Good afternoon, today I want to present you someone. His name is Peter Mumo, he is 25 years old and he is from Kenya. He went to university and nowadays he is working in an Agrochemical and Fertilizer Development company in Nairobi as the development manager. His future does look optimistic, doesn´t it? Well, now he can say he is happy and that he has everything he always wanted: he can afford food and provide all his basic needs. But this has not always been the same. He was born in a family with not enough income to cover the basic needs of the eight family members. They did not have enough food, nor sufficient water. They had no electricity, no good house, no clothing, they struggled to live. He told us that they lived on a single meal per day that consisted of mixture of maize and beans. Beans were scarce and expensive and so the number of beans in the mixture was extremely small. Most of the available beans would be reserved for the youngest siblings. His whole family suffered from malnutrition and this led to a lot of health problems such as the total exposure to the malaria disease. He was one of the lucky children who could benefit from a ´´ school feeding program´´. In his school, all the students would get a cup of porridge for breakfast and 5 biscuits for the evening. He describes this as one of the best things that could have ever happened because then his parents did not have to worry so much about the meals, and could focus on other problems. He believes that his meals gave him energy and a reason to work hard and hope for the future. The program also helped him build up his immune system.
Like Peter, there are millions of families that struggle to live every day. According to the Hunger Project, today there are eight hundred fifteen million people who do not have enough to eat. Most people believe that the place where the hunger is the worst is in Africa, but it is not, it is in Asia with five hundred twenty million people. Half of the deaths in children is attributed to undernutrition, which supposes about 3 million young lives a year. 66 million primary school age children attend classes hungry and the WFP calculates that $3.2 billion would be needed per year to reach the 66 million hungry school children.
How can we help? There are a lot of ways that we can help, we can donate money of course, but there are other alternatives that do not involve the economical factors. Let´s see some of them: We could Share information in your social profiles, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.. Reconsider what we eat. 50% of the food that is produced is lost, we do note at, leftover, they are not as attractive as they should be…. So we should start thinking about it. Finally, join an association or NGO such as Manos Unidas or Unicef for example, it is a way of getting involved with the problem and be as informed as possible.
People have to know about this situation, we should stop acting like this problem does not affect us. Human beings die every day because they are hungry, whereas in other parts of the world we waste the food. We need to open the eyes and HELP.