January

Status: Scheduled –  January 7-11, 2022

72 hour famine for Action Against Hunger

Why

Why this charity and why this feat?

Why the charity?

In short, this charity has had a profound impact on the world. In 2019, Action Against Hunger worked in 51 different countries around the world with more than 7,000 employees and volunteers helping 13.6 million people in need. Action Against Hunger’s Scientific Committee pioneered the therapeutic milk formula (F100), now used by all major humanitarian aid organizations to treat acute malnutrition. Early results showed that treatment with F100 has the capacity to reduce the mortality rate of severely malnourished children to below 5%, with a median hospital fatality rate quoted of 23.5%. A few years later, therapeutic milk was repackaged as ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs), a peanut-based paste packaged like a power bar. These bars allow for the treatment of malnutrition at home and do not require any preparation or refrigeration.

That really sums up why I want to support this charity. Many charities get a lot of funding and it is difficult to see results (not to say there aren’t results, just often difficult to see the). But the results of this charity are very clear. 

Now with an absolutely awful (and severely under reported) conflict in Yemen, supporting charities like Action Against Hunger is very important. To put that crisis in context, read this: Nearly 24 million Yemenis needed humanitarian assistance, 27% more than last year. Hunger levels are growing: 238,000 people are facing famine conditions. Around 7.4 million people need treatment for malnutrition, of which, two million are children under five years old. With regards to water, sanitation and hygiene, 17.8 million people do not have access to the necessary facilities, and 19.7 million people lack access to adequate health care. A massive cholera epidemic has also affected the country, and large numbers of people have been internally displaced.  

So please, help support this charity!

Why the feat?

A good friend of mine told me once when I was complaining how hungry I was, “my dad says it’s important to feel hungry”. It is such a simple thought, but one that has stayed with me over a decade later. 

When you think you are hungry because you missed lunch, use that hunger as a reminder of how many people out there, many of them children, live in a perpetual state of malnutrition. 

It’s for that reason that I do not eat lunch before noon – waiting those few more minutes until the clock strike 12 makes me remember this thought.

To take this to the next level, I will be going 3 days (72 hours) without eating.  I recognize a lot of people do this as part of a health regiment, but the longest I’ve ever gone was 32 hours before a colonoscopy. This will be a challenge, but more importantly, it will be an obvious reminder of how fortunate I am to have never been truly hungry.

 

When?

I will be doing this starting January 7, 2022, until end of day, January 9, 2020. 

Help

Help by donating!

Don’t forget, you can donate to this charity, or any charity, at any point from
January 2021 – February 2022