African Children Charity Donations Feeding Our Future


It isn't uncommon to hear someone say, "Children are our future", but they are also our future leaders, future caretakers and also the elders of generations to come.

While feeding African children, or making a donation to a charity which helps to feed the children of Africa, can save many lives; nutrition is only helping their first step in the competitive human race.

How else can we help?

The Shocking Facts

It is estimated that there are 2.2 billion children in the world, while one out of every two of these 2.2 billion faces the daily strain of living in an environment stricken with poverty which affects their nutrition, education, health and life expectancy.

The seven lowest life expectancy countries in the world are all located in sub-Saharan Africa. The overall expectancy of sub-Saharan Africa has decreased significantly in the past decade due to the many adversities of a life of poverty, including the rampancy of AIDS playing a major role in the culling of potential life and slashing of expectancy figures.

Studies also show that progress over the past 20 yeas has not necessarily been fruitless, but it has been in the decline. In fact, one fourth of the world lives without the luxury of electricity, while over 80% of people on earth are said to live in countries in which the gap between the poor and the rich is said to be ever increasing.

Food and Nutrition

Not only lack of food, but lack of utensils and basic knowledge of nutrition are weaknesses of starving African children. Malnutrition can have lasting effects on the body, can stunt growth and cripple any chance of a normal adult life by rendering the malnourished disabled in years to come that's if the African children manage to fight starvation.

In fact, over 25% of the children living in developing countries (mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia) are said to be malnourished and underweight, while over a million die each year due to unsafe drinking water and terrible sanitation.

AIDS in Africa

The ongoing AIDS pandemic has claimed countless lives in Africa alone, while an estimated 12 to 15 million starving African children are left orphaned, unable to fend for themselves - a figure which isn't set to decrease any time soon.

The loss of their parents, sole providers and care takers, coupled with the trauma of the loss, can have detrimental effects on the African children.

Education

It was estimated that in 2005, over 72 million children under the age of 13 in developing countries where not enrolled in any form of school due to financial and social problems while a sixth of the world's population here unable to read or write at the dawn of the new millennium.

Skills Development

The old adage of teach a man to fish and he'll never go hungry' rings true, especially in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, where a simple skill such as fishing, painting, sewing or money management can create an opportunity for hope.

A lack of infrastructure and information means a lack of opportunity millions are living on the wrong side of the breadline, and they do not have the opportunity to earn what we would refer to as minimum wage. African starvation alleviation is simply not an option without at least a minimum income.