Impact Report 2017
Action Against Hunger is extremely grateful to Research For Good supporters for their generous support. In 2017, Research For Good and their partners generously donated $113,054 to Action Against Hunger. This gift has allowed us to continue leading our global fight against hunger, respond to emergencies across the globe, and save the lives of most vulnerable children, women, and their families. On behalf of Action Against Hunger’s dedicated staff around the world and the beneficiaries we serve, thank you for your continued generosity and support!
Action Against Hunger is the only organization within the humanitarian sector exclusively focused on reducing and eliminating hunger and malnutrition. No other organization has the comprehensive approach, or breadth and depth of expertise to stop hunger as effectively. We battle the deadliest form of hunger that kills an estimated 1-2 million children each year and prevent hunger by enabling people to build long-term resiliency. Since 1979, our work on the front lines fighting hunger — combined with our research, innovations, and advocacy — has helped the international community reduce the world’s proportion of undernourished people by 50 percent. More lives have been saved because of Action Against Hunger’s expertise.
We are the hunger specialists. We are the global authority on what causes hunger and what can stop it. The singularity of our mission to prevent, treat, and eliminate hunger by tackling its immediate and underlying causes has defined us — and distinguished us — since our founding. Our almost four decades of experience and our ability to develop, evaluate, implement, and continuously improve upon high-impact, proven, scalable solutions are recognized worldwide.
• Every three minutes, Action Against Hunger saves the life of a malnourished child
• In the past 10 years, Action Against Hunger has helped reduce acute malnutrition worldwide by 8%
• In the past 10 years, Action Against Hunger’s programs alleviated hunger and improved nutrition for 85 million people
Research For Good is an online sample company with a mission to provide reliable, high-quality respondents for market research while at the same time ending childhood deaths from hunger and malnutrition globally. Since 2014, Research For Good has focused their philanthropic efforts on helping to end childhood deaths from malnutrition. For every completed survey, Research For Good makes a donation through their partnership to Action Against Hunger’s lifesaving efforts in more than 50 countries. In 2017, Research For Good and partners donated an incredible $113,054, which benefited 2,512 children in Action Against Hunger’s lifesaving programs!
Here’s a snapshot of how your support made a difference in 2017
Cambodia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Southeast Asia. Rural populations face increasing agricultural challenges made worse by deforestation and natural disasters. 44% of children under the age of 5 are found to be stunted (short for their age), and about 18% of Cambodia’s population is food insecure. Our interventions aim to tackle many underlying root causes of undernutrition: nutrition, health, food security, livelihood, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). In northern Cambodia in Preah Vihear Province, we aim to put communities in the driver’s seat of combating under nutrition, while our role is equipping them with vital skills, tools, and training. The program primarily focuses on boosting food security and livelihoods by increasing the capacity of smallholder farmers to diversify production, enhance food productivity and consequently improve family feeding practices. In addition, communities get access to clean water through the rice banks.
In villages such as Sraem Tgong, we worked with residents to set up community rice banks to provide safety nets and manage the risk of disaster and hunger for the poorest families. Rice banks allowed extremely poor families to borrow rice in tough times at much lower interest rates, helping to protect them from hunger and from falling into crippling debt.
In Sraem Tgong, Dara Vann works as a community mobilizer for Action Against Hunger USA. Dara’s job is to explain to communities how the rice banks work and how they will benefit people, answer questions, and encourage as many people to join as she can.
In July 2016, an upsurge in hunger and conflict in South Sudan prompted an unprecedented influx of refugees into Uganda, due to the Ugandan government’s “open-border” policy that welcomes refugees, despite an enormous strain on local resources and infrastructure. Uganda currently hosts more than 1,000,000 refugees.Today, Yumbe is home to Bidi Bidi, one of the largest refugee settlements in the world.
In the past year, in both host communities and in refugee settlements, Action Against Hunger supported health centers to diagnose, and treat acutely malnourished children, educate new mothers on safe baby and child feeding practices, promoting theirs and their babies health and development. Our programs improved nutrition and food security for thousands of vulnerable children and their families.
Action Against Hunger has been working in South Sudan since 1985. We are currently working in four states: Jonglei, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and Central Equatoria (Juba). In 2017, we also launched emergency nutrition programs in eight new sites to provide lifesaving treatment to acutely malnourished children such as Agao and her daughter.
Our specialized multi-sector emergency teams were deployed multiple times in the past 12 months to support emergency assessments and deliver lifesaving assistance to communities in areas of South Sudan in urgent need but with little access to help.
Click below (on names typed in bold) to hear stories from 3 change-makers in South Sudan:
Meet Agawol: A mother who brought her severely malnourished child for treatment to an Action Against Hunger nutrition site. Now, her daughter is healthy again, and Agawol has become an Action Against Hunger community nutrition volunteer, going door-to-door to screen her neighbor’s children for malnutrition.
Meet Regina: After her only biological child passed away at just two weeks old, Regina didn’t stop being a mother to the children of her community. She serves as a Lead Mother in one of Action Against Hunger’s mother-to-mother support groups, working to improve health among children and prevent malnutrition.
Meet David: An experienced medical doctor who left his job in South Sudan’s capital city of Juba to work as a volunteer to help people affected by the hunger crisis. Today, he serves as Action Against Hunger’s Roving Medical Doctor in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, where he trains local health workers and oversees our emergency nutrition programs.