not enough food to satisfy all the members of the family. People do not store food. They eat what they harvest from the field or what they find or hunt. Frequently, hunger is a consequence of migrations caused by civil wars, droughts and floods. The cause of malnutrition amongst the children is also the lack of knowledge about the principles of proper nutrition. There are many children on the edge of starvation amongst orphans and those in refugee camps living on their own, without adults’ care. Insufficient protein and carbohydrates intake results in body swelling (kwashiorkor) or marasmus. Marasmus causes intellectual disability and stunted growth just to name a few. Children suffering from these diseases obtain help through the specialised therapy in the centres supported by the ‘Maitri’ Movement.

Nourishing Center in Ntamugenga (DR Congo)

Nourishing Center in Ntamugenga (DR Congo)

In 2013 hunger-related diseases are still a huge problem in the Nord Kivu region of DR Congo. On average, every single month we receive 66 new cases of serious starvation, and 115 new cases of severe caloric intake deficiency. Last year, we provided help to 294 children in advanced phases of hunger diseases, 501 - in advanced phases without complications, 1371 - in moderate phases. Unfortunately, one out of three children under 5 is still a victim. Thanks to your support, children can receive two hot meals a day in our centre and a portion to take home. Your support allows us to organise presentations where we provide local communities with nutrition education, how to include a different variety of vegetables in everyday meals and ways of growing them in the gardens. We involve parents so they can practice their knowledge by preparing meals and maintaining the gardens. We breed goats and rabbits in our centre to ensure that the children have access to the meat. We also provide the milk to replace the paste based on peanuts. "Treatment of the hunger-related diseases apart from pharmacology and specialised milk (F-100 or F-75) in the first phase (2 weeks) requires a lot of patience from parents and medical staff. The whole treatment lasts 3-4 months. Last year you helped us to save lives of 20 new-born babies (7 - lack of mother's milk due to disease, especially breast diseases, psychical disturbances; 6 - mother's death, births outside hospitals, 7 - twins, triplets). We provided them with milk formula Guigoz I, which newborns receive till their 6th month of life" - Sister Barbara Pustulka from The Congregation of Sisters of Angels (Congregation Sororum Angelorum) writes.