Your Support Saves Lives
Action Against Hunger Quarterly Progress Report
Fighting Hunger Together
At Action Against Hunger, we’re on a mission: to end deadly hunger for good.
As a recognized leader in the fight against childhood malnutrition, we have the tools, the expertise, and the holistic approach needed to eradicate hunger. And, most importantly, we have you.
Your generosity allows us to reach some nine million people in need. You're with us on on the ground in more than 45 countries, helping us save lives, empower vulnerable communities, respond to crises, and create a healthier future for children around the world.
Here’s a glimpse of how your support is continuing to help us reach people in need:
Bringing Nosheen Back to Health
When Action Against Hunger’s nutrition teams were screening children in the village of Muhammad Khan in Pakistan, little Nosheen was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She was also at greater risk for other diseases because malnutrition left her body too weak to fight them off.
Nosheen’s family couldn’t afford private medical care for her, so a community nutrition advocate encouraged them to visit an Action Against Hunger-supported health center in their area. At the health center, Nosheen received treatment with ready-to-use therapeutic food, and is now gaining weight.
Your support has provided essential nutrition and health support for more than 96,400 people across Pakistan in the last six months—including more than 9,650 malnourished children just like Nosheen.
Photos: ACF-Pakistan, courtesy Blackbox Sounds
Preventing Cholera in South Sudan
Contaminated water is a source for waterborne diseases like cholera, which can be fatal if left untreated. When a cholera outbreak spread rapidly through Juba, South Sudan, our emergency water, sanitation and hygiene teams responded immediately to the crisis.
Our teams disinfected households affected by cholera, rehabilitated water infrastructure in cholera-affected areas, and held cholera awareness sessions in affected communities. We also collaborated with local authorities and community-based organizations to build local capacity to respond to the outbreak.
Since our intervention, the epidemic has been contained. Your support helped us reach more than 1,860 households through our cholera treatment and prevention efforts in South Sudan. And we're still working: our goal is to reach 2,500 households, and you can help.
Photos: ACF-South Sudan, C. Fibla Garcia-Sala
Strengthening Lives and Livelihoods in Kenya
In the arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya, prolonged droughts can cause dangerous shortages of grazing land and water sources, which threatens the lives of livestock animals – and, in turn, the livelihoods of millions of people. For example, in 2005 and 2006, droughts killed more than half of the region’s livestock, which left some four million people without access to food or income.
After a three-year drought period further weakened herding communities, we took action in 2011 to help herders regain their livelihoods and keep their animals healthy. Working with community members, we regenerated pastures for grazing, rehabilitated water points for animals, and supported livestock marketing initiatives. These projects also strengthen communities’ resilience to future droughts.
Since the start of the program, you’ve helped us support 23,018 livestock animals through improving grazing land, and another 186,440 through improving access to water. This means you’ve helped secure livelihoods for thousands of people in Kenya.
To learn more about our resilience-building projects in Kenya, read our case study.
Photos: ACF-Kenya, J. Kariuki and M. Muchangi
Supporting Families Displaced from Northern Iraq
In the past few months, hundreds of thousands of people from northern Iraq have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, driven from their homes by conflict. Our emergency response teams are racing to provide clean water, hygiene kits, and emergency food rations for displaced families.
But emergency relief is about providing more than food and water. It’s also about providing traumatized families with a safe space to process what they’ve been through, adapt to their new surroundings, and plan for their future. To help people cope, we’re conducting psychological support sessions with displaced adults and children.
Your support helps us provide critical emergency services to tens of thousands of families fleeing Northern Iraq — including psychological support for 10,000 displaced people so far.
To read a firsthand account of our psychologists’ work in Iraqi Kurdistan, check out our blog.
Photos: ACF-KRI, F. Seriex
Thank You for Your Support!
Your generosity helps to restore health, dignity, and independence for millions of people around the world. Thanks to you, we can continue to treat malnourished children, bring clean water to communities, economically empower vulnerable families, and respond to growing humanitarian crises.
Inspired by the stories you read here? Share them with your friends and family, and be sure to check out our blog to read more just like them. And of course, we'll continue to send you more stories like these throughout the year, so you can see how your support is making a difference.
On behalf of the communities we serve and our dedicated field staff around the globe, we thank you!
Photo: ACF-Colombia, S. Vera. Cover photo: ACF-Uganda, T. Frank.