“Millions of people around the world risk dying of hunger, and the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are increasing the threat, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said.” [Source: africa.cgtn.com]
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations, more than 820 million people worldwide were already suffering from undernourishment. Many such people survive on as little as one meal a day. Not only does this result in numerous negative health effects, in the case of school children it also affects their concentration and ability to learn. This means that under-nutrition has a direct effect on a country’s economic potential.
In the Free Food for All campaign of our international Movement of Life project, we teach people about the health-promoting properties of fruits and vegetables and help them set up school and community gardens where they can grow food to feed themselves, their families and friends. Instead of expecting their futures to depend upon aid money from the big global institutions and international aid charities, we teach people how to help themselves. After experiencing the benefits of an improved diet, many people are inspired to set up their own gardens at home.
The philosophy behind our Free Food for All campaign can be summarized by adapting an old saying: If you give a person some food, you feed them for a day. But if you teach them to produce their own food, you feed them for life.
To read about the recent launch of a new community gardening project by our Movement of Life team in Uganda, see this article on our website.
To learn how the Movement of Life is improving the health and lives of disadvantaged young people in Ghana through school and community gardening projects, read this article on our website.