St George’s National School Supports Christian Aid’s ‘Bites Back at Hunger’ Campaign

May 14, 2013 0

Pupils of St George’s National School, Balbriggan, joined Christian Aid Ireland’s ‘Bite Back at Hunger’ campaign for Christian Aid Week (12-18 May 2013). The local school children learned about world hunger and also held a photo shoot to raise awareness of how hunger is affecting children like them in poor nations.

St George's National School children support Christian Aid's 'Bite Back at Hunger' campaign

St George’s National School children support
Christian Aid’s ‘Bite Back at Hunger’ campaign

This year Christian Aid Week, a week of fundraising events to end global poverty, is focused on urging the public to ‘bite back at hunger’ and ask why, in a world where there is enough food for everyone, 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every night?

Hunger is the world’s biggest health risk. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. In developing countries, a third of all child deaths are linked to hunger. But tackling hunger with sustainable solutions has long-term benefits. Nourished women have healthier babies, reducing hunger helps economies grow and it builds a safer and more secure world.

Rosamond Bennett, CEO of Christian Aid Ireland, said: ‘With 1 in 8 people in the world going to bed hungry every night, Christian Aid Week offers the public the opportunity to bite back at hunger. The money raised will help poor communities around the world grow more food by adapting to climate change and securing land rights, so they can meet their immediate food needs.

Skha Ndlovu, chair of the market garden group, taking kale to the processing centre

Skha Ndlovu, chair of the market garden
group, taking kale to the processing centre

‘By taking part in Christian Aid Week people here can make a real difference to those trapped in poverty in developing countries across the world. We are also excited to see young people in Ireland learning more about development and the challenges young people like them face in developing countries.’

This year’s Christian Aid Week highlights how many of the organisations it works with are helping communities to grow their way out of hunger.

In Zimbabwe the Dabane Trust is helping families in the drought-prone area of Matabeleland South to adapt to the changing climate. In 2011 more than 70% of households in the area did not harvest enough food to last them for a year, and most had to reduced their meals to one per day.

The Dabane Trust worked with these families to adapt their farming methods in order to cope with the increasingly arid environment. By building a sand dam on a dry river bed they were able to secure a constant supply of water. Two market gardens with water holes now provide the community with much needed clean and safe water for them and their crops.

A Processing Centre, where food grown by the community is processed and packaged, was set up, complete with a cold storage unit to keep perishables fresh. Farmers pay a small membership fee but can now earn more from their crops. The whole community has benefited as they can now grow more food, buy locally-produced foods and eat greens in the winter months, providing them with a more nutritious and varied diet throughout the year.

Christian Aid Week is also highlighting success stories of the work local organisations are supporting in Bolivia and Kenya. These and more inspiring information is available on www.caweek.ie.

To donate to Christian Aid Week, give online at www.caweek.ie , or call 01 775 8080.

Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.ie