Nutrition For Every Child
Each year, malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of deaths in children under the age of five in developing countries. Lack of nutritious food affects children’s physical and mental development.
Children suffer from stunting (low height for their age) and wasting (low weight for their height) and the effects are permanent. Being hungry also means kids can’t concentrate at school so they drop out. Without education, children are less likely to be able to earn a decent income when they become adults. As a result, the cycle of poverty continues
It does not have to be this way.
We believe and know that change is possible. Every child counts and every child should be given the best opportunity to survive. In a hunger emergency, aid agencies like World Vision try to help as many people as possible through feeding programs for children and by providing clean water and health services. But in the long term, it’s important to help communities develop better ways to grow crops, teach parents about good nutrition and provide opportunities for families to learn new ways to earn money, so if their crops fail, they won’t go hungry.