Full Hearts and Empty Stomachs
When Malnutrition Strikes Fragile Lives
Roshni is a 19-year-old, soon-to-be mother of three, and there is absolutely nothing she wouldn’t do for her little ones. The love she has for them is unconditional and ever growing… but Roshni is afraid.
Afraid for the future, afraid for her children and afraid of the uncertainty that poverty brings her family. She fears what will happen to herself and her children, especially the one growing inside her, if they go without food much longer.
Roshni recalls the birth of her first two children as severely difficult. With only a midwife to help her through the labour, complications arose. She was so weak from malnutrition, that it took every last ounce of her strength to give birth to her sons. She had no money for medicine or hospital visits to help her through her pregnancy, but despite this she traces her troubles back to lack of food.
“We would have good times, if we had good food,” Roshni says, “I would be sturdy, so my babies would be strong.”
Through training, you could empower Roshni to learn new skills and provide food for her family, just like she has always fought to do. Just £300 could provide Training for a Mother like Roshni – and the UK government will DOUBLE your donation, making it £600, to help more mothers in Kenya.
The love Roshni has for her unborn child is already overwhelming, but she worries that they might not survive this birth. Day by day, she grows weaker from malnourishment, and simply functioning in her everyday life has become a difficult chore.
Living well below the poverty line, Roshni’s family hardly has anything to eat. She is no stranger to hunger, but it is agony watching her children go to sleep with empty stomachs and knowing their new little brother or sister might be faced with the same hungry nights.
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of death for 3.1 million children each year. In Pakistan alone, over 400,000 babies die before their first birthday.
Roshni and her family cannot battle malnutrition, and its debilitating effects, alone. She needs our support; her children need our support. When a mother gets proper nutrition, it sets off a chain reaction in her children; they become stronger, healthier and have so many more opportunities afforded to them in this life. When children are well nourished, they are less likely to contract a life-threatening illness or disease. They can grow and flourish and go on to do amazing things.
Our Fragile Lives appeal is committed to providing support for mothers and babies in Pakistan, just like Roshni and her children. You could help supply life-saving aid to families this Ramadan, making a big difference for generations to come.
For £300, you could provide a Mum with the tools she needs to break free of the poverty cycle through our sustainable livelihood programme, which will be DOUBLED to £600 by the UK government, so that we can help even more mothers like Roshni and their children.
Exposure to malnutrition can cause stunted physical growth and delayed cerebral development, as well a whole host of other disabilities. After the age of two or three, the effects of malnourishment become permanent, and will have damaged a child for life.
We can reach these children and their mothers before it’s too late. This Ramadan, we can open our hearts to understand their hunger, we can acknowledge malnutrition for the crisis it is and we can take action against it.
For a donation of £50, you can help feed mothers and babies with nutritious meals by providing them with a Mum and Baby Food Basket. This food basket will supply an entire family with nutrient rich food for a whole month, and will be DOUBLED to £100 this Ramadan by the UK government!
Mothers who are educated and well trained in important life skills have healthier families. They can provide essential nourishment, and a household income that will give their children a better life. Our Fragile Lives appeal equips mothers with the training they need to break out of the poverty cycle.
£300 can provide women with training in agricultural methods, animal protection, bee-keeping, drought resistant farming and water preservation, which they can use to set up their own businesses and feed their families for years to come. The UK government will DOUBLE your donation to £600, so we can train even more mothers!
You can make mothers like Roshni food secure for life by providing them with the education and training they need to become self-sufficient. You will be supplying them with more than a simple meal, you will be giving them a set of skills that they can use to help themselves and their families.
To make a truly enormous impact this Ramadan, you can donate towards our Fragile Lives Nutrition Support Centres. Our Nutrition Support Centres offer vital nutritional care and treatments for around 1,000 extremely malnourished children and babies each year.
These Centres also provide general healthcare services for 100,000 people in the surrounding communities. Nutrition Support Centres are all equipped with professionally trained staff, medication and supplements, medical kits and continual training for all staff members. You can help fund one of our Centres for an entire year for a donation of £35,000 – or contribute by helping the entire Medical Team for a month, for only £500.
The most wonderful part about donating to Fragile Lives this Ramadan, is that for every single donation we receive, the UK government will match it, £ for £!
Step up and fight malnutrition with Penny Appeal today by making a donation to our Fragile Lives appeal. Fill your hearts this Ramadan, as you help save defenceless mothers and babies during this holy month.
Every donation helps to put food on the tables of those who need it most, gives mothers the tools they need to become independently food secure or aides in curing the ailments caused by malnutrition. Take the fear of malnutrition and starvation away from expecting mothers like Roshni; help provide their children with nourishment and help us turn fragility into strength.
Every donation will be DOUBLED by the UK government this month, so take the time to help feed hungry mothers and babies this Ramadan.
WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2019