To Create a Hungerfree World, We Must End Violence

Did you know there are more than 50 active wars, civil wars and insurgencies currently raging across the planet? More than 60% of the world’s hungry and 70% of all under five child mortality occurs in the 50 most fragile, forgotten places of the world, where violence and conflict is also most prevalent.

If we are to truly create a hungerfree world, where everyone has food for today and food for tomorrow, we must end violence against children.

As the battle to re-take Mosul continues, urgent action is needed to allow children to resume their education, says World Vision. Aaron Moore, World Visionís Program Manager in northern Iraq, says: ìChildren in Iraq are being shaped by this conflict. Thousands have been out of school for years and under ISIL rule havenít been unable to play games with their brothers and sisters. Weíre at a tipping point where we urgently need to support them in camps and host communities with learning opportunities to help re-introduce them to the basic freedoms of childhood.

Today, World Vision launched a new global campaign to end violence against children. ‘It takes a world to end violence against children’ aims to catalyse a global movement of people committed to keeping children safe from harm. Its name reflects the fact no one person, group or organisation can solve this problem alone.

Kamama (in purple shirt) and other students at Sengelel Primary School learn science principles and how to grow healthy foods by working in a school garden. ìWe grow tomatoes, sukumi wiki (collards), and other greens, including wild greens that our grandparents used to eat,î says teacher Korio John (red jacket). When school is in session, students care for the garden and water it twice a day, ìearly and late,î he says. ìWe couldnít do this if we didnít have the water systemî he says The school Kamama attends, Sengelel Primary School in West Pokot County, Kenya, benefits from the Mtelo water system provided by World Vision. World Vision built latrines and organized WASH clubs for the students to learn about sanitation and hygiene. Enrollment has increased from 200 students to 500 since the water system was completed in 2015, says Korio John, teacher for class 2. ìItís made a huge difference,î he says.   Kamama, age 5 and sponsored, lives in a community served by World Visionís Mtelo water project in West Pokot County, Kenya. The gravity-fed water system supplies clean water to about 800 households as well as schools, churches, and a health center.

Small acts when multiplied by millions of people can transform the word. With that in mind, we ask you to support this campaign and take meaningful action to end violence against children everywhere.

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