Africa has been struggling for decades and it starts as children for many Africans. On this beautiful continent small children have become the fastest-growing sector of the homeless and every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria-more than one million child deaths a year.Unfortunately that's not all Africans must persevere through to make it to adulthood, disease such as HIV/AIDS kill 6,000 people every single day and in some parts of Africa 75 percent of people with HIV also have Tuberculosis, which has become the leading AIDS-related killer among Africans. Basic necessities most of us have in the United States such as clean drinking water are not a reality for many Africans as more than 50% of the population suffer from water-related diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea. Over 2 million people die each year from diseases caused by polluted water and filthy sanitation conditions. Getting healthy consistent meals is almost impossible as well for many living in Africa; more than 90% of citizens are suffering long-term malnourished and micro-nutrient deficiency.
Over 800 million people go to bed hungry everyday; 300 million are children leading to nearly 6 million under the age of 5 dying from malnutrition every year. These are just some of the realities that many Africans face from day to day to year by year; it's a harsh reality for anyone to face regardless of where they live on this planet. Please take a look around our site to learn more about how Be My Light Ministry is helping those most in need.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18
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WHAT IS POVERTY?
*Poverty is the condition in which a person lacks the essentials for a minimum standard of life.
*Poverty is hunger.
*Poverty is lack of shelter.
*Poverty is being sick and not being able to see
*Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read.
*Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time.
*Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water.
*Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.
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No more whining for me after hearing all about these poor people. I've got nothing to be whining about!
Poverty is associated with the undermining of a range of key human attributes, including health. The poor are exposed to greater personal and environmental health risks, are less well nourished, have less information and are less able to access health care; they thus have a higher risk of illness and disability. Conversely, illness can reduce household savings, lower learning ability, reduce productivity, and lead to a diminished quality of life, thereby perpetuating or even increasing poverty.
Poverty is often defined in absolute terms of low income – less than US$2 a day, for example. But in reality, the consequences of poverty exist on a relative scale. The poorest of the poor, around the world, have the worst health. Within countries, the evidence shows that in general the lower an individual’s socioeconomic position the worse their health. There is a social gradient in health that runs from top to bottom of the socioeconomic spectrum. This is a global phenomenon, seen in low, middle and high income countries.
Relieving hunger in Africa has to begin with access to clean water. It may seem simple, but we forget that without access to a reliable source of water, food is hard to grow and even more difficult to preserve and prepare.
It takes huge amounts of water to grow food. Just think, globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.
Water is fundamental to relieving hunger in the developing world. 84% of people who don't have access to improved water, also live in rural areas, where they live principally through subsistence agriculture. Sometimes, areas that experience a lack of water suffer because of poor water management, but more often it is a relatively simple economic issue that can be addressed. This is the difference between physical and economic scarcity.
The Rural-Urban divide
In Sub-Saharan Africa, people in urban areas areas are twice as likely as people in rural areas to have clean, safe water. Another way that we see the urban-rural divide is in sanitation. While rural areas often have less access to sanitation facilities, in Sub-Saharan Africa the situation is very poor. Only 24% of the rural population, and 44% of the urban population have access to sanitation facilities. This means that less than one in three people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to a proper toilet.
There is hope
A small investment in a clean, safe source of water can have a huge impact on both crop production and the nutrition of a community. In fact, one of the most encouraging things we find when we return to sites where wells have been installed is the many small gardens that have popped up all around.
Sometimes the technologies we fund specifically target increased crop production. For example, we fund weirs (sub-surface sand dams) in very dry places where seasonal water flows can be captured and stored. The dams trap rain water on the few rainy days of the year and over time, ground water levels rise.
People can then collect or store the water for drinking. The leftover water seeps into the ground and creates more fertile fields. Simple sustainable irrigation in these dry areas becomes possible. You see a real weir project can make a difference.
SOME OF THE REALITIES MANY AFRICANS FACES
WATER AND HUNGER
Improving Sustainability in Rural Africa
For girls, the situation is especially troublesome. If schools do not have proper toilets, girls drop out once they reach puberty. Further, it is typically the responsibility of the women to fetch water thus limiting their access to both education and business opportunities. Think about it: everyday, women and young girls carry more than 40 pounds of dirty water from sources over 4 miles away from their homes. This leaves little time for education which is critical to changing the long term prospects of developing nations.
With the many additional burdens that a lack of clean water brings, education simply becomes less of a priority. This sets up an unfortunate cycle of poverty and inequality as without a proper education, there is little chance of improving one's situation later in life. Be My Light Ministry in conjunction with Community Light Programme, Mombasa is working to break this cycle. Sometimes the first public voice the women of a community ever have.
LACK OF WATER = LACK OF EQUALITY
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The objective is to produce local chicken since women already know how to grow them. It also gives a job to the HIV women. And our selling point is our local grown without any chemicals. Morever, Our feeding program does not have to depend on some unstable donation. We can sell them to the local people. The unique point of our project is that we do not depend on support or donation but produce the food for women by ourselves. Eggs are high nutrition food so that women can improve their malnutrition.