Action Against Hunger
|Action Against Hunger|
|Motto||Providing Innovative Solutions to World Hunger|
|Purpose/focus||To end child malnutrition while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.|
|Headquarters||New York, USA; Montreal, Canada; London, UK; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain|
|Region served||Some 40 countries around the world|
|Budget||$34,380,519 in 2008 |
|Website||www.actionagainsthunger.org (US) www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk (UK)|
Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF International) is an international humanitarian organization with a focus on ending world hunger. Action Against Hunger specializes in responding to emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disaster. Their program areas include nutrition and health, water and sanitation, and food security. They serve more than 6 million people in over 40 countries.
- 1 History
- 2 Programs
- 3 Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award
- 4 Campaigns and activities
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Action Against Hunger (ACF) was established in 1979 by a group of French doctors, scientists, and writers. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Alfred Kastler served as the organization’s first chairman.
ACF initially provided assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, famine-stricken Ugandan communities, and Cambodian refugees in Thailand. It expanded to address additional humanitarian concerns in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Balkans and elsewhere during the 1980s and 1990s. Action Against Hunger’s Scientific Committee pioneered the therapeutic milk formula (F100), now used by all major humanitarian aid organizations to treat acute malnutrition. As a result, the global mortality rate of severely malnourished children under the age of five has been reduced from 25% to 5%.
Action Against Hunger – USA was established in 1985 and became the first member of what is now ACF International. ACF International currently has headquarters in five countries – France, Spain, the United States, Canada and the UK. All members of the ACF International Network agree to a charter of principles: independence, impartiality, nondiscrimination, free and direct access to victims, professionalism, and transparency.
In the short term, Action Against Hunger addresses hunger and malnutrition through feeding centers, food and supply distributions and by providing water and sanitation facilities in emergency situations. In the long term, it provides training in nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, and health care. ACF utilizes international experts and over 6000 local staff to develop programs.
Attack against workers
In 2006, seventeen Action Against Hunger workers were killed in Muttur, Sri Lanka while participating in the reconstruction effort after the 2004 Tsunami. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had recently had a firefight with Sri Lankan government forces in the town. The independent Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has accused government forces of committing the massacre. However, the Sri Lankan government currently denies it and is conducting an investigation.
ACF sets up feeding centers to treat malnourished children. They also help control and prevent malnutrition through child-growth monitoring, nutritional surveys, and public education. Therapeutic feeding centers treat children with acute severe malnutrition through rigorous programs of medical treatment.
Water and sanitation
ACF provides access to safe drinking water by drilling wells, tapping springs, and installing water systems. They train local teams and communities to maintain equipment and work with the population on the importance of clean water and sanitation.
ACF distributes seeds and tools as well as conduct training programs in income-generating activities such as Farmer Field School (FFS), gardening, animal breeding, and food conservation.
ACF sets up mother and child health centers to provide immunization and pre/post-natal care. Their public health programs train medical staff, monitor and control epidemics, and rehabilitate clinics.
Action Against Hunger raises awareness about hunger and seeks to alert the international community when human rights, especially the right to food, are violated.
Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award
The Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who have made substantive contributions to the humanitarian field through philanthropy, public awareness, or their efforts to directly improve conditions for distressed communities.
In 2008, Anderson Cooper was the first journalist to receive the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. He was selected as the recipient for the award in 2008 for his ongoing coverage of key global issues and for bringing some of the most glaring humanitarian tragedies into focus for the American public.
In 2007, film director and Academy Award nominee Terry George was the recipient of the annual award for his long-standing humanitarian commitments, and the impact of his award winning depiction of the Rwandan Genocide in his movie, Hotel Rwanda.
The 2006 Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award recipient was Susan Sarandon. She was honored for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS, and a spokesperson for Heifer International. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore introduced her and presented her with the award.
In 2005, the recipient of the award was the Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in recognition of his outstanding work against hunger, malnutrition and poverty worldwide.
Past recipients of the award have included Nobel Laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela (2004), as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (2002), and Jeff Bridges, among others.
Campaigns and activities
Athletes Against Hunger
A growing number of athletes are devoting their efforts to raising awareness and funds for Action Against Hunger.
This informal assemblage of adventurers, which was dubbed "Athletes Against Hunger", have devoted their time, resources, and hard work to bringing an end to malnutrition. They have climbed Everest, inline skated across the country and hiked the Appalachian Trail, to name a few.
Race Against Hunger
The Race Against Hunger is a Service Learning campaign that unites middle and high school students from all over the world in the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. The Race aims to educate American students about the causes of global hunger and inspire them to be a part of the solution.
The educational component of the Race involves an interactive program about global hunger that teachers implement in their classrooms. Recognizing the paradox of hunger in the developing world amidst an obesity epidemic in the United States, the curriculum is followed by an opportunity for students to engage in a fun and healthy activity through a “fun-run” event. Students seek sponsorships for the “fun-run”, and the proceeds raised by students directly support Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs around the world.
In 2003, Zidane attended the Race Against Hunger organized by Action Against Hunger Spain (also known as Acción Contra el Hambre) held at the French Lyceum of Madrid. This event raised an estimated 25,000 Euros.
Restaurants Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger's annual Restaurants Against Hunger Campaign partners with leaders from the food and beverage industry to bring attention to problem of global hunger. Each year, the campaign raises vital funds and support for Action Against Hunger’s life-saving humanitarian programs.
Various singers have performed at the annual Restaurants Against Hunger Spring Gala including Kaïssa and Clara Lofaro.
Love Food Give Food
Action Against Hunger's new appeal, Love Food Give Food, asks all those who love food to get involved and raise funds to save the lives of malnourished children. As the food and drink industry’s chosen charity, the appeal strives to bring attention to the problem of global hunger and raise over £1 million annually for this cause.
During the months of September and October, hundreds of restaurants fundraise for the Love Food Give Food appeal by adding £1 to the bill or adding 50p to a designated dish. Other restaurants, such as Carluccio’s, support the appeal year-round; Carluccio’s generously donate 50p for each Penne Giardiniera sold.
New for 2011, Love Food Give Food are asking everyone to Host a Dinner Party for Action Against Hunger. The idea is that you sign up online, invite friends around for dinner and then ask them to make a donation to Action Against Hunger, if they liked your cooking. Several celebrity chefs are supporting the Love Food Give Food appeal by providing recipes for the website and cooking at Taste of London, including Jun Tanaka, Cyrus Todiwala, Marcus Wareing, Valentine Warner, Theo Randall and Francesco Mazzei.
- Charity Navigator Rating - Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA
- Reddy, B. Muralidhar. "15 NGO workers killed". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- Huggler, Justin (2006-08-31). "Europe accuses Sri Lankan army of assassinating aid workers". The Independent, UK (London). Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-30.
- FAO Media Centre: Action against Hunger honors J. Diouf
- Love Food Give Food - Action Against Hunger
- Restaurants Against Hunger | Action Against Hunger