Children & The Elderly:
Our work focuses on strengthening nutritional education and making quality food available for children and the senior population.
Hunger hurts everyone, but it is especially devastating for children. Hunger deprives our youth of more than just food. With empty stomachs there is little energy to focus, engage, learn and grow.
Even in a developed country such as the USA, 1 in 6 children worry about when they’ll have their next meal, despite existing government aid and programs such as food stamps, hunger is still a major concern.
Children are the most visible victims of poor nutrition. Black et al (2013) estimate that poor nutrition in the aggregate, —(including fetal growth restriction, stunting, wasting, and deficiencies of vitamin A and zinc along with sub optimum breastfeeding)—is a cause of 3.1 million child deaths annually.
Elderly insecurities increase with food deprivation. Referring to an article written on the website “www.andjrnl.org/ article/S0002-822”, between 8% and 16% (2.5 to 4.9 million) of the senior population have experienced food insecurities.
Federal programs in the USA to combat food insecurity reach only one-third of the elderly in need, where hunger and poverty are linked directly to malnutrition.
The multifaceted nature of elderly malnutrition cuts across all economic, racial, and ethnic groups. Malnourished patients experience 2 to 20 times more medically related complications, have up to 100% longer hospital stays, which result in accruing hospital costs $2,000 to $10,000 higher per stay.
While in the Sub-Sahara region, there is no opportunity for government to combat such issues related to the condition of poor economic development and climatic consequences.
NGMFoundation and Young Women:
Fewer than 20 percent of African women have access to education.
Our programs will begin to empower young women to participate more in the social and economic life of their communities by expanding their access to education and training, while promoting economic opportunity and job creation,
We believe that a community can only reach its full potential by involving everyone in its social and economic life, even when some Africa countries still are not ready to accept gender equality.
Our vision, specifically in Africa and in many developing countries, is a world where young women will be able to get enough, or at minimum, adequate education so they can be equally represented in all sectors, at all levels of leadership, and where every woman, no matter which tribe or race she is from, has the chance to live up to her full potential.
When young women are educated, their children and families prosper. Even when school starts at late age, and far beyond the average, it can increase a young women's wages by about 15 percent. Raising the participation of a women in secondary education, can be linked to increases in economic growth.
When women participate in the economy of their community, poverty decreases and there are visible lifestyle changes.
Today 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat regularly. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016.
Does the world produce enough food to feed everyone? Yes, the world produces enough food to feed everyone. The principal problem is that many people in the world still do not have sufficient income to purchase (or land to grow) enough food. The World Bank has estimated that there were 896 million poor people in developing countries who lived on $1.90 a day or less in 2011. 2.2 billion people live on less than US $2 a day today.
While in the developing Third World Countries, the poor people live on less than $1.20 . The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimated that 239 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa were hungry. The U.N. Millennium Project reported that over 40 percent of all Africans are unable to regularly obtain sufficient food.
NGM Foundation is using all it’s resources to improve food and nutritional security for children and the elderly, and focus on the hunger issue making it a priority to help those who are victim.
In Chad, Central Africa Republic, Cameroon, and others, children required food aid assistance to survive, and by realizing “Free Kid’s Food”, Markets for poor farmers, will increase their incomes and strengthen their communities.
The World Food Program says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world.
One billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
According to Gallup World, in 2013, the 10 countries with the highest proportion of residents living in extreme poverty were all in Sub-Saharan Africa, and today the number of people in extreme poverty has increased. According to the World Bank, those living on $1.25-a-day accounted for 48.5 percent of the population in that region.
Hunger also causes poor health, small body size, low levels of energy, and reductions in mental functioning.
Hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people’s ability to work and learn, thus ballooning into even greater hunger, therefore reducing population growth rates, which have dropped substantially over the last 50 years.
Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty--That's less than one quarter of the income of the world's top 100 richest billionaires.