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Remove Hunger from the World – Start with the Poorest.
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Remove Hunger from the World – Start with the Poorest.

Date Added: November 25, 2008 06:09:52 PM
Author: Anonymous
Category: Society

Hunger is the extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness. Poor children are the most prone to this and are often the victims to malnutrition, deficiencies, diseases and ultimately deaths caused by hunger. Today our world is home to 6.6 billion people. The United States is a part of the high-income group of nations which has a population of around 30 crores. The total estimated population of the people residing in the first world countries is 1.9 billions. In contrast, approximately 4.7 billion people live in low and middle-low income economies. One third of the poor and hungry population of the world resides in India. India is one of the largest in these economies and has a population of well above 1 billion. A significant part of this population is still fighting with hunger of which a large percentage is children below 16. "India has higher levels of malnourished children than Sub-Saharan Africa, despite the Asian giant having more funds and better infrastructure to tackle the problem." the UNICEF stated. A survey by the Indian Health Ministry, backed by UNICEF, has found that almost 46 per cent of children are undernourished in India and 35 per cent of children in Sub-Saharan Africa region are malnourished. "In terms of the under-nutrition levels, certainly India are at a much higher level than the average Sub-Saharan African country," Werner Schultink, chief of child development and nutrition for UNICEF in India, told a news conference. Countries like Ethiopia fare better than India when you look at nutrition data, he said, with between 35 to 40 per cent of children in the impoverished east African country having poor diets. To tackle hunger we need to find out where and start channelizing our joint efforts towards the people who need it the most. A kid fighting with a dog for a piece of bread beside the garbage dump filled a saintly personality with pity and he felt the to do something to remove hunger from this world, to start off with India. Thus came into being the Akshaya Patra Foundation which started off its operations in the year 2000. It started off its operations by feeding 1500 school children and has scaled up its operation to reach a mammoth scale of operations, feeding around 1 million children everyday. If we remove poverty from India, one-third of the world will be liberated from this menace and the whole world will follow. What we need to do is to create awareness and create a community of activists, volunteers, donors and fundraisers who can fight against this problem jointly.
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