Food for the Underpriviledged

by Ammarah Ali on 2nd December, 2011 at 4:32 AM CEST

Sunken eyes, pale skin, legs and arms like sticks, bloated stomach, and muscle wasting; these are some of the features of those unfortunate who do not have either enough or anything at all, to eat. Malnutrition, hunger and starvation are major risks to health worldwide resulting, ultimately, in death.

You will be surprised that around the globe:

  • 925 million people, do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing countries
  • Under nutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries
  • 0.9 million children, under five, die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths

Photo by Kevin carter

Throughout the world countless efforts are being done by the countries and welfare organizations to eradicate this menace. For example:

  • The best example of recent advancement of political, social and organizational cooperation in fighting hunger and malnutrition is of Thailand which has decreased its prevalence of underweight from over 50%in 1982 to 10% in 1996.( Download pdf: Ending malnutrition by 2020: an agenda for change in the millennium)
  • Also agricultural-nutrition advantage project was launched in 29 countries in Africa from 2001 to 2004 and achieved remarkable success within a relatively short time by linking agriculture and nutrition communities. (Download pdf: The Agriculture-Nutrition-Advantage)

Similarly what we need now are projects that will make the underprivileged stable on their own two feet rather than be dependent on simple food distribution and for that it is necessary that they should educated and taught how to be self sufficient.

There’s a saying: ‘Give man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime’- (Chinese proverb)

Here are some tips as to how you can help them:

  • Give them food in return of their services or work. World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food by introducing different kind of projects like Food for assets, School meals, Cash and vouchers.
  • Provide tools of trade for earning, on easy installments, to those unemployed, because generally, most underprivileged people belong to the unemployed class of society. For example, provide a sewing machine or tools of crafts to a woman.
  • Help them to grow fruits and vegetables themselves in their own backyard. Provide them with materials such as fertilizers and seeds.

For Those people (1) Who do not have any land or (2) Have land with infertile soil, techniques such as hydroponics and aeroponics (which are methods for growing plants without soil using nutrient solutions and alternative growing mediums) can be used. Singapore is now producing food from its residential and commercial rooftops through these methods. These techniques are used, according to global gardening project, by over 1000000 household in US for food production.

If successfully implemented, not only we will be able to provide food to them but also will provide a source of income for them. So let’s work together in bringing smiles on those faces =D

~ Ammarah, C:F Action Team #7, Health Saviours

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Kaushal Joshi

Kaushal Joshi | Action team

Dear Ammarah , really this dragon of malnutrition is very powerful n dangerous.. If we do not to enough on this front, ten years down the road we might still be saying the same thing...

Motivating attitude by Thailand..nice sharing !!

My best wishes to you for success in this mission of enhancing the effectiveness/consciousness of people towards this burning issue through this knowledge sharing. :)

2nd December, 2011 @ 6:50 AM CEST



Very good idea and of course I will joi you in putting smiles on the underpriviledged children.

Your idea is almost similar to my youth4youth idea.

2nd December, 2011 @ 9:44 AM CEST

Jennifer Ali

Jennifer Ali

Good to see Pakistani students are participating. Your article is very helpful. Keep up the good work.

5th December, 2011 @ 1:36 PM CEST

Reshma Surve

Reshma Surve | Action team

good work dear...!

8th December, 2011 @ 9:44 AM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Thank you Ammarah, you make a very strong point in your article!

a year ago I heard something similar from a young leader from Africa, that there is no solution so long that these regions are perceived in developed countries as "exporters of misery" and importers of charity.

For sure the change is on the way!

10th December, 2011 @ 8:16 PM CEST

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