Caustasie, 61, and her grandchildren Gloria, 4, and Emmanuel, 1 year 8 months old in Kiambi, Manono Territory.Caustasie, 61, and her grandchildren Gloria, 4, and Emmanuel, 1 year 8 months old in Kiambi, Manono Territory.

Help keep children like Emmanuel safe from deadly malnutrition

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Giving £22

could help save a malnourished child’s life with a month’s course of therapeutic food.

Giving £55

could help save a malnourished child’s life with a five-week course of therapeutic food and provide filling, hunger-beating staples like beans and flour to feed an entire family.

Giving £90

could help save two malnourished children’s lives with a five-week course of therapeutic food each, provide their families with food like beans and flour and farming kits to grow a long-term supply of vegetables.

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The hunger crisis in the DRC, and across many countries in Africa, is putting millions of children’s lives at risk this Christmas.

A toxic mix of conflict, climate change and now the Covid-19 pandemic, has left many countries across Africa facing severe levels of hunger. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is no different, and because so many people are without enough food, it is now experiencing the world’s biggest hunger crisis.

In the DRC alone, 3.4 million children under five are now malnourished and need urgent treatment. At home in the UK, this would be the equivalent of almost every child under five across the country being malnourished.

The situation is deteriorating and families are telling our staff that they’re running out of options. Please can you help children and their families survive the hunger crisis?

Elaine Kyungu, 23, brings her baby 11 month old baby Ahadi for treatment for SAM at Kiambi health centre, Manono Territory. .Elaine’s baby is currently receiving an emergency course of therapeutic food to recover from a diagnosis of malnutrition.
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Many families in the DRC, have been pushed from their homes due to conflict and natural disasters. They have lost farms and their livelihoods, and have used up all their savings trying to get by. The additional strain of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe economic effects too. These factors are affecting food production, worsening food insecurity and fuelling hunger.

Now, families like Caustasie’s are struggling to feed their children. “Life has become even more difficult than before. I grow what I eat, and if it doesn’t succeed, we don’t eat. The children don’t eat,” Caustasie says.

Sadly, without enough nutritious food, Caustasie's grandson, Emmanuel*, became malnourished. Fearing for his life, Caustasie rushed him to a Concern-supported health centre. Thanks to donations from people like you, Emmanuel was given the life-saving therapeutic food he needed to fully recover.

To Caustasie, having Emmanuel in her arms is the greatest gift of all this year.

With your help this Christmas, we can save the lives of more children like Emmanuel and prevent deadly malnutrition too.

How you can help support our extensive health and nutrition programmes in the DRC and across many countries in Africa this Christmas

  • Life-saving therapeutic food: When a child is severely malnourished, time is of the essence. You could provide a course of emergency therapeutic food; sachets of nutrient-packed peanut paste that malnourished children need to survive and recover.
  • Filling, hunger-beating food for a whole family: Often, when one child is malnourished, other children in the family are likely to be hungry and at risk of malnutrition themselves. By providing essential staples like beans and flour, siblings can eat filling meals to prevent malnutrition and stay healthy.
  • Seeds and tools to grow food: Make a lasting impact and tackle ongoing food shortages by helping families to grow their own food. With equipment such as rakes and watering cans, along with seeds to grow vegetables like tomatoes and cabbages, families will have what they need to stave off hunger.
A life-saving sachet of therapeutic food – the nutritious, ready-to-eat peanut paste that helped saved Emmanuel’s life. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham / Concern Worldwide
A life-saving sachet of therapeutic food – the nutritious, ready-to-eat peanut paste that helped saved Emmanuel’s life. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham / Concern Worldwide
Elaine, 23, feeds her malnourished, 11-month-old-baby Ahadi with therapeutic food in Kiambi DRC
Elaine, 23, feeds her malnourished, 11-month-old-baby Ahadi with therapeutic food. Donations like yours are keeping this Concern-supported health centre in Kiambi, DRC, stocked with vital medicine to save children’s lives. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham / Concern Worldwide
Community members in Kiambi, Manono Territory, DRC, receive a distribution of seeds, farming implements and household goods, as part of a Concern Worldwide programme to combat malnutrition in the area. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
Community members in Kiambi, DRC, receive a distribution of seeds, farming tools and household goods, as part of a Concern Worldwide programme to combat malnutrition in the area. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham / Concern Worldwide
An aerial view of a community home garden, in the village of Kiambi, Manono Territory, DRC. Part of Concern Worldwide’s malnutrition programme, and a means to provide greater supplies of vegetables for impoverished households. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/Concern Worldwide
An aerial view of a community home garden, in Kiambi, DRC. Concern helps communities to set up these gardens so that they can grow their own supply of vegetables and fruits to help tackle malnutrition in the area and learn best practices and techniques so their crops can flourish. Photo: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham / Concern Worldwide
Caustasie Kisoke Mukala, 61, and her grandchildren Gloria, 4, and Emmanuel, 1 year 8 months old in Kiambi, Manono Territory.

Keep children safe from deadly malnutrition

  • This Christmas, a hunger crisis is deepening in the DRC and across many countries in Africa.

  • 3.4 million children under five in the DRC are suffering from malnutrition and need urgent treatment.

  • Give a gift today and help provide life-saving therapeutic food to malnourished children.

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