According to statistics released by the Federal Ministry of Health in June 2016, over 2,300 children below the age of five die of malnutrition in Nigeria annually.
This number of dying children does not only seek sympathy, but requires an urgent action, as it would be grossly inhumane to live in a country where people take two spoons out of a well-prepared meal and leave the rest as left over to be wasted in the dust bin, yet there are children dying of malnutrition in various parts of the country daily; children who may need half of the meal discarded as left over to survive for the day.
The mere fact that these kids can be saved from the thorns of starvation puts us on the forefront, to extend help, the little we can, to these dying kids. ¼ of our meal, maybe all a child needs to survive for the day. We can forgo a meal to save a child.
Jennifer Okorie Foundation, through the help of Track Media Enterprise (TME), a Project Management enterprise embarked on a charity project to save children from dying of starvation.
The project which was coded FAST – 17, (Feed And Save Tomorrow 2017) drove through various states in the country, reaching out to the kids living in the creeks who may not have access to portable water or good food, extending love to them by feeding these kids for a day.
The Feed And Save Tomorrow (FAST) charity campaign cut across 3 states, Lagos, Anambra, and the Ebonyi States. During this Food drive, the campaign team made stops at communities with high rates of child malnutrition/starvation, where they fed kids found in those areas.
The project believes that children are the tomorrow we look up to, and in feeding them today, we are saving the tomorrow they will become. Thus, it targets to feed at least 500 – 1000 kids for a day in each of the states it would visit, and commenced with Lagos State on January 21, 2017, before proceeding to the remaining states in the succeeding months.
The campaign had a successful outing in Lagos, Anambra, and Ebonyi as many kids felt the joy of having someone who felt their pain share time with them. We were welcomed to lots of stories and challenges facing kids growing up in these states. A peculiar case was that of families that lost their houses in an inferno, and for weeks have no place to lay their head or squat their properties. These stories did not make the pages of the newspapers because it happened in the remote areas, but our campaign in reaching out to the neglected may be the succor these families need.