“More people die of hunger every year in Africa than AIDS, TB, malaria, polio and war combined, in a world of food surplus.”
Although we have always donated what we can here and there over the years, we here at LinguistLearning have decided to formalize our donations and have therefore created a dedicated page in order to raise awareness of this cause.
I think the situation is best summed up in the letter that Bob Geldof and several others wrote to world leaders in 2011:
“As we write, more than 11 million people are suffering the great agony of the worst famine in Africa for many years.
It is incomprehensible that in 2011 anyone should die of starvation. $600 million is needed now for our fellow humans. Not a great sum for the world, even in a time of great economic difficulty for some.
Last week European leaders found over hundred times this amount to shore up the euro and bail out banks, yet countries like France, Italy, the Arab States and Germany have so far given miniscule amounts of money to prevent people dying from hunger.
Surely this must be unacceptable? A true measure of strength is how one cares for the weak. A true test of power is how one protects the frail.”
What we are Doing to Help
Well, we can’t quite stretch to $600 million, but here is what we will be doing from now on:
We hereby pledge to donate a portion of our profits to UNICEF. We will update you on our level of membership to UNICEF’s projects as time goes by.
UNICEF is leading the humanitarian response for nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and is co-leading the response on education and child protection.
Australian assistance through UNICEF will provide: treatment for severely malnourished children, supplementary feeding, immunisations for measles, and upgrading of water and sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion at refugee camps, transit sites, and host communities.
Australia’s assistance to UNICEF is also covering education and child protection activities, including establishing Child Friendly Spaces and primary schools in refugee camps and neighbouring communities.