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Food 4 Kids is a Muslim Hands campaign to provide nutritional meals daily to poor and orphan children.
We take pride in watching our children and younger siblings attempt their first fast. However, much of this enjoyment comes with the knowledge that good food is readily available at sunset - or even sooner if they give up!
But for tens of millions of children around the world, life is not so simple.
Without access to well-balanced and nutritious food, five million children, succumb to the effects of preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia every year. Many of these deaths can be prevented with simple interventions such as providing healthy food alongside essential vitamins and treatment for infections, insha'Allah.
At Muslim Hands, we've gained over 18 years of experience in supporting the nutritional needs of poor and orphaned children. We provide 9,000 meals on a daily basis but there is so much more to be done.
With your support, Food 4 Kids will impact thousands of lives, insha'Allah.
At Muslim Hands we know that the long term effects of hunger run deep and can cripple whole communities. Endemic malnutrition leads to poor health and increased school drop-out rates. This in turn leads to continued poverty and the vicious cycle continues from one generation to the next.
Muslim Hands Paediatric Consultant Dr D Emmanuel, writes in a recent article:
...If you improve nutrition, you improve a child's ability to focus and achieve well in class and improve the future prospects of an entire family. If a family has strong, healthy working individuals, you have rehabilitated an entire community. In this way, the chain of poverty and ill health is broken...
But addressing malnutrition is not just about providing a healthy meal. To effect long-term change we have to address the underlying causes. We do this by ensuring that teachers are trained to monitor each child's growth and development and to recognise symptoms of malnutrition.
Regular testing and basic treatments for parasite infections also take place to keep children in our care happy and healthy.
Muslim Hands in Mali
In Mali, protein deficiency and endemic poor health are contributing factors to only 39% of children attending primary school.
Muslim Hands works with nutritional advisors to develop well balanced diets addressing specific needs and promoting good general health.
Alhamdulillah, our work significantly reduces illnesses and greatly enhances children's ability to learn and develop.
Right across the developing world, Muslim Hands is working with the most vulnerable children to relieve them from the burden of hunger.
The Muslim Hands Four-Point Plan to combat child nutrition:
Help make a difference with as little as 50p per day. We all know, 50p doesn't go very far in the UK but for children in developing countries, it can make a BIG difference. Your 50p will go towards providing school meals, vitamin supplements and treatment for parasite infections.
With your help we can provide healthier lives and brighter futures for 40,000 children in some of the poorest countries in the world.
children in developing countries still go hungry
every 3.6 seconds a child dies of hunger
a day can provide regular school meals
The righteous are those who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of Allah, saying: 'We feed you for the sake of Allah alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks'.Qur'an 76:8-9
Look through some photos of the campaign in action.