Lives Saved: October to December
#Team45 Has Saved More Than 2,100 Lives!
Thanks to you, we surpassed our goal for #Team45 for 2014!
We challenged you and your fellow hunger fighters to save 2,000 children from deadly hunger. You not only rose to the challenge -- you raised the bar even higher! In 2014, members of #Team45 set goals, spread the word, and saved lives, raising an incredible $94,912.00 to benefit Action Against Hunger's lifesaving nutrition programs. Thank you for your support!
So, how does that translate to lives saved? The money you raised so far has helped us reach 2,109 children around the world!
Photo: ACF-Philippines, D. Moyer
An End to Hunger is Closer Than You Think
Hunger claims some three million young lives every year, but for the first time in history, game-changing solutions are within our reach. Using ready-to-use therapeutic foods, we can now treat children at home, and save lives at a scale never before imagined.
Thanks to ready-to-use therapeutic foods, we know how to fight deadly hunger. Thanks to your support, we’re one step closer to winning the fight.
Photo: ACF-Niger, S. Hauenstein Swan
#Team45 Success Stories
Your generosity has helped 2,109 children receive lifesaving nutrition — children like Hussein, an 11-month-old boy in Liberia; Prahlad, a toddler in India; Aatif, a young boy in Pakistan; and Felix and Julius, twin boys in Kenya. Learn more about their struggle with deadly hunger, and how your support helped transform their lives.
Photo: ACF-India, S. Das
Hussein Gets Treatment During Crisis
Since summer 2014, the Ebola virus has swept through West Africa, claiming thousands of lives, crippling health systems, halting trade, and reducing food production. It is estimated that this year, rates of food insecurity and malnutrition will spike as the effects of the virus make it harder for parents to feed their children.
One such child is 11-month-old Hussein, who was spared from Ebola but not malnutrition. He was admitted to an Action Against Hunger-supported health center in Clara Town, Liberia, and received treatment to regain his health.
Photos: ACF-Liberia, A. Varraine-Leca
Prahlad Regains His Strength
Despite its status as an economic powerhouse, India has the largest number of children suffering from malnutrition in the world. One of those children is Prahlad, who at nearly two years old weighed less than 10 pounds. Prahlad’s mother Rekha said, “Prahlad no longer played. He lost his strength.”
Rekha brought her son to a nearby nutrition treatment center that she heard about from a community health worker. At the treatment center, Prahlad was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and given a regimen of therapeutic foods. After a full course of treatment, he regained his strength and, by the time he returned home, was laughing again.
Photos: ACF-India, S. Das
Help for Aatif and His Father
Little Aatif was suffering from diarrhea and a fever when his father, Abdul Hameed, brought him to a local health center. There, a neighbor encouraged Abdul to take Aatif to an Action Against Hunger-supported health center in Sindh, Pakistan, where he could get the help he needed to recover.
While Aatif was receiving nutrition treatment at the health center, our staff showed his father how to access clean water and improve the hygiene conditions in their house so Aatif can remain healthy when he returns home after treatment. Aatif is now gaining weight, and his family’s quality of life is getting better, too.
Photos: ACF-Pakistan, courtesy Blackbox Sounds
A Bright Future for Felix and Julius
Regina is the sole caretaker for her twin boys, Felix and Julius. After her husband’s death, she struggled to provide for her sons. At six months, she noticed they were not gaining weight, and one of them had gotten sick with diarrhea. A woman in her community of South Pokot, Kenya, urged her to seek help at a health center supported by Action Against Hunger.
In the health center, Felix and Julius received therapeutic nutrition treatment and quickly gained weight. The twins are now healthy and back home with their mother, who is once again hopeful about their future. Regina says, “I am so happy my children can now smile and play.”
Photos: ACF-Kenya. E. Chepkwony
Together, We Saved a Lot of Lives in 2014
You've just met some of the children whose lives are healthier thanks to your outstanding support. But they're not the only ones. In 2014, #Team45 members like you helped us reach thousands of children in need, and on behalf of all of them, we thank you!
#Team45 is an ongoing campaign, and together, we can save even more children from deadly hunger in 2015.
Help us reach our next goal: to save 2,700 children by March 31st! We know you're up to the challenge!
Thanks to you, we’ve surpassed our goal for 2014. And with your continued support, we know we'll reach our next goal together!
Photo: ACF-Philippines, D. Burgui
Your Support Goes Further
As fundraisers, you're committed to ending deadly hunger. So are we. That's why we make sure the money you raise goes where it's needed most. In 2013, we spent $0.92 of every donated dollar on our lifesaving programs:
So you can feel good that you're not only supporting a vital cause, but a great organization as well!
But don't just take our word for it: a number of independent watchdogs offer annual assessments of our agency’s ﬁscal and organizational health.
We've earned four stars from Charity Navigator for our financial transparency and efficiency for seven consecutive years. Only 2% of non-profits earn this distinction.
Photo: ACF-Niger, S. Hauenstein Swan
Thank You, #Team45!
The stories we've shared with you show how your efforts help save lives. Share them with your friends, family, and campaign supporters so they can see how they helped make a difference, too.
Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve accomplished your fundraising goal, we’re so grateful to have you on our team. On behalf of the children we help and our dedicated staff around the globe, thank you!
Special Thanks to Our #Team45 Leaders!
- Steve and Alex saved 185 lives
- Lauren saved 178 lives
- Erik and Friends saved 157 lives
- The Leaders Journey 20 Team saved 131 lives
- Charlotte saved 96 lives
- Alastair saved 72 lives
- Erick and Amelia saved 68 lives
- Allen and Daniel saved 47 lives
- Jerry saved 38 lives
- Raymond saved 35 lives
Want to become a #Team45 Leader in 2015? Check out these five steps to fundraising success and start saving lives!
Photo: ACF-Burkina Faso, D. Moyer. Cover photo: ACF-Kenya, S. Hauenstein Swan