Malnutrition and Heifer International

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Somewhere around the world, somebody is dying of hunger. They die of hunger because of poverty, lack of food and resources. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) reports that, "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2003 showed that the number of people suffering from chronic extreme hunger increased during the last half of the 1990s by 18 million. This means that 842 million people in developing and transition countries are severely undernourished—three times the total U.S. population" (Heifer International). There are a lot of people suffering from extreme hunger today in developing countries. Because of hunger and poverty, an undernourished person would be too weak to work efficiently resulting in low wages and poor productivity. Their hunger can lead to even greater poverty because of their poor health. The Bread for the World, a Christian citizen movement states that "Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes—one child every five seconds". It's sad to hear children dying of hunger but it is a reality. They are born into struggling families who cannot afford to feed them and provide good health care. Ending hunger and poverty is a possibility in the near future. One organization that helps end poverty and hunger is Heifer International. Heifer International is an independent, non-profit organization that provides livestock to poor families in developing nations to use for farming, food production, and fertilization. It gives the struggling families the source of food which is the animal rather than the food alone. Heifer's mission is to care for the earth, end poverty and hunger by working with communities.

One example of Heifer International's work is the principle of "passing on the gift". It is a never-ending gift because the family who receives it passes it on to the next family and so on. The gift is an animal like a cow or a goat. The gift is given to poor families who are...
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