Today is World Food day.
Food has been an important focus for us this year. Early this year we reached out to you during a major crisis, and we can't thank you enough for your speedy and generous response!
World Food Day was established by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in November 1979. Every year a different theme is adopted to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus.
This years Theme is: Food Prices - From Crisis to Stability.
Price swings, upswings in particular, represent a major threat to food security in developing countries. Hardest-hit are the poor. The people we serve at Maji Mazuri are no exception. According to the World Bank, in 2010-2011 rising food costs pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty.
Everyday we witness this first hand. It's a daunting problem, and many people around us tell us we are fighting a losing battle, but with your support, we are making a difference in over a thousand lives a day - whether it's by providing nutrition, education, access to better health, life-skill training and microfinance, as well as facilitating our consistuents own innovative grassroots pathways out of poverty. Your insight is always welcome!
In the words of Steve Jobs, people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, do.
We can't thank you enough for your support.