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Concern Worldwide (UK) launches Free From Hunger appeal
Concern Worldwide (UK) has launched Free From Hunger, a new three-month appeal to support its work in the world’s poorest countries to end malnutrition and hunger.
The appeal, which launches on 25 September, will help ensure mothers and babies get the food, water, nutrition and healthcare they need to recover from malnourishment and stay strong and healthy in the long term.
All donations received before 24 December will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, ensuring even more children get the nutritious food and healthcare they need to reach their full potential.
This matched funding will go towards Concern’s work to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children under five in the Central African Republic, where poor nutrition has led to the country being ranked as the world’s hungriest. The country has one of the world’s highest rates of child mortality, ongoing conflict has severely affected the livelihoods and living conditions of over half of the population, and over a million people have been forced from their homes, severely affecting households’ livelihoods and access to food.
We are launching this appeal because in many of the world’s poorest countries where we work, conflict, instability and climate change are reducing people’s ability to grow or buy enough nutritious food, often with devastating results.
Bob Ruxton, interim Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK) said:
"We are launching this appeal because in many of the world’s poorest countries where we work, conflict, instability and climate change are reducing people’s ability to grow or buy enough nutritious food, often with devastating results.
"The first years of a baby’s life are crucial for their future. Ensuring mothers and children under five have proper food and care means they are more likely to thrive, perform better at school, be less susceptible to illness and ultimately live a happier and more productive life."
Every mother wants to give their child the best possible start in life. Concern’s Free From Hunger Appeal will ask the UK public to help pregnant women, new mothers and children get the food and care they need to survive.
International Development Secretary, Alok Sharma, said:
"Every mother wants to give their child the best possible start in life. Concern’s Free From Hunger Appeal will ask the UK public to help pregnant women, new mothers and children get the food and care they need to survive. Every donation made will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, meaning we can make double the difference, and help provide the hope of a better future for these women and children."
For more information contact Siobhan Sheerin, Senior Communications Officer on 020 7801 1046 or [email protected]
UK Aid Match brings charities, the British public and the UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
It is designed to provide opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent, whilst boosting the impact of the very best civil society projects to reach the poorest people in developing countries.
For every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government will also contribute £1 of UK aid, to help these projects go further in changing and saving lives. UK Aid Match is funded from the international development budget, for donations made by individuals living in the UK.