People are currently experiencing hunger
Of children have stunted growth from malnutrition
People globally cannot afford a healthy diet
Today, approximately 690 million people are undernourished and do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. These people—neighbors, friends, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers—are disproportionately susceptible to preventable illnesses, infant mortality, stunted physical development, and are hindered from economic growth as a direct result of their lack of adequate nutrition.
We understand that many factors contribute to the existence of hunger including social structures and unstable markets. People who rely on subsistence farming or low income jobs are disproportionately affected by changes in climate or inflation. On average, a healthy diet costs $3.75 per person per day. That is impossible to maintain for those who live at or below the poverty line, which is defined by the United Nations as living on less than $1.90/day The result is that 21.3% of children globally experience stunting due to malnutrition.
COVID-19 is magnifying a global hunger crisis. The disruptions to employment, supply chains, and access to food sources due to the pandemic may cause an additional 83 to 132 million people to experience hunger in 2021.
We work to raise awareness and support because we know that eliminating world hunger is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. When individuals living in poverty have increased access to food there is improvement in overall health, which allows for increased productivity and eventual escape from poverty. So far our projects target core issues that attribute to hunger through sustainable agricultural development, cultivating community gardens, training and nutrition education, and food programs. ODW and our partners have pioneered effective ways to impact communities, families, and individuals affected by hunger through 28 projects and counting.
People gained access to food
Sustainable food sources established
People provided nutrition education
Justine manages a "pay as you fetch" water kiosk, which is part of a larger water system that provides water services to 6,546 people across seven villages in Uganda through 300 on-plot connections, seven community tap stands, and seven water kiosks. “What makes me happy is giving service to my customers,” says Justine. With the extra income she now makes being a kiosk operator, she has enough money for food, to send all of her kids to school, and in the next year she hopes to save enough money to buy a cow.
In the Regali communities of rural Vietnam, eight out of ten households do not have an adequate bathroom facility. 86% of families have recurring tapeworms because of unsanitary conditions. Families are concerned about access to water–both for consumption and for important hygiene and sanitation practices to keep their families healthy. Our partnership with Catalyst Foundation constructed 20 new toilets, installed a 4-tank water filtration system, and educated over 250 people on hygiene and sanitation practices to empower Regali families with better health and reliable water!
Sergio is 12 years old and a student council representative at a school in rural Guatemala. As a leader, he loves teaching his peers what he has learned in the student council sessions, especially when it comes to health and hygiene. He shows them how to brush their teeth properly, wash their hands and reminds them to drink water every day. This year, Sergio helped lead a water campaign in his school. He taught his peers to choose water over sugary beverages. Sergio’s enthusiasm and confidence as a leader are helping his peers develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
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