Feeding the Future: Alleviating the Hunger Crisis [Photo Essay]
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger is mounting worldwide. Young children and women are most at risk. For millions of families, the safety net is gone. Children are most vulnerable to malnutrition. The first 1,000 days from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday is a critical time of rapid physical and cognitive development. Helen Keller is tackling the hunger and malnutrition crisis with interventions that are simple, affordable, and most importantly, effective. Timely diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition is critical. Our community-based model ensures that children are diagnosed early and treated on the spot, rather than having to travel to a distant health center. Vitamin A saves lives. We deliver vitamin A-rich foods and supplements to children under five years of age to forestall vision loss and blindness, and strengthen fragile immune systems. Women are at the heart of Helen Keller’s hunger interventions. We provide healthcare and nutrition counseling to ensure that mothers can keep their infants – and themselves – strong. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need more nutrients to ensure a healthy child and to protect themselves. Helen Keller Intl delivers vital multivitamins to vulnerable women. We support women with the education and supplies to raise nutrient-rich foods, helping to build food security and financial resilience in this crisis – and beyond. The climate crisis threatens the very same communities where malnutrition is on the rise. Helen Keller helps families evolve gardening and farming as temperatures rise to build food security and financial resilience for both crises. As the hunger crisis continues, history is being written. Helen Keller is proud to be joined by a generous, global community of supporters who are committed to helping families reach their true potential.
For millions of people across the globe, safety and assurance have disappeared. Helen Keller Intl partners with governments and community organizations to bring life-saving solutions to those who need them most. Thanks to our global community of supporters, we’re able to do more by empowering women, children and families as we fight hunger in the wake of the pandemic. Click through our photo essay to see what we’re doing on the ground to alleviate the urgent hunger and malnutrition crisis.