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The problem with hunger and malnutrition in Nigeria is more widespread and severe now than ever before. It has been estimated that the percentage of Nigerian households that are food insecure have risen from 18% since 1968, to over 40% in 1998, and over 70% in 2003. The statistics currently shows increase to over 80% in 2016 and 2018. Poverty, inadequate investment in the social sector, inadequate dietary intake, and disease has been identified as the major causes of malnutrition in the country. In the recent past, the extent of malnutrition has increased as a result of economic hardships, making it one of the important barriers to development. It is not only the result of insufficient intake or inappropriate feeding practices, but also a consequence of other conditions such as health care. Malnutrition is manifested mainly as under nutrition of macro- and micronutrients, specific dietary deficiency diseases, and diet-related non-communicable disease.
As a Not-for-Profit, Non-Governmental Organization, we are committed to fighting malnutrition and hunger, through programs that seeks to improve the nutritional intake of pregnant women, infants; students in primary and secondary schools, youths, the disabled, and the elderly, in underserved communities. We also provide food and non food items, and medical supplies to orphanages, and under-served at risk individuals on a monthly basis.
Our entrepreneurship training and job placement programs help our beneficiaries become more self-reliant. We are also committed to ensuring that our homes, schools, markets, motor parks and other public places are safe, to guarantee healthy developments of families through our Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives.
Since 2017 we have served up to 100 institutions and under-served communities in Imo State and over 3000 beneficiaries, namely, children between the ages of 0-16 years, youths, physically challenged, elderly, and vulnerable women in the rural communities. We currently, have over 200 registered volunteers on our database helping us with our work in Imo State and surrounding communities.
- To address the problem of Malnutrition in children under the age of 5 years, improve the nutrition intake of pregnant women and lactating mothers.
- To improve food security at the household and aggregate levels by guarantying that families have food on their table. Food that is adequate (both in quantity and quality) to meet the nutritional requirements for a healthy and active life.
- Promoting habits and activities that will reduce the level of malnutrition and improve the nutritional status of our beneficiaries.
- Promoting good, indigenous food cultures and dietary habits among women and children in the rural communities for healthy living and development.
- To enhance care-giving capacity within households with respect to child feeding and child care practices, as well as addressing the care and well-being of mothers
- To improve the capacity of Primary Healthcare Centers within Nigeria to address food and nutrition problems and to raise understanding of the problems of malnutrition in the underserved communities at all levels of society, especially with respect to its causes and possible solutions.
- To reduce the amount of food waste by promoting sustainable conservation and redistribution of excess food to the most vulnerable in the society.
- To end poverty and malnutrition; enable sustainable development in agriculture through farming, combat and adapt to climate change.
- To empower vulnerable individuals/groups/ communities with skilled jobs to put food on their tables.
- To be the first port of call for welfare and emergency relief for disaster victims by providing co-ordination and support in the distribution of foodstuff and relief items.
- To ensure that support and information are consistently available to help guaranty the appropriateness of emergency programs.
- To enlighten the public on the importance of good nutrition and healthy living. To accept donations of food, food-related product, money and other properties.
- To co-operate with other NGOs with similar objectives and to work with other groups towards a solution to the problem of poverty and chronic hunger in Nigeria.
- To ensure that households, schools, market places, motor parks and other public places have access to clean drinking water as well as befitting sanitary and hygiene facilities.