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Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that saves the lives of malnourished children while bringing sustainable solutions to hunger and safe water to people faced with life-threatening conditions. Our life-saving programs assist some five million people in over 40 countries each year.

In Pakistan, Empowering Mothers to Treat Malnutrition at Home

Stepping up onto the porch of a one-room house, I was met with the wide, dark, and curious eyes of a little girl sitting on her mother’s lap. Hardly two years old, Saima seemed healthy enough as she wriggled in mom’s arms. But the staff of our Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP)—our community outreach nutrition program—explained to me that even though she weighs in at 9.2 kilograms now, she was a mere 2.7 kilograms when Fatima brought her to the OTP site for lifesaving care.

In Pakistan, Either Too Much Water, or Too Little

As a Seattle native, I wasn’t expecting that the drive to Action Against Hunger’s base in Thatta, southern Pakistan would remind me of home. But feeling the spring heat wash over me as I stepped off the plane in Karachi and seeing the flat, dry expanse once we escaped the city instantly recalled memories of summer in eastern Washington. Here and there, the arid scrubland gave way to a farming plot or a herd of cattle. Dusty browns and greens stretched to the horizon, speckled with the yellow blooms of sunflowers.

For Displaced Pakistanis, a Positive Way Forward

One is a 65-year-old woman, displaced by severe floods in 2010. The other is a 60-year-old man, a farmer forced from his fields and his home when the government’s clashes with regional insurgents intensified. They hail from different villages in Pakistan’s northern Nowshera District, and are unlikely to ever meet. But what they do share are compelling stories of human resilience in overcoming tremendous adversity to move forward positively with their lives—all with support from Action Against Hunger. These are their stories.

Voices from D.R. Congo: Bitondo and Baby Wabiwa

For 29-year-old Congolese mother Bitondo Patience, malnutrition was a silent threat that attacked her daughter without obvious indicators. Her four-year-old, Wabiwa, showed signs of illness—vomiting, lack of appetite, running a temperature—but just what afflicted her was a mystery to Bitondo.

It wasn’t until her little girl’s feet started to swell that Bitondo got scared. Two weeks after Wabiwa got sick, Bitondo took her to see a traditional healer, but she didn’t improve. A visit to a prayer room netted the same unfortunate result.

Boots on the Ground: Combating Malnutrition in Karamoja, Uganda

The Karamoja region of Uganda suffers from persistently high rates of childhood malnutrition. In this land of nomadic herders, rates of acute malnutrition routinely surpass 15 percent, while some 40 percent of the  under-five population is considered underweight and at risk.

Clean Water Access Initiative Sponsors Philippines Project

We’re teaming up with longtime partner Tyco on an emergency relief project to provide clean water to residents of the Philippine island of Mindanao in the aftermath of a damaging tropical storm.

What Are You Thankful For?

As we roll into the end of the year, we’re reflecting.

Empowering Women for Uganda’s Long-Term Health & Well-Being

Thousands of families across northern Uganda are slowly rebuilding their lives as they recover from two decades of civil war and displacement. This process is doubly important for the women of northern Uganda, who, as central household figures, must overcome ingrained struggles of abuse if their families are to overcome hunger and poverty.

Horn of Africa: Food Crisis Intensifies for Ethiopians and Among Somali Refugees

As thousands of Somali families continue to pour into the Dollo Ado camps of Ethiopia seeking refuge from drought and devastating food crises, Action Against Hunger is racing to scale up its programs in response to extremely high malnutrition rates among refugees and heightened food insecurity among Ethiopians in the South.

Cash Learning Partnership: Turning Cash into Aid, Part 4

Kendra Hughbanks is working for ACF International as the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) Assistant. Though based in New York, she is spending a month in the Philippines to focus on case studies that illuminate emergency intervention and recovery. This post is the first in a series.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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