Approximately 870 million people go to bed at night hungry i.e. 1 in 8 people go to bed each night without food (source: FAO 2012). Knowing this, I felt I needed to become part of a movement to end hunger. I could no longer ignore the fact that so many people, including children, go to bed at night plagued by chronic hunger.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world’s top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. (Source: UNAIDS, 2010; WHO, 2011). Hunger is the single biggest solvable problem facing the world today.
My patronage of Rise Against Hunger Southern Africa, is in support of the initiatives in Southern Africa ensuring that children especially do not suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition. Further, their model of partnering with other NGOs and donors to find a holistic solution to hunger and education is sustainable and to be applauded. Rise Against Hunger Africa pays a pivotal and vital role in ensuring that children obtain an education whilst being hunger free. The Mandela Day Meal Packaging Event also gives recognition to the efforts of my late husband and the first democratically elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. There can be no greater joy than acknowledging that each year, our efforts with Rise Against Hunger continue to nurture and feed hungry children whilst ensuring their education.
Their reach is throughout the African continent and is especially felt in disaster and emergency situations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
I encourage you to continue supporting this worthy organisation to continue helping hungry children grow up, be educated and to reach their potential as citizens of Africa.