Every year, thousands of children around the world die from a lack of nutritious food. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year. Many more children are stunted for life because malnutrition robs their body of the nutrients they need for proper development. Malnutrition is a big concern in Sierra Leone but we are working to change their situation. Our approach is really two-fold: we treat sick kids and train their parents but we also work with the local farmers teaching them better agricultural practices, helping them to put seed away for the next planting season and by providing a storage facility so their family will have food to eat all year round.
The Alpha Program has assisted hundreds of children to come back from the brink of death through our therapeutic feeding program. And while the children are recuperating, their parents receive vital training in nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.
World Hope Canada's Alpha Team regularly visits rural villages to provide basic training for parents and to watch for children who may need medical attention.
THE ALPHA PROGRAM EXPANSION PROJECT
Every day we spend valuable time waiting – waiting in a line at the grocery store, the airport, in traffic and long waits in doctor’s offices and hospital ER.
In a small region of Sierra Leone they wait too; they wait to see if their children will live or die. Parents bring their sick kids to . . . read more.