Action Against Hunger Goes to the Nonprofit Oscars

The great work of our staff in D.R. Congo results in a prestigious nomination at the Classy Awards
Children jump for joy in Democratic Republic of Congo
Children jump for joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: ACF-DRC, Óscar Serrano Oria

In just over two weeks, we will be nervously awaiting the opening of a golden envelope. That’s right, Action Against Hunger was nominated as a finalist at the Classy Awards!  

The Classy Awards, held in partnership with The United Nations and taking place on May 3rd in San Diego, have been described as “the Oscars for philanthropy,” as they are now the largest awards ceremony recognizing social impact.

Classy Awards Finalist

Our awards journey began when we submitted a portfolio of our lifesaving nutritional work in D.R. Congo to twelve members of the Classy Awards leadership council. After a yearlong discovery process that evaluated more than 3,600 organizations worldwide, Action Against Hunger was the winner of the Nutritional Services & Treatment sub-category, taking us through to the final award selection round.

Our Work in D.R. Congo

Action Against Hunger has been present in D.R. Congo since 1997, working closely with the Ministry of Health to build local capacity, strengthen health systems, and provide emergency care.

We have trained thousands of health workers, equipped hundreds of hospitals and health centers, and provided lifesaving therapeutic care for tens of thousands of severely malnourished children.

Our innovative contributions to nutritional care helped bring cure rates for severe acute malnutrition up to 90-95%. Now, children like Nico can receive lifesaving treatment in just 45 days, for as little as $45. 

Without You

Without you—our blog readers, supporters and donors—we could not have sustained our long-term assistance to the D.R. Congo government, we would not have saved the life of Nico and hundreds of thousands of other children, and we certainly would not be receiving international recognition for our work.

So when I am hearing the awards drum roll, my thoughts will turn to all of our dedicated staff on the ground in D.R. Congo and across the world, and to all of the amazing people who believe in our work.

In my eyes, we have already won.


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About Christian Pielow

Christian is Action Against Hunger's Senior Online Marketing and Technology Officer, finding innovative ways to inform the world of our lifesaving work. Connect with Christian on Google+.