One simple cup of milk a day is dramatically changing the lives of hundreds of children in Burundi. In one of the world’s poorest and hungriest nations (where the World Food Programme states that 58% of the population is chronically malnourished), this vital source of nutrition is making an enormous difference. Milk matters – a lot!
Burundians have extremely limited opportunities to earn an income and those they do have are fraught with challenges. In one of the least-developed nations of the world, nothing is straightforward, and the future can feel very bleak. For parents, the pressure of finding food for their children is enormous and often just not possible. Even one meal a day has become a luxury for most.
Our Support Matters!
We have been supporting hundreds of families in recent years who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in crisis, and fighting for survival. We’ve seen first-hand the impact of poverty and the effects of malnutrition.
Because vitamin and mineral deficiencies are rampant, the children are susceptible to infection. They may develop all manner of diseases, could go blind, or even die. Inadequate nutrition severely impacts children’s development and mental capacity. When we ask the age of a child, it’s often a shock to discover that, most times, they are several years older than they appear. The girl in the photo below is 10 years old.
Their Support Matters!
Another huge benefit is that the milk we supply is purchased from the Milk for Transformation enterprise, which we also support. This enterprise has already lifted over 400 rural families out of poverty and makes milk available for purchase to low-income families in the city. Therefore, when you buy milk for a child you are also helping many others. A simple cup of milk really does have the potential to save lives and change futures.
Your Support Matters!
With your support and generosity we have been able to supply hundreds of litres of highly nutritious full-fat milk to children, and it’s making a huge difference. The children we originally supported were noticeably malnourished and fatigued. They were often very sick, and their growth was stunted. However, after the little ones in one community received a daily supply of milk for a year, the difference was staggering. They had put on weight and were so much healthier and more alert. They had started to grow again, and there was life in their little eyes!
The need is enormous right now and sadly outstrips what we can supply. Due to the crisis in the nation, the number of children and pregnant or nursing mothers needing help has risen substantially. So, if we are to meet that need, we will have to almost double the daily supply of milk.
If you would like to help, you can sponsor a child for just £10 a month, or you can make a one-off donation here. It really will make a huge difference!
Every little helps and every litre of milk matters!