Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Save the Children - Food for thought

"More than 2 million children die every year because they can't get enough to eat. Many of those who survive are damaged for life.

 But IF world leaders tackle four IFs the world can give every child a life free from hunger.

 Save the Children's ground breaking report released today reveals:
The world has enough food for everyone, yet not everyone has enough food to live.
2 million children are dying every year because they don't have enough food to survive. Two million lives that could be saved and Save the Children, along with all of us, want that to change.

Malnourished children suffer in so many ways but did you know that the damaged to their brains caused by the lack of a stable diet can affect their ability to learn the things that we take for granted.

My little boy is 3 and a half years old. He is happy and healthy and receives a balanced, nutritional diet. A few months back he started learning to read and is now able to read first level reading books without help. He is discovering the magic of reading and being swept into a new world, exploring adventure through words, just as I did at his age.

My daughter is just under 2 years old and can recognise and spell her name, her brothers name and Mummy & Daddy, she can even write her own name.

Kasturi is an 8 year old girl who lives in India, she doesn't have enough food to eat, not enough to support her little body and brain in their development. One result of this malnourishment is that her ability to learn has really suffered. At 8 she can recognise and identify letters but struggles with words. She is schooled but unfortunately her teacher says is making no major improvement in her learning.

It's heartbreaking to think that a child 5 years older than my eldest child is unable to read and write as a result of lack of food. It really is Food for Thought...

Kasturi, 8, with her family, Andhra Pradesh, India. Photograph by Save the Children
The impact of the illiteracy crisis is huge on people and communities who are suffering and affected by it.

What can we do?

This issue affects us all, its our future, our children's future, take a look at the IF campaign page to see what you can do and sign the IF petition

BritMums are showing their support for Save the Children with a Twitter party today between 1pm & 2pm, you can join in and add your support to the conversation by using #foodforthought.


Nell Heshram said...

It's such a sad, stark contrast between your bright, nourished children and those whose parents want the best for their kids, but through no fault of their own can't give them what they need.

sarah at secret housewife said...

Well written. Thank you for coming over and commenting on my blog. This information is so horrendous. I hope Save the Children can be successful in their campaign. Good to meet you. Sarah x

kateonthinice said...

A really well structured post that gets the message across in a powerful way particularly by talking about your own children and reading.
Thank you for writing this on behalf of myself and Save the Children said...

Thank you, it's an honour to be involved and help in a little way. I truly hope these issues are resolved sooner rather than later, it's heart breaking x