I am a volunteer with World Vision Malaysia since my involvement in school community projects many years ago. Then, today just attended the “add value volunteer training” for community development in Malaysia.
Last week, my HK artist friend has communicated and invited me to contribute my art passion to be a part of their HK artists’ team to design a banner for the upcoming World Vision HK campaign ~ 2cm.
Just before my HK friend’s art invitation to me, I actually have read about 2cm from an article in a periodical publication.
Out of my curiosity, I did a quick research and read more about it.
How much does a 2cm difference mean to you?
Do you ever think about it?
Perhaps for too many of us, 2cm is just a small gap between our fingertips, but to a malnourished kid, it is a matter of life vs death. Sharing here a meaningful video clip in explaining the 2cm,
(Note: There is no English subtitle available in this video clip)
In a small village in South Sudan, a 2-year-old kid named Nyane was crying tirelessly because he was very ill. His mother carried him & walked 2 hours to a nearby clinic. The World Vision staffs checked on his nutritional status with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape, and guess what? Nyane’s measurement was only 9.8cm. He is severely malnourished. Nyane cannot stand by his own as 2 years old kid, but to lie on his mother’s arm.
So, what is MUAC tape?
It is a simple tool to measure the upper arm of a kid (aged from 6 months to 5 years old) to find out whether a kid is malnourished. There are 3 colour zones on the tape which each representing a nutritional status. You may download it with more explanation via link below:
If Nyane’s arm measures 2cm or more, he would be free from the threat of severe malnutrition. Hunger is not just about a lack of food, it could easily take lives away especially a kid’s life.
What is malnutrition?
It is a condition that results from eating a diet in which nutrients are either not enough or are too much such that the diet causes health problems. Malnutrition is often used specifically to refer to undernutrition where there are not enough calories, protein, or micronutrients.
A malnourished person finds that their body has difficulty doing normal things such as growing and resisting disease. Physical work becomes problematic and even learning abilities can be diminished. For women, pregnancy becomes risky and they cannot be sure of producing nourishing breast milk.
When a person is not getting enough food or not getting the right sort of food, malnutrition is just around the corner. Even if people get enough to eat, they will become malnourished if the food they eat does not provide the proper amounts of micronutrients – vitamins and minerals – to meet daily nutritional requirements.
Disease and malnutrition are closely linked. Sometimes the disease is the result of malnutrition, sometimes it is a contributing cause. In fact, malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world, according to the UN’s Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN).
The Hunger Statistics
Across the globe, about 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That is about one in nine people on earth go to bed with an empty stomach every night. 98 percent of them are in developing countries.
The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.
Asia is the continent with the hungriest people – two-thirds of the total (about 281 million). The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia, it has increased slightly.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished. It meant about 220 million people i.e. 23.2% of its population.
What are the causes of hunger?
Hunger & malnutrition kill more people every year than AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis combined. Every day more than 8,000 of under-five kids DIE of preventable diseases caused by malnutrition.
What will be the impacts of hunger?
From video clip below, we will understand that hunger isn’t just a stomach thing:
Together, let’s us do our part in building a better world
Is this your first time hearing about Hunger & Malnutrition?
If it is, you should be extremely thankful that you are not born to the circumstance that you have to experience that.
We are fortunate that we do not suffer hunger & malnutrition, and we can do more to help the malnourished children.
I am sharing an invitation for you to attend the “30 Famine” event to experience how the hungry people experience hunger & pain.
Date & Time: 9 April 2016, 2pm to 10 April 2016, 8pm
Venue: Aberdeen Sports Ground, 108 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong
Fee: Each person of HK$1,000 (plus a registration fee of HK$100)
Total pax: 2,500
Brief activity content: hungry 30 hours, experience workshops, guest sharing
Registration dateline: 16 March 2016
Besides attending the event, we can also continue the spirit of #FoodstagramChallenge to give up just a meal for the hungry children to help with #FoodforHungryChildren
1. Skip a meal and donate the saved money
2. Take a photo of an empty plate with the 2cm symbol & upload to social media
3. Then, remember to hashtag #A2cmDifference #SkipAMealFor2cm
The Malaysia Assistance Fund aims to support children and child-related development work in Malaysia. This includes child rights protection, education, nutrition and healthcare. In line with this goal, a key beneficiary of the Malaysia Assistance Fund is World Vision Malaysia’s Community Development Programme in Mukim Tulid, Sabah.
It’s never too old or too young to sponsor a kid so that every kid will have a chance for their proper education.
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