The ongoing crisis of worldwide hunger is a concern all year round, but it’s particularly poignant during the month of Ramadan. An important tradition of Ramadan is fasting, abstaining from eating and drinking to provide space for self-reflection. Anyone who refrains from eating for most of their day can understand what it means to be hungry, how a lack of food can drain physical energy and mental spirit. For millions around the world, this is a daily, unavoidable reality. In sub-Saharan Africa, where hunger is prevalent, the impact hits hardest on children.
A staggering 234 million sub-Saharan Africans were undernourished in 2020, nearly a quarter of the population, representing the highest concentration of undernourished people in any region worldwide. Poverty, climate change, poor infrastructure, and conflict drive the hunger crisis in this part of the world, resulting in a desperate situation especially for millions of children. At least several hundreds of thousands of African children die of hunger-related causes each year, while one out of every four children under the age of 5 is underweight. Wasting (low weight for a child’s age) and stunting (low height for a child’s weight) affect millions, causing cascading, lifelong health issues for children who are chronically undernourished. Children who suffer from hunger also face significant mental health and educational challenges.
In 2021, your support enabled Embrace Relief to deliver much-needed food packages to more than 1,300 families across six African countries: Tanzania, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Mali. But we can do more, with your help. In the spirit of Ramadan, we humbly invite you to consider making a donation of any amount, big or small—every bit counts—to help us continue to ease the hunger of thousands in need.
Every food package goes directly to a family in need, benefitting their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and we at Embrace Relief thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, understanding, and generosity.