The most extreme form of poverty

Scroll Page


Hunger: A Global Problem

Even in a world of plenty, hunger continues to cripple lives and threaten futures. With over 800 million people across the world suffering the effects of hunger, it is one of the biggest problems that we as a global community face.

When whole communities are starved, people feel ill all the time, they have low energy levels and sometimes are too ill to even work and support their families. Hunger ensures millions of people remain trapped in a cycle of poverty.

At Muslim Hands, we understand hunger can affect people in many different ways and so our work reflects this reality.

Whether it is distributing food aid to victims of war and famine or providing communities with the tools they need to feed themselves over the long-term, we take a practical and dynamic approach to the complicated issues related to hunger.

Key Facts

The negative impact of hunger

1 in 8 people in the world are chronically hungry

Poor people in developing countries spend 60-80% of their income on food

45% of children under five die as a result of poor nutrition


Tackling Hunger with Sustainable Solutions

The ongoing pandemic has severely impacted those who were already vulnerable.

Take Khadeeja (pictured left), an elderly woman who earns money for her family by begging on the streets of Sri Lanka.

She collects a mere 66p per day and this daily feat is a huge struggle. Khadeeja suffers from blindness in her right eye, high blood pressure and diabetes. She is the sole breadwinner for her disabled, widowed daughter and her orphaned grandson.

People like Khadeeja are barely surviving. They hike miles to access clean water, live in overcrowded conditions and can't afford the most basic healthcare. Already struggling to survive, how can they cope with the economic consequences of the global coronavirus crisis?

At Muslim Hands, we believe that, as well as distributing emergency food to people like Khadeeja, it is imperative to provide families with sustainable food and income, so we can truly reach a world with zero hunger.

Muslim Hands UK

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.