The increasing impact of climate change and continued political instability across sub-Saharan Africa has led to over 233 million people being hungry and malnourished in the region. The extreme flooding and long drought periods in the region make it very difficult to grow crops and produce enough food for their family and community. Africa is now producing less food per person than ever before and the average plot of food is barely big enough to feed one small family.
African Development Trust are on the ground in some of the Africa’s malnourished regions providing emergency food parcels for families and refugees. In 2016 emergency food packs were distributed to over 15,000 households in Somalia, Pjiboti and Kenya alone. But, there are millions more families who need our support to survive. For just £65 you can give enough food to one family for a whole month.
Long-term malnutrition is having an impact across generations and communities. Every year an increasing number of children are growing up stunted because of malnutrition; in 2017 it was estimated that over 30% of all children were directly impacted by the malnutrition that they and their parents had suffered during their lifetimes. Our new medical centres which provide nutritional advice are just one way we are working hard to improve malnutrition in Africa. Without the investment in road, water access, irrigation systems and agricultural machinery people in rural communities are being forced to move to urban areas for work. All of this is leading to reduced food production and increasing extreme food shortages across Africa.
African Development Trust want to build an Africa that is no longer reliant on emergency aid and monthly food parcels. We are empowering local communities to become experts in agriculture by providing them the resources and training they need to succeed. By working with local communities and organisations we are ensuring that the next generation will see that the agricultural industry can be a profitable business and save their community in the future.
Food in Islam
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) quoted Allah as saying: “O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not.” (The person) will respond: “O Lord, how could I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds?” (Allah) will then say: “Did you not know that My (hungry servant) asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found (the reward for doing so) with Me?” Hadith Qudsi 18
Feeding the poor has a very specific reward in Islam. By donating your Zakat and Sadaqah to feed the poor in sub-Saharan Africa you will be saving a life.