Google's 2014 Fall Hunger Campaign was a huge success!
Googlers across the globe hit one moonshot after another, racing to save lives, build healthier communities and create sustainable solutions to hunger around the world.
You and your fellow Googlers raised $869,268* to benefit Action Against Hunger's lifesaving programs.
Thank you for your support!
(*Includes corporate match)
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization on a mission to end deadly hunger. We save the lives of severely malnourished children and help communities become self-sufficient in more than 40 countries worldwide.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to hunger, so we take a holistic approach, tackling both immediate threats and the root causes of hunger, like lack of clean water and dietary diversity. That’s why we asked Googlers to help us Give, Generate, and Grow:
Who did you help?
You’ve helped people all over the world, from malnourished children in Pakistan, to displaced families from Northern Iraq, to mothers struggling to feed their children in Burkina Faso. Read on to hear their stories.
Photo: ACF-Kenya, M. Francia
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. Nosheen’s system was too weak to handle normal meals, so at the health center, she received treatment with ready-to-use therapeutic food, a nutrient-dense paste that’s specially formulated to help children recover from severe malnutrition. She’s now gaining weight and is on the road to a full recovery.
Since January 2014, more than 2.1 million people across Iraq have been displaced by escalating conflict—900,000 of whom have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, in the nation’s north. We’ve scaled up our programs in the region to respond to the growing needs of displaced families, including providing them with water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.
Access to safe water and sanitation is essential to help prevent malnutrition and waterborne illnesses in the camps and public spaces where families are taking refuge. Our teams are installing and maintaining water taps, building showers and latrines, promoting healthy hygiene habits, and strengthening water networks.
In a rural village in Burkina Faso, many families used to struggle with hunger because their diets weren’t diverse or nutritious. To address these issues, Action Against Hunger helped local women establish a community garden. We provided the participants with the seeds, tools, and training they needed to grow diverse and healthy crops.
Now, the garden is thriving. Women harvest onions, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, and many other crops to feed their families. Ouoaba Pouguidiba, president of the community garden initiative, tells us, “The most important thing is that our children are much happier now. Our children are stronger, they smile more, they get over illnesses faster, and they grow faster. Malnutrition is gone in our community, thanks to Action Against Hunger.”
You've just seen some of the children, families and communities who are healthier thanks to your support. But they're not the only ones. Your support helps us reach more people in need around the world. And when you give to Action Against Hunger, you know your money is going 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-Philippines, D. Moyer
Your generosity, commitment, and enthusiasm has helped create sustainable solutions to hunger for thousands of people worldwide. That's incredible! On behalf of the communities we serve and our dedicated field staff around the globe, we thank you!
Photo: ACF-Burkina Faso, V. Vancura