Every day too many men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 690 million people still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Acute food insecurity affected 135 million people in 55 countries in 2019. One in three suffer from some form of malnutrition.
Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is one of the great challenges of our time. Not only do the consequences of not enough, or the wrong food cause suffering and poor health, they also slow progress in many other areas of development like education and employment.
The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI) together with its partners like Innercity Mission for Children (ICM) and various sponsors works tirelessly towards achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDG). Through its initiatives, COFI seeks to offer structured support for impoverished children across the world in order to guarantee access to qualitative education, medical care, physical and spiritual nourishment thus enabling them to lead normal, competitive, and useful lives in their communities and to live out their God-given destinies.
COFI believes in supporting strong foundations of community by promoting good governance, accountable leadership, and sustainable development in Africa and in other vulnerable parts of the world.
In 2015 the global community adopted the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to improve people’s lives by 2030. Goal 2 – Zero Hunger – pledges to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, and is the priority of the World Food Programme. Goal 4 – Quality Education – is working to ensure that all girls and boys receive completely free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.
The world has made great progress in reducing hunger but there is still a long way to go, and no one organization can achieve Zero Hunger if it works alone. If we want to see a world free of hunger by 2030, governments, citizens, civil society organizations, and the private sector must collaborate to invest, innovate, and create lasting solutions.
Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people cannot easily escape. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods. Two billion people in the world do not have regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food.
We all want our families to have enough food to eat what is safe and nutritious. A world with zero hunger can positively impact our economies, health, education, equality, and social development. It’s a key piece of building a better future for everyone. Additionally, with hunger limiting human development, we will not be able to achieve other sustainable development goals such as education, health, and gender equality.
Hunger is a universal problem that contributes to more than half of global child deaths, as undernutrition can make children more vulnerable to illness and disease. As you have your breakfast this morning, remember that child in an orphanage, in Internally Displaced Person’s camps, in underserved communities. They too need to eat. With just a tap on your mobile device from anywhere around the world, you can ensure that a needy child receives a meal with just $1 with the latest “Give A Meal” app, which was unveiled at the recent Humanitarian Action Conference (HAC) in Nigeria. Simply download the “Give A Meal” app on the Google Play Store or the Apple app stores and tap to donate today, you are not just providing meals for indigent children, you are also saving lives.
Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education
Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty. Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrollment rates at all levels, particularly for girls. Nevertheless, about 260 million children were still out of school in 2018 — nearly one-fifth of the global population in that age group. And more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.
In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, a majority of countries announced the temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91 percent of students worldwide. By April 2020, close to 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school. And nearly 369 million children who rely on school meals needed to look to other sources for daily nutrition.
Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time, disrupting learning and upending lives, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. The global pandemic has far-reaching consequences that may jeopardize hard-won gains made in improving global education.
LoveWorld International Office UK embarked on a “Back to School” Campaign, distributing Scholastic kits to 100 primary aged children in the London Borough of Lewisham. Many underprivileged households in Lewisham Borough have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 Global Pandemic resulting in 37% of children now living in poverty. Taking advantage of the half-term holidays, the International Office is this week working with local community centers to locate and distribute essential school packs to primary aged children within the community.