Fighting Poverty During Pandemic

Under Article 25 of the United Nations 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states that Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.

Royal Group Charity Foundation works with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. But what do we mean by “the world’s poorest people?” And how do we help them?

Why Hunger?

Royal Group Charity knows hunger affects everything for the world’s poorest people. We believe no one should have to live with hunger and the damage it does. That’s why we’re working for a world in which no one dies for want of safe, quality, nutritious food.

Our Role

We are specialists in tackling hunger with the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest places. For more than 15 years, we’ve been developing and delivering practical, intelligent, sustainable solutions that have transformed lives. We combine our expertise with local knowledge.

The Problem of Hunger

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in the fight against global poverty, hunger is the world’s biggest health problem.

According to a report from the United Nations food agencies, 690 million people in the world’s population go to bed on an empty stomach each night.

Right now 795 million people do not have enough to eat and the vast majority of them live in developing countries. We believe that no one should have to live with hunger and the damage it does.

Lack of food jeopardizes the wellbeing of families. Mothers are forced to reduce the number of meals children eat. Families replace nutritious foods like vegetables and beans for staples like corn and millet. Without the right nutrients, children can’t grow up healthily, adults don’t have enough energy to work and people’s immune systems are weak, turning common infectious diseases into killers.

Tough Choices

Hunger forces people to make tough choices that push them further into poverty. Parents take their children out of school to work. Families eat seeds that should be preserved for the next harvest. These choices make vulnerable people even more vulnerable. When disaster strikes, it’s the poorest communities already exposed to hunger and disease who suffer the most.

Long Term Effects

Hunger prevents communities from escaping poverty. The long term effects of hunger go beyond health. Poor nutrition leads to poor performance in school and fewer opportunities. Children’s brains will not fully develop and their bodies will be stunted. This has a devastating long term effect on families, communities and countries.

In Depth

Royal Group Charity’s mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives which last and spread without ongoing support. To achieve this mission, Royal Group Charity engages in long term development work, responds to emergency situations, and seeks to address the root causes of poverty through our development education and advocacy work.

During the effects of Covid-19, estimates suggest that an additional 85 to 130 million more people will be chronically hungry due to the pandemic.

Royal Group Charity Foundation calls for a firm stance in fighting to end hunger across the world.

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