Raise the Children: How Many Kids Lack Food in Africa?

How many kids lack food in Africa is one of the highly important questions that inspired us to create our Raise the Children program back in 2014. And the answer is, as of 2021, a staggering 59 million children in Africa suffer from stunting due to malnutrition. Also, 3.2 million children under the age of five die every year in the sub-Saharan region, which is about half of the world’s deaths in this age group. So, why is this happening? And how can we combat this tragic situation?

Why So Many Kids in Africa Lack Food

  • Severe natural disasters such as droughts hurt agriculture in many regions of Africa, making it extremely difficult to maintain animals and produce food.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, overpopulation is an enormous issue. As the number of people continues to grow incredibly rapidly, food production is unable to keep up.
  • Unfair trading structures are impacting parts of Africa. For example, EU and US subsidize domestic agriculture, so African farmers are not competitive with cheap food imports.
  • Many African countries’ high level of indebtedness and poor governance are blocking economic development. As a result, mass poverty and hunger bloom.
  • Armed conflicts within specific countries and deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and Ebola leave an estimated 32.1 million orphaned children in Africa. This, in turn, forces children to have to fend for themselves in a highly unforgiving landscape, often with little to no support.

How We Help the Children

Because of all these conditions, Embrace Relief has stepped in, supplying 130 vulnerable children in Africa across three orphanages in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the following:

  • Coverage of the orphanages’ costs for general necessities, such as charcoal, water, gas, and electric bills
  • Healthy food items such as rice, beans, wheat flour, maize flour, cooking oils, sugar, and various spices
  • Hygienic items such as bath soap, toothpaste, and disinfectants
  • Health insurance to protect against any unexpected, highly expensive medical services and costs due to serious accidents or illnesses
  • Funds for each individual child’s needs
  • Primary education for the children of the Galaxie Foundation Orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Donate to Kids Today

Please consider donating today to not just help a child in need, but 130 of them in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hopefully many more in the future! All the vital necessities we provide not only ensure these children survive and feel the love and support of someone who cares, but also give them the strong encouragement they need to pave bright, happy, and prosperous futures for themselves. And that, in turn, will help them contribute to their communities and lift areas of Africa out of extreme poverty.