Love empowers: stories from around the world
In our work, we are lucky enough to see the empowering nature of love in some of the most challenging circumstances – how it can inspire us to do better and lift us up in times of crisis.
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In December 2013, conflict broke out in South Sudan, forcing 2.2 million people to abandon their homes in search of a safe place to stay. Poor harvests have followed, causing severe food shortages, and now there are warnings that the food crisis is set to worsen.
Unfortunately, babies and children are worst affected by the crisis. Currently in South Sudan one child in four is estimated to be malnourished. But, with your help, we are able to provide emergency food for children who would otherwise face starvation.
Your generous donations are helping to support 42 nutrition clinics in South Sudan. With your help, we’re screening all under-fives who come to our health facilities, to provide them with therapeutic food before they become severely malnourished.
When families arrive at our nutrition clinics we weigh the children. Then we measure their upper arm with a paper band, which immediately shows if they are dangerously malnourished. If so, the parents are given a supply of emergency food to help their child grow stronger and get back to a healthy weight. Amazingly, it cost less than €1 a day to provide emergency food for a malnourished child in South Sudan.
Having fled their homes, many families live in isolated, hard-to-reach areas and travel miles on foot in search of treatment for their malnourished children. For children who are desperately in need of treatment, your support is their last hope. Thank you for making this life-saving work possible.
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