We are all faced with many problems in our daily lives. Those of us with a strong will power continue to fight back and live life while others just spend their time blaming the Superior Being for all the troubles. Troubles are of two types. One you can do something about and the other, beyond your capabilities. It is at this time one has to make a choice. Whether to sit and crib over the problems beyond control while those which are in control continuously grown and become out of control; or focus on the problems which one can do something about, have positive energy and become strong to face those troubles which are beyond control. Those who “live” fall in the second category and those are the people who know the true meaning of life.
Pakistan has been subject to the worst ever natural calamities in the recent past. The overall socio-economical and political volatility has only added to the worsening situation as the historical calamities have left what is believed to be 90 million Pakistanis (a figure estimated by World Food Programme) under direct food security threat.
Certain other shocking figures relating to poor nutrition include 13% wasting among children aged 6 to 59 months with levels of stunning and underweight at 37 and 38% respectively. A third of all child deaths are associated with malnutrition. An estimated 45% of women and 67% of children under five are anaemic. These figures are of a 2001 survey and have shown no sign of improvement. 58% of the population of Pakistan cannot access sufficient food. 23% of these are in hunger. In Thatta, a large part of the population survives on one roti and green chilies for the whole day.
While we raise our voice against drones, innocent killings, Balochistan issue, Hazara Shia Massacre, we must also think what is it that we can actually DO to address a situation. As Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
This Ramadan, in the truest of its spirit, lets join hands with World Food Programme – Pakistan and together let us try and initiate the process of uprooting hunger from our motherland. This Ramadan, let’s remember those who are not as blessed as we are. Remember those who are wasting because of hunger. Donate towards the fight for hunger in Pakistan. While the aim is to reach at least 7.4 million neediest people this year, which may seem an uphill task, let us look at a break down and see how doable it is:
1.It only costs USD 7.32 per child per month to provide them with high energy biscuits and oil. This only helps with their nutrition but also encourages school enrolment and retention.
2.It costs only USD 18.50 per child per month to treat moderate acute malnutrition. In six to eight weeks the child reaches a healthy state.
3.It only costs USD 10.46 per pregnant and lactating woman per month to treat malnutrition. A healthy mother is essential for a healthy family.
So put your best foot forward, this indeed is a great way to achieve that inner peace. No better feeling than being a reason for someone sleeping with a full stomach. Donate generously towards the food baskets being prepared to reach our brethren in need of not necessarily our charity but in need of what has been bestowed upon us over and above our own requirement, as a responsibility for those less fortunate.
For more details, please check Fighting Hunger – an initiative against hunger in Pakistan and for contributions please check details on how to contribute to this noble cause.
Looking forward to a healthier Pakistan. Together we can and we will. For regular updates on the programme, please follow Faisal Kapadia @faisalkapadia on twitter.