resPonse Action Against Hunger’s Quarterly newsletter | SPRING 2010
BUILDING CAPACITY IN D.R. CONGO
ACF partners with Ministry of Health staff to treat malnutrition
REBUILDING LIVES: RECOVERY IN UGANDA Families returning from exile get clean water and sanitation
THE VIEW FROM SOUTHERN SUDAN A report on the region’s food shortages and rising tensions
HAITI UPDATE: ACF Delivers Clean Water, Sanitation, & Nutrition to Thousands of Survivors Page 2
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We treAteD soMe 30,000 CAses oF seVere ACUte MALnUtrition in D.r. Congo LAst YeAr— tHe Most eVer treAteD BY ACF in A singLe CoUntrY.
THE IMAGES AND REPORTS POURING IN FROM OUR TEAM IN HAITI WERE GUT WRENCHING: A major city flattened,
vital infrastructure destroyed, hundreds of thousands dead, and more than a million left homeless. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, including an ACF staff member killed during the earthquake, as we continue to do what we can to help these communities recover. During a crisis of this magnitude, it’s crucial that humanitarian aid arrives as quickly as possible. Delays of even a few hours can mean the difference between life and death. Thanks to our expertise preparing for these types of emergencies, the generosity of our supporters, and our more than 25 years of experience in Haiti, Action Against Hunger had the capacity and resources to act swiftly. We were one of the first to provide drinking water after the earthquake struck, setting up distribution stations for over 75,000 people in Port-au-Prince and establishing water treatment centers throughout the capital and surrounding areas. Our life-saving services have since reached thousands of people with nowhere else to turn, including mothers who rely on us for support and a secure place to feed their infants. While the world’s eyes were turned to Haiti, crises in other parts of the world also claimed our attention. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, we uncovered some of the highest rates of acute malnutrition we have ever seen while carrying out routine nutrition surveys in two southern regions. As detailed in our lead article (see page 4), our strategy focuses on strengthening local institutions to detect and treat outbreaks of acute malnutrition. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, we treated nearly 30,000 cases of severe acute malnutrition in D.R. Congo last year—the most ever treated by ACF in a single country. Meanwhile, in northern Uganda, where hundreds of thousands of people displaced by two decades of violent conflict are returning home, Action Against Hunger is bringing clean water and sanitation to villages where infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed. And just over the border, in southern Sudan, we’re feverishly working to help families facing severe food shortages generate income and provide for the most vulnerable. Thanks to your continued support and the commitment of our unflagging staff who serve under very difficult, and often dangerous, conditions, Action Against Hunger is able to respond to crises when they arise and help entire communities fight hunger and get back on their feet. We hope you enjoy the latest issue of RESPONSE, and share it with your friends and loved ones!
NAN DALE Executive Director
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ACTION AGAINST HUNGER | ACF INTERNATIONAL is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in over 40 countries benefiting some five million people each year. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Raymond Debbane The Invus Group, LLC
Nan Dale Action Against Hunger
Burton K. Haimes Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Yves-André Istel Rothschild, Inc.
Ketty Maisonrouge Ketty Maisonrouge & Company, Inc.
Christophe Duthoit The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
Daniel Py Medical-Instill Technologies
Cristina EnriquezBocobo Enriquez-Bocobo Constructs
Thilo Semmelbauer The Ladders
Pierre N. Fay Luxottica Group
Wendy C. Weiler Argosy Partners Kara Young
2 NEWS & UPDATES Haiti Updates: ACF’s Emergency Response, Haiti by the Numbers, and Private Sector Support 4 PROGRAM FEATURE Capacity Building in D.R. Congo: ACF Partners with Ministry of Health Staff to Treat and Prevent Malnutrition 6 SUCCESS STORY Recovery In Northern Uganda: Families Returning from Years in Exile Get Access to Water and Sanitation 8 FIELD PERSPECTIVE The View from Southern Sudan: A Report on the Region’s Failed Harvests and Rising Tensions 10 PARTNERSHIPS G Movement Athletes Take Off: Our G Movement Athletes are Fired Up and Ready to Tackle Hunger 12 ANNOUNCEMENTS The Roundup: Restaurants Against Hunger Events, Donor Profiles, and ACF’s Personal Fundraising Center
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c neWs & UPDAtes thanks to our long-standing presence in Haiti, Action Against Hunger’s emergency response ensured clean water, sanitation, and food reached desperate survivors quickly. ON JANUARY 12TH, THE WORLD WATCHED IN HORROR AS A 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK HAITI, KILLING AN ESTIMATED 230,000 PEOPLE AND TURNING THE CAPITAL AND SURROUNDING AREAS TO RUBBLE.
Action Against Hunger, delivering humanitarian programs in Haiti since 1985, was well positioned to respond. Within hours of the quake, ACF had sent its first shipment containing reinforcements and emergency supplies for thousands of survivors in Port-au-Prince and outlying areas. After a disaster of this magnitude, clean water and sanitation are urgent priorities. Without them, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases can spread with lethal swiftness. ACF was one of the first organizations to provide safe drinking water for people
mEEtiNg urgENt NEEDs oF WomEN WitH YouNg CHiLDrEN iN HAiti Action Against Hunger’s baby-mother tents offer security and life-saving support for traumatized mothers and their nursing infants AMIDST THE MAKESHIFT CAMPS AND RUBBLE-STREWN STREETS OF PORT-AUPRINCE, HAITI, ACTION AGAINST HUNGER SET UP 15 SPECIAL TENTS designed to
provide mothers and their infants a safe place for breastfeeding, as well as medical, nutritional, and psychological support. ACF is targeting mothers with children younger than six months, as they are the most vulnerable to malnutrition and a host of diseases stemming from contaminated water supplies and poor hygiene. 2
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congregated in makeshift camps amidst the destruction. Since the earthquake, ACF’s specialists have installed some 52 large water reservoirs and water points in stricken areas of Port-au-Prince that ensure daily access to clean drinking water for over 75,000 people. To control outbreaks of disease, Action Against Hunger’s teams constructed hundreds of latrines, conducted broad public awareness campaigns on emergency hygiene practices, and distributed kits containing soap, buckets, plastic sheeting, and other essential items to thousands of families. And as the risk of life-threatening malnutrition grew, the organization launched an emergency program to provide high-protein biscuits for 15,000 vulnerable children and establish outpatient nutrition centers to treat the most severe cases of the condition. Even as the cameras turn away from Haiti, Action Against Hunger remains committed to helping communities regain their livelihoods, secure water and food supplies for the future, and begin the painstaking process of rebuilding their lives. “In emergency settings where there is limited access to clean water, breastfeeding can mean the difference between life and death for babies,” says Julie de Barbayrac, a Mental Health Program Manager in Haiti. One mother, Helene, arrived at a tent in the devastated Canapé Vert district of Port-au-Prince. Her baby was born in the street without any medical support and quickly developed conjunctivitis from unhygienic living conditions. Upon arrival, a trained nutritionist performed an immediate medial assessment and provided Helene with clean drinking water and instruction on caring for her child. Helene’s baby is now recovering and breastfeeding successfully. Today, more than 1,000 women use the baby tents, and they are spreading the word amongst their neighbors in nearby displacement camps.
ACF was one of the ﬁrst to provide emergency access to water after the quake, establishing distribution points and water treatment centers throughout aﬀected areas.
ACF provides psycho-social support and a safe haven for nursing mothers and their infants who otherwise lack privacy in the makeshift camps.
VIDEO: BABY-MOTHER TENTS interested in learning more? View video of ACF’s teams in action: www.actionagainsthunger.org/haiti
Photos: (Top) ACF-Haiti, courtesy C. Boisseaux; ACF-Haiti, courtesy L. Grosjean. Opposite page: ACF-Haiti, Courtesty C. Boisseaux
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CORPORATE DONATIONS POUR IN AFTER HAITI EARTHQUAKE Companies open their wallets and their hearts for quake survivors
WHEN ONE OF THE DEADLIEST NATURAL DISASTERS IN MODERN HISTORY STRUCK HAITI, Action Against Hunger
received an outpouring of donations from people all over the country and around the world. But it wasn’t just concerned individuals who reached out to Haiti in this time of need. In fact, companies donated well over half the total amount received in the aftermath of the earthquake. For example, the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where Action Against Hunger’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus Burton Haimes is a partner, offered to match employee donations for Haiti up to $75,000. A few days later, the match amount was met—and surpassed. In the end, Orrick raised over $150,000 to help Action Against Hunger ensure earthquake survivors had access to emergency supplies, sanitation, and clean drinking water. Clean water can be dangerously scarce after a disaster of this proportion, and Action Against Hunger rushed to provide safe drinking water access to thousands of survivors. A $100,000 grant from Tyco International enabled ACF to deploy four additional large “bladder” tanks in Port-au-Prince to meet the daily drinking water needs of 6,000 people for two and a half months. “Given the devastation in Haiti, this new partnership with Tyco International couldn’t be more timely,” said Nan Dale, Action Against Hunger’s U.S. Executive Director. “This is precisely the type of partnership that can be so effective in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters.” Other companies showed their creative side in raising urgently needed funds for Haiti. Rbar is a popular sports bar in New Orleans— so popular, in fact, that barstools are in short supply when the home team is playing. So, when the Saints made the Superbowl, Rbar auctioned off their stools—the best seats in the house—and took in over $1,000 for Haiti. “Because of our own history, we understand the responsibility to respond to a people in need,” said Rbar’s Lara Desmond. And, the employees of Kleer-Fax, Inc., a maker of organizational products, demonstrated how even smaller donations can add up. Every worker in their factory donated an hour’s wages to Haiti. Before they knew it, the staff at Kleer-Fax had raised more than $1,000 for Action Against Hunger’s relief efforts. These are just a few examples of the generosity and ingenuity of companies and their employees that pulled together in the devastation’s wake. Action Against Hunger thanks all these donors—too many to be named here—for their vital support. HAITI UPDATES: For more information on ACF’s emergency response and ongoing programs in Haiti, visit:
HAiti BY tHe nUMBers: our iNitiAL rEsPoNsE A snapshot of ACF’s immediate response to the devastating quake in Haiti
MORE THAN 75,000 PORTAU-PRINCE RESIDENTS CAN ACCESS clean water
every day from the 52 water distribution stations set up across the capital. our large water reservoirs are ﬁlled daily with safe water trucked in from outside.
ACF’S TEAMS CONSTRUCTED LATRINES EQUIPPED WITH HAND-WASHING STATIONS
throughout the makeshift camps of Portau-Prince. With the aim of preventing outbreaks of water-borne illnesses, our teams conduct public awareness campaigns on emergency hygiene practices like latrine usage, hand-washing, and safe water handling.
ACF IDENTIFIED 10,000 PEOPLE WITH VULNERABLE FAMILIES—
single heads of households and parents caring inDiViDUALs for children with disabilities—to participate in a variety of activities designed to boost the local economy. these programs provide income to people doing critical recovery jobs, including clearing streets of rubble.
ACF’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE INCLUDED 100 TONS OF HIGH-PROTEIN BISCUITS DISTRIBUTED to over 40,000
vulnerable children. these vitamin-packed biscuits are specially designed to prevent malnutrition in children under ﬁve.
MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE SHELTERING IN TEMPORARY CAMPS have beneﬁted
from our distributions of essential items. the kits contain basic hygiene materials, including tarps, buckets, soap, and toothbrushes.
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BUILDING CAPACITY IN D.R. CONGO: A CoLLABorAtion tHAt sAVes LiVes ACF’s partnership with the Ministry of Health helps local health workers treat acute malnutrition
Photo: ACF-D.R. Congo, courtesy Burger/Phanie
Action Against Hunger is at the forefront of efforts to treat acute malnutrition in the Democratic republic of Congo, where thousands of children currently face starvation in the remote southern stretches of the country. And we’re doing so in ways that lay the groundwork for solutions long after we leave by working with the Ministry of Health to boost local capacity.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is still a nation in crisis, reeling from years of brutal conflict and neglect, and struggling with widespread poverty, food
insecurity, uneven economic development, and regional instability. As a result, the country experiences routine outbreaks of acute malnutrition that threaten thousands of lives. Luckily, the Congolese Ministry of Health takes these problems seriously. Responsible for fielding teams of trained health workers, the Ministry of Health works in partnership with Action Against Hunger to devise and carry out strategies for grappling with nutrition crises that plague the country. And thanks to the Ministry’s dedication and professionalism, Action Against Hunger has an extraordinary opportunity to help build local capacity for the long-run. ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, WIDESPREAD HUNGER Rich in diamonds, gold, and nickel, the D.R. Congo has long depended on the extractive industry. But when the global economic recession caused the price of minerals to plummet, mining companies across the southern part of the country closed. The collapse of the mining sector, along with drought, conflict, and other factors, has left thousands of families without food or income. “Hundreds of thousands of Congolese lost their jobs and livelihoods when the mining industry collapsed, and have returned to their villages to find nothing,” says Karine Milhorgne, Desk Officer for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many Congolese previously engaged in the mineral industry shifted to agriculture production to eke out a living but have struggled without the appropriate skills and access to the necessary seeds and tools. In an effort to make ends meet, some farmers have been forced to sell their harvests before their crops mature, depleting their seed reserves and slashing their income. A highly contagious plant disease has also ravaged the region’s cassava plants, a staple crop once integral to people’s diets and livelihoods. A MALNUTRITION CRISIS IN SOUTHERN CONGO When disasters like this hit, children are most affected. They don’t have much to fall
back on—especially when they are underweight and fragile to begin with—and in southern Congo, thousands of them have become severely malnourished. In fact, some of the highest rates of severe acute malnutrition ever seen in the region were uncovered late last year. For example, in Djuma, an area inaccessible by road and served by few aid organizations, nearly one in five children was found to be suffering from acute malnutrition, double the rate from 2008. Thanks to our long-standing partnership with the Congolese Ministry of Health, ACF’s Nutrition Programs Learn more about ACF’s communitybased approach to acute malnutrition www.actionagainsthunger.org/nutrition
Action Against Hunger, together with local health authorities, was well positioned to respond to the crisis. Over the years, we have honed a strategy that combines direct intervention on behalf of affected children with technical and logistical support for local actors. This last year alone, we treated a record 30,000 cases of severe acute malnutrition across the country by employing a community-based model that is revolutionizing care for the life-threatening condition. COMMUNITY-BASED CARE FOR ACUTE MALNUTRITION At the community level, Action Against Hunger is training volunteer village health teams to diagnose malnutrition and refer affected children for outpatient treatment, or if they have severe medical or nutritional complications, to therapeutic Stabilization Centers for around-the-clock care. By tapping into a national program of Community Health Workers already in place, we have trained thousands of volunteers to ensure families of acutely malnourished children know where they can seek help. In outpatient centers managed by the Congolese Ministry of Health and integrated into the local health system, nurses trained and equipped by Action Against Hunger are treating and monitoring acutely malnourished children during their weekly visits. Now, because of a national nutrition protocol and specially-formulated Readyto-Use Foods (RUFs) like Plumpy’nut, mal-
nourished children can visit the outpatient centers once a week to get a medical checkup, be weighed and measured, and receive therapeutic RUFs to consume at home. In the past, all treatment for acute malnutrition required prolonged hospitalization. Children whose condition has deteriorated to such an extent that they require hospitalization receive intensive care in therapeutic Stabilization Centers, which are set up in local and regional hospitals. After these children have recovered, they are admitted to the outpatient nutrition program for continued treatment until the target weight is reached. The vast majority of them return to full health within six weeks. In both outpatient and inpatient centers, staff members discuss the children’s progress with their parents and teach them basic nutrition and hygiene practices to improve their health. Action Against Hunger provides technical and organizational training for the centers’ staff, equipment and therapeutic nutrition products, as well as financial support for badly underfunded hospitals and health centers to purchase medicine and other essentials. Last year, over 100 doctors and 2,300 nurses received comprehensive training on care for severely malnourished children through the program. “None of this would be possible without a successful strategy implemented by the Ministry of Health and our truly dedicated staff, most of whom are Congolese nationals,” says Marie-Sophie Whitney, Senior Nutrition Advisor. “They understand how important it is to build trust with local health authorities, as well as affected communities. You can’t just show up one day and do the job. We’re able to work so effectively because we’ve been carefully maintaining these relationships for years.” But success is not only measured by our rapid response to outbreaks of malnutrition, it is also determined by our ability to transfer full responsibility for the nutrition programs over to the Ministry of Health—in effect, to work ourselves out of a job. When the crisis subsides and we can eventually depart, the local health system we have strengthened will continue to support improvements in communities’ nutritional health. This is our legacy, and, with the help of committed partners, it is one that endures.
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A SUCCESS STORIES
RECOVERY IN NORTHERN UGANDA: reBUiLDing LiVes AFter tHe WAr
Action Against Hunger is helping restore stability to the lives of thousands of Ugandans returning to their communities for the ﬁrst time in decades. After years of providing assistance in camps for people displaced by brutal conﬂict, our teams are following families back to their homes and helping them get back on their feet. 6
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Families coming home after years in exile get clean water and basic sanitation
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Northern Uganda has been wracked by nearly 20 years of armed conflict that forced some two million people into squalid camps. Since the fragile peace process began in 2006, thousands of people have returned home but are struggling without the resources to rebuild their lives. Lack of clean water and sanitation infrastructure are major hurdles for communities trying to start over. Before families were driven from their homes, the village of Omerkol was a thriving community. Now, it’s barely scraping by with just 200 people. One reason so few residents have returned is the lack of water, explained Awio Tom Richard, the village head. “The nearest [well] is about four miles away, which makes construction, farming and the rearing of animals very difficult, not to mention the lack of safe drinking water,” he said. “The only time we have water nearby is during the rainy season when we collect it from puddles, but the water is not safe and a lot of people get sick.” Action Against Hunger is bringing clean water to Omerkol and other villages like it across northern Uganda. And, the organization is training community members in good sanitation and hygiene practices to prevent outbreaks of water-related illnesses. “Before any interventions, we always do a baseline survey,” said Ocen Walter, a staff member with Action Against Hunger in the region. If no clean sources of water are found on the surface, a team drills to reach water underground. The demand for these services is enormous, and Action Against Hunger is one of the very few organizations in the region with the necessary technical skills and equipment. The village of Akadikum benefited from a well drilled by Action Against Hunger last summer. Now most of the
people from the village, plus some from a neighboring community, collect their water there for a small monthly fee, which Akadikum’s water committee uses to help maintain the source. Action Against Hunger is committed to community participation, which helps ensure the longevity of the water resources. “We set up a committee to be in charge of maintaining the [well] so that we wouldn’t have to keep calling on outside help,” said Odyek Bosco, the village head. During Action Against Hunger’s initial surveys, teams also interview residents about their daily habits, including storing their drinking water and cleaning cooking items. Then, they spend months training community members how to improve their health and sanitation and provide them with materials to build facilities like latrines, hand-washing stations, and trash pits. “Before we had a proper latrine, I would have to go into the bush to find a private place, which could be difficult— especially in the rainy season,” said Santa Auma, a grandmother who lives in the village of Kidere. “And the same thing with the rubbish; before I would have to carry it all away from the compound to get rid of it. Now things are so much easier for me.” Action Against Hunger returns to a community after the program is completed to follow its progress. Gira Walter, an Akadikum resident, testified to the changes that have taken place. “People no longer have to walk far or be dependent on bicycles to carry the water, making it easy for them to bathe and wash their clothes. It’s easier to water our animals, to get water for construction, and the water we now drink is safe. Life has really improved a lot.” A
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nearby, people have to travel for miles just to get the water to construct them. take ongero Moses, a father of six who lives in the village of omerkol. After ﬂeeing to the nearby town of Lira in 2001 because of armed conﬂict, ongero and his family returned to omerkol in 2008. even though the family was glad to be home, rebuilding their lives in the village was difﬁcult. “there was no garden to cultivate, no crops to grow, and very little money to buy food,” ongero said. in their absence, the village wells had dried up, and the nearest source of water was four miles away. Without enough water to make bricks, ongero and his family were forced to live in two makeshift straw huts, each just 30 square feet. to build a permanent home, it took ongero 25 eight-mile trips over eight months to collect the 1,000 liters of water needed. each trip, which involved cycling to the well, waiting for his turn, and ﬁlling his jerry-cans with water, took about four hours. now Action Against Hunger is drilling a well on a nearby plot of land, which means that ongero’s neighbors should be able to collect all the water they need to build their houses in less than a day. ■
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D FIELD PERSPECTIVE
THE VIEW FROM SOUTHERN SUDAN: A rePort on tHe region’s FAiLeD HArVests AnD rising tensions
Photo: ACF-Sudan, courtesy J. Seagle/Counterpart Images
A conversation with Silke Pietzsch, ACF’s Senior Food Security & Livelihoods Advisor
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YOU’RE BACK FROM SOUTHERN SUDAN. WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE? I visited our teams in southern Sudan to evaluate our food security and livelihoods programs and to see for myself what the humanitarian situation is like on the ground. Southern Sudan is in a very fragile state. People are just beginning to recover and return to their homes after 20 years of civil war that killed two million people and forced another four million to flee their villages. The war between the north and south officially ended five years ago with the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement, but displacements are still a reality and the remnants of war are everywhere—you often see children playing on old tanks or in bombed out buildings. And while Sudan just underwent its first national election since 1986, tensions will likely only rise as the country moves towards its historic referendum on southern independence in early 2011. In the midst of all this, southern Sudan is facing severe food shortages. We did assessments in two states—Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal—that show families’ food reserves entirely depleted after an unusually poor harvest. As in many places, southern Sudan experiences a period of routine food scarcity between harvests called a “hunger gap.” We’re very concerned because this year’s gap will last seven months, which is twice the norm for the region. WHY WERE HARVESTS SO BAD? Last summer an extended dry spell delayed the planting season by several weeks, which shortened the planting season and really limited crop production. For example, the autumn harvests in Warrap state produced enough food for only four months of the year. In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the average family only harvested two months-worth of food. In fact, this is the third year in a row that families have been devastated by failed harvests. Last year sporadic rainfall and pest infestations badly damaged crops, and in 2008, flooding wiped out a lot of the harvest. So the last few years have been extremely difficult for people who are entirely reliant on
subsistence agriculture. High food prices in local markets and insufficient household income also contribute to the growing food crisis in the region. HOW ARE PEOPLE COPING? Our teams are witnessing families skipping meals and drastically reducing their daily caloric intake to stretch very limited food supplies. We’re most concerned about the families that have just returned from years of displacement without any livestock or other assets to sell in exchange for food. These are the poorest, most desperate families that will resort to irreversible coping mechanisms like selling their land or migrating out of the area in search of food. Even families with productive assets like animals, seeds and tools will begin to sell these off, which will likely plunge them further into poverty and put future harvests at risk. This downward spiral could have a destructive, long-term impact on already struggling families. HOW HAS ACF RESPONDED? We’ve worked in southern Sudan for over two decades, implementing programs in nutrition, food security, livelihoods, and water, sanitation and hygiene. In response to the food crisis, we’ve scaled up these programs to reach more people in dire need of assistance. Our first priority is treating acutely malnourished children in our inpatient and outpatient nutrition programs and training local health workers to diagnose and treat this deadly condition. We’re also working to tackle the root causes of malnutrition through a variety of initiatives. We’re distributing seeds and tools, implementing micro-gardening projects in communities, conducting trainings to improve agricultural techniques and increase crop yields, and giving small cash grants to help people generate income and diversify their livelihoods. Our grants have helped a number of women start small businesses like hair salons and restaurants, which will give them enough income to buy food for their families. It’s crucial that our programs help boost the local economy rather than undermine it, so we make a point of
purchasing our tools and other products from vendors in the area. Finally, we understand that clean water and good sanitation and hygiene are vital to preventing malnutrition. We’re providing families with access to clean drinking water by digging wells and restoring water points, and we’re promoting healthy practices through latrine construction and public awareness campaigns to control outbreaks of waterborne illnesses. WHAT’S NEEDED IN THE REGION? Unfortunately, the needs in the region are tremendous and far outstrip the resources currently provided by aid agencies. We’re calling for a robust package of short- and long-term assistance to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. First of all, affected households need immediate food assistance. We’re also advocating for largescale seed and tool distributions across the region to support the 2010 agricultural season; surveillance and early warning systems to detect and predict levels of food insecurity and malnutrition; more cash transfer programs and support for small businesses and diversified livelihoods; and investments in safety net programs to prevent future spikes in food insecurity and malnutrition. We’re calling attention to these issues because it’s important that people understand what’s at stake.
SOUTHERN SUDAN IN PHOTOS: View a slideshow of ACF’s programs www.actionagainsthunger.org/sudan
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a PARTNERSHIP PROFILE
G MOVEMENT ATHLETES TAKE OFF, tACKLing HUnger As tHeY go
Photo: Courtesy The Gatorade Company
This year’s G Movement athletes are ﬁred up and ready to take on hunger
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tHis sPring, ACtion AgAinst HUnger AnD gAtorADe HAVe PArtnereD to LAUnCH G MOVEMENT, HArnessing tHe PoWer oF AtHLetes to FigHt WorLD HUnger. G Movement participants take on an athletic challenge and encourage friends and family to support their efforts with donations to Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs. Five special athletes have received $2,000 training grants from Gatorade to help them complete their athletic feats, along with a year’s worth of rehydrating sports drinks. Gatorade has gotten the ball rolling with products for the participants and a generous $100,000 donation to Action Against Hunger. Now it’s up to the athletes to show what determination, drive, and sweat can accomplish. Without further ado, we introduce the 2010 G Movement athletes:
MILES CRAIGWELL There are 1,696 professional football players in the United States. The U.S. population is about 309 million. This means that the average American’s chance of playing in the NFL is about 182,148 to one. Miles Craigwell likes those odds. To most, Miles is a video producer from Boston. But put him on a football field, and he’s a menace. He plays safety and defensive back and has been working out in Florida to get himself ready for the NFL combine, where aspiring pros go to prove themselves. This is his shot to make his way onto a professional roster, and he’s giving it his all—all while raising awareness and vital funds to help end world hunger.
MELANIE MILLER You can’t keep her down. Melanie Miller is an avid hiker and climber from Colorado, but the Rocky Mountains just aren’t enough to satisfy her. So, she has set her sights on the highest peak in North America: Denali, rising over 20,000 feet above the sea, in Alaska. Up there, the air is so thin that one breath has less than half the oxygen that it would at sea level. But climbers are a different breed, and oxygen tanks aren’t commonly used on Denali. The climb takes more than a week altogether, and only about half of all attempts are successful. Some of the best athletes in the world have had to turn back. Which is exactly why Melanie wants to do it.
NIMIT PATHAK What’s the most exhausting thing you’ve ever done? If you’re Nimit Pathak, nothing before has ever come close to what he’s about to do: the Ironman Triathalon. This punishing contest begins with a 2.4 mile swim and ends with a marathon (26.2 miles). In between? A 112 mile bike race. Now, Nimit is no stranger to exhaustion. As a marathon runner, he’s used to pushing his body’s limits. But this is by far the most grueling race Nimit has taken on, and he’s training harder than ever. Will it be enough? When exhausted and in need of a day off, he reminds himself that his training supports the cause of global hunger, which gives him the will to continue.
CHRISTOPHER SMITH Icarus had his wings. Jack had his beanstalk. Christopher Smith has his pole: a Pacer Carbon FiberFX. It can’t get his head above the clouds, but it comes close. Chris is a pole-vaulter, and pole-vaulters have one obsession: go higher. Chris wants to propel himself over a 5.5-meter bar. How hard is that? The first time anyone went higher than 5.5 meters was in 1972, setting a world record in the process. Since then, that record has been held by only nine others. Surpassing 5.5 meters would put Chris in a select group of world-class athletes. Can he get there?
TAMMY & JAKE UNDERWOOD Imagine marching 26.2 miles through the desert. Now imagine your mother’s there with you. Jake Underwood had his mom at his side during the Bataan Memorial Death March through the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, but he also drew inspiration from two relatives who weren’t there: his father, an athlete like him who “always gave his all,” and his great-great uncle, whose life Jake and Tammy were commemorating. He died in the Bataan Death March during World War II. As for Jake’s mom, Tammy: She’s proud that her son marched with her, but she’s got her own goals, too. Like running a marathon in May. It must run in the family.
START YOUR OWN PERSONAL FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE This year’s G Movement may already be underway, but you can still get involved: Challenge yourself and help fight hunger through Action Against Hunger’s Personal Fundraising Center. Whether you’re planning a marathon, a long-distance bike ride, a mountain climbing expedition, a white water rafting trip, or even a 5K run, you can create your own fundraising page and help us make a difference! READY TO SIGN UP? Want to get involved? Visit ACF’s Personal Fundraising Center and tackle hunger with your own athletic challenge: www.actionagainsthunger.org/fundraising MORE ON G MOVEMENT Visit G Movement online to check out inspiring videos and view athlete proﬁles: www.actionagainsthunger.org/g-movement ACtion AgAinst HUnger 11
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AnnoUnCeMents ENDiNg HuNgEr NEVEr tAstED so gooD! the restaurant, Food & Beverage industries team up to take on global Hunger FOOD ENTHUSIASTS WILL CONVERGE AGAIN THIS YEAR AT ACF’S RESTAURANTS AGAINST HUNGER EVENTS, FEATURING SOME OF THE HOTTEST CHEFS from around the country,
world-class and boutique restaurants, gourmet and specialty food purveyors, and producers and marketers of top-shelf spirits. Leveraging the generosity of the restaurant, food, and beverage industries, Restaurants Against Hunger provides a national platform for engaging food-friendly audiences, celebrating great cuisine, and working to end hunger-related deaths around the world. For the second year in a row, Action Against Hunger is particularly proud to be partnering with Le Fooding d’Amour and the Great Gathering of Chefs to raise awareness and funds for its life-saving programs.
LE FooDiNg 2.0: WEst ComEs EAst september 24-25, 2010 New York City LE FOODING WILL MAKE ITS SECOND-ANNUAL APPEARANCE IN NEW YORK CITY THIS FALL. This two-day
tHE grEAt gAtHEriNg oF CHEFs september 28, 2010 New York City THIS YEAR’S GREAT GATHERING OF CHEFS WILL BRING TOGETHER 150 OF THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED CHEFS at the Prince George Ballroom in New York
City to celebrate the publication of the Pasta and Pudding cookbooks. Participants will enjoy chatting with the chefs as they sign books and lingering to sample tastings from the cookbooks. Signed and unsigned editions of these beautifully photographed books are available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger.
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urban picnic at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center will showcase six star chefs from New York City and six from San Francisco, along with the most sought-after mixologists, in-demand DJs, graphic designers and performance artists, too! Join us in sampling unique recipes from well-known and up-and-coming restaurants in two of our country’s best cities for eating out! For more information on upcoming restaurants Against Hunger events, visit: www.actionagainsthunger.org/rah
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PErsoNAL FuNDrAisiNg: FiNDiNg strENgtH iN NumBErs
PuLLiNg oFF A HEist For CHAritY
Perfect strangers share a common goal to bring their communities together in the ﬁght against hunger
Popular software website macHeist raises a bundle for Action Against Hunger
Jordan Dibb and Howard Webb have never met. Their homes are separated by almost two thousand miles, and they were born more than five decades apart. But their stories are remarkably similar. United by a common purpose, both are rallying their communities to help Haiti and get involved in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Howard Webb lives in Cottonwood, AZ with his wife, Carol. He’s retired now, but he’s far from idle. After the earthquake struck, he Jordan Dibb: 1,800 miles for Haiti got to work. “I was certain there were a lot of people in our community who wanted to help,” he said. He was right. Webb got his community—Cottonwood Ranch—to contribute nearly $2,000 to Action Against Hunger’s emergency relief efforts. And he did it all without ringing a single doorbell. “We used the internet,” he said. He also made appeals at scheduled community meetings, and called a few of his neighbors on the phone to follow up. But he found that the most effective way to connect with his community was online. And he was surprised by the generosity of friends and strangers alike. “We’ve had a number of deposits to the account from people I don’t even know,” said Webb. Jordan Dibb also knows a thing or two about bringing people together. On March 27th, the 23-year-old from Farmington, MN embarked on a mammoth 1,800 mile journey from Minneapolis to Miami, armed with nothing but a backpack, a few pairs of road-ready shoes, and an urge to do something for earthquake survivors in Haiti. Dibb set up a Facebook profile and an Action Against Hunger fundraising page and aims to raise $100,000 for our emergency programs in Haiti through a growing network of supporters and fans who can help him accomplish his goal. So far, he has raised over $8,000, and he’s been featured on a number of local TV and radio stations, which have helped attract a following. Even strangers have stopped him along the way to hand him donations. Time is Jordan’s greatest asset, and he plans to spend 100 days on the road. Most of us can’t devote three whole months to a cause, but dedication is not just measured in time. “Any idea is possible. All you have to do is take the first step,” said Dibb. Action Against Hunger is making that first step—big or small—easy. Visit our Personal Fundraising Center, and get started on your own personal fundraising challenge today! CREATE YOUR OWN CHALLENGE: Feeling inspired? rally your family, friends, and neighbors in the ﬁght against hunger. Visit our Personal Fundraising Center today:
IN THE SPRING OF 2008, MACHEIST, AN ONLINE STORE FOR MAC SOFTWARE, CHOSE ACTION AGAINST HUNGER to be among
ten non-profits to receive a percentage of the sales of a popular software bundle offered for a limited time only. Known for its clever marketing techniques, the company created quite a buzz by hosting a series of challenges (“heists”) that gave successful customers free or discounted software packages. The end result? Over $47,000 donated to Action Against Hunger. A year later, they held another set of heists and sold more software bundles—only this time, they raised more than $77,000 for our lifesaving programs. Though the final number from the very latest sale is still being tabulated, the company has once again netted thousands of dollars for Action Against Hunger’s humanitarian programs, using their creativity to help save lives all over the world.
BrigHtoN CoLLECtiBLEs: A ComPANY WitH A CoNsCiENCE Accessory retailer provides vital funds for ACF’s life-saving programs JERRY KOHL, CEO AND FOUNDER OF BRIGHTON COLLECTIBLES, HAS SEEN HIS COMPANY FLOURISH
while striving to make the world a better place. For the accessory retailer, giving back is an important part of company practice. “Brighton is about working towards a better future, helping people, and standing out,” said Kohl. The company created a limited-edition peace bracelet and donated almost 10 percent of proceeds to Action Against Hunger and other non-profit organizations that share the company’s values. The results have been astounding. Since 2007, Brighton Collectibles has donated over $125,000 for Action Against Hunger’s humanitarian programs. This year, they are continuing their life-saving support, bringing about a better world one bracelet at a time.
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