December 2020 - Merry Christmas
250 Children from our DRC Soup kitchen and 30 children from the DRC Grow Together Kindergarten each received a Hotdog and a small sweet parcel in order to feel “a little spoiled” for the festive season. Each child, sanitized and was only allowed in with strict regulation of wearing a mask.
Thank you to Orano Mine for a large food order consisting of 10KG rice and maize meal, macaroni, sugar and baking flour. Each family from the Soup kitchen received either a 10KG maize meal or Rice with a parcel of Sugar and Baking Flour. They were overjoyed by the gratitude of receiving a large food donation to help their parents this December to help sustain their family.
Hunger has been increasing worldwide even before the pandemic. After decades of decline, the number of undernourished people has risen since 2015.
Africa is particularly at high risk. Every fifth person is malnourished - more often than in any other region of the world. By 2030, the United Nations had forecast that this could be a quarter even without the pandemic. Africa's population is also growing faster than that of any other continent, meaning that by 2030 more than half of the world's starving people will be living there.
Predicting the long-term effects of COVID-19 on food security is difficult, not least because of the uncertainty about what the global economy will look like in the future. When the FAO released its report in June, it was clear that the pandemic had a significant impact.
Many people have lost their jobs due to the corona virus and schools have been closed. Hunger problems occurred not only in Namibia, but throughout Africa.
DRC Soup-kitchen was delighted to welcome familiar faces with a warm meal.
"Back to the routine" The DRC Soup-kitchen currently feeds 150 children twice a week. Since children do not understand the concept of "social distance" and the mandate of wearing a mask in public, we had to introduce a new system. Separating children into age groups for feeding at different time intervals help in preventing the virus from spreading.