Help Manu In West Africa. Stop the Hunger.
Niger is ranked as one of the world's least-developed nations and is in the top ten poorest countries in the world. Half the population are under the age of 15 and one in seven children don't live to celebrate their first birthday.
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STOP THE HUNGER IN WEST AFRICA
It’s an unlikely place to find a celebrity television chef in a part of the world where 18 million people don't have enough to eat but when reports came out in June that more than 1.5 million children under the age of five across West Africa were without food, celebrity chef and father Manu Feildel boarded a plane to Niger with Plan International Australia, to learn firsthand about the urgent food and nutrition crisis affecting the area and to find out what Australians could do to help.
"Just $19 will support a malnourished child with vitamin enriched food for a month", Manu explains.
So why is this happening? Niger has very little resources and is frequently affected by extended droughts which are common in the Sahel region of Africa. Although the drought has either destroyed crops or caused them to fail, the situation is not just caused by a lack of food – other pressures mean that most people can’t afford food from markets, even when it is available.
Also, a flow of tens of thousands of refugees from Mali into Niger have further strained an already stressed food supply. Many families have had to sell their livestock to cover their household food needs, some are eating seeds instead of saving them to plant for the next season.
WHAT IS PLAN DOING?
Every day, thousands of Malian refugees are arriving in Niger in the blistering-hot desert with nothing but the shirts on their backs. Watch Manu as he visits one of the Plan-supported refugee camps.View Refugee page
With more than 1.5 million children currently without food across the Sahel Region of West Africa – Manu Feildel takes time to visit a Plan-supported malnutrition centre.View Malnutrition page
Keeping children in school
When a crisis hits, children are particularly vulnerable. Keeping children in school and most importantly keeping them emotionally, intellectually and physically healthy, will lead to a more stable future for them and their communities.View Education page