The world has enough food to feed the entire population of the globe. However, each ninth person around the world goes hungry. The problem is especially acute for Central Africa, it is still the country with the highest level of poverty.
Getting stunted is the least consequence for a kid who grows in hunger. If we truly defeat hunger and malnutrition by 2050 as planned by the United Nations, almost 3 million people would have a better living.
Why we have enough food but people are starving?
Among the basic reasons of hunger are poverty, food shortage, military conflicts, climate changes, lack of access for some people to good normal nutritious food, bad agricultural infrastructure, economic problems, food waste.
Yes, the reasons of hunger are rather complex and hard to prevent and eliminate. But no positive dynamics is ever achieved in the absence of action. Have you thought what you personally could do to contribute to the solution of this global problem? Do you realize that even the slightest desire to help others conceived by the majority is able to resolve this issue at a global scale?
Food insecurity problem effected by COVID-19
Covid-19 outbreak becomes another danger to worsen the problem of food insecurity. Experts say the pandemic is likely to almost double the number of people on the cusp of starvation globally by the end of 2020. 265 million of people can face the food insecurity problem compared to the current number of 135 people. This is roughly the population of each city and town in the USA combined!
The pandemic is disrupting the global food supply significantly almost at each level. The impact of the virus on people's ability across the world to feed themselves is devastating. Many harvests will not be consumed and get wasted because workers are restricted from travelling to farms and getting the crop out of safety concerns. Some meat processing plants got closed due to the pandemic too. Many restrictions were imposed on food transportation, farmers cannot obtain fertilizers and seeds for planting new crops on a timely basis, they cannot send crops to places which makes food more expensive and less affordable for people. Exports of food internationally is complicated as well. The problem is more about food supply than food shortages.
Under the collapse of the global economy caused by the pandemic those who struggled to feed themselves and their families are now experiencing the terrible situation, people get unemployed and starved. These problems are on the surface but others, involving health care system, housing etc., are unavoidably affected by COVID-19 too. People who starved yesterday may die right now. And not from the virus but the inability to provide themselves with food. The threat to their lives – millions of children among them – is becoming tremendous.
Poor yesterday, almost dead today
135 million people living in fifty-five countries suffered from hunger right before the coronavirus pandemic. The reasons were conflicts, climate changes and economic crises. Under the influence of COVID-19, the number of starving people is going to double to 265 million. It sounds like a catastrophe and it honestly is. Those who already were on the edge are now pushed over the edge. Even if they have an access to food, they can hardly afford it.
People living in conflict zones and refugee camps are at higher risk. Under the disrupted flow of trade millions of people in need cannot even receive humanitarian aid. The worst scenario forecasts 80 million people in countries dependent on food import to be starving as a result of the pandemic, the mildest scenario predicts 40 million people to be affected. It all depends on how hard the virus destroys the global economy.
It goes without saying, that the coronavirus affects a school meal just like any other meal in a poor family. Young children are facing food insecurity to an extent unprecedented in modern times. Parents can't feed their kids and have no hope that the situation will improve in the nearest future. Starving children today may inflict long-lasting psychological damage and affect educational attainment. The pandemic can make the younger generation less educated, weaker and less psychologically stable. Chronic conditions like anemia and asthma may become more frequent.
Safe Nation to save lives
Safe Nation is an organization that helps victims of cataclysms – children and their families – to recover and come to normal life with help of support coming from across the globe. Those who wish to help but cannot do it financially may become a volunteer and take part in different specially organized supportive events. The mission of volunteers is extremely important. In the framework of Corona Street project, they bring food and goods of prime necessity to those who live below the poverty line now. The pandemic along with other natural disasters has made the economic situation stalemate. Children in the most affected countries do not have enough nutritious food, medical support, normal education, many of them have to survive on the streets. Safe Nation exists and works to give them a helping hand. Our team with your support can provide these children with the better future.
Why do people need your help like never before
Just some figures to depict the horrible reality faced by people living below the poverty line:
34 out of 1000 Asian kids die before their fifth birthday – mostly due to causes that could be prevented.
770 thousand children aged from 5 to 12 years old do not go to school. The reasons include poverty, disability, migration, social exclusions, child labor etc.
The pandemic deprived over a million of people of work. Parents have lost a source of income and cannot feed their children anymore. This resulted in the growth of criminal activity and poverty. 1,7 million people have been affected only in South Asian countries.
Give these people a chance to believe their future could be saved. Give them hope with your own contribution. Any help – financial or not – is highly valuable! You never know what may happen tomorrow with you and when you may find yourself in a hard situation. Stability can be illusory. If you feel you can help, do not miss a chance to save someone's life. What can you personally do to contribute to the solution of this problem? First of all, you can donate money to the realization of the project Corona Street. You can become a volunteer and help in places. You can subscribe to our news and spread information to let others know they can help children's lives by participation in the project. Any initiative – even the smallest one – is another step to the solution of the global problem.
Our activities are being taken in Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Pakistan. We are distributing medical supplies and relief to many people in need. And we are happy that the project keeps growing!
Together we can change the future of the humankind and strengthen the faith in humanity. Do not be indifferent. Kindness always returns to those who are kind to other people. We appreciate any help and strongly believe that unique people like you can save this planet.