Dreaming Out Loud Will Work With Leading African Development NGO to Tackle Local Food Insecurity
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 - Africare, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, has partnered with Dreaming Out Loud, a locally-based non-profit empowering under-served communities, to generate a greater awareness of food insecurity in the U.S. capital for World Hunger Day on Tuesday May 28, 2013.
Malnutrition affects almost 40 percent of children under 5 in Sub-Saharan Africa, but hunger is not restricted to the developing world. Approximately 37.4 percent of households with children in D.C. do not have enough money to buy needed food at some point during the year, which is the worst rate in the United States.
“Hunger is more complicated than a society lacking enough food. Serious crises and even famines can occur although sufficient food is available because people lack the means to access it or utilize it nutritiously,” explained Kendra Davenport, Africare’s Chief Development and Communications Officer. “Africare’s expertise lies in comprehensively addressing the food insecurity in Africa, but we recognize, despite climactic and cultural differences, that residents of the developed world and our neighbors in Washington, D.C., where we are headquartered, can struggle with similar hardships.”
Africare will be present at Dreaming Out Loud’s Aya Community Market on Saturday May 25 at the Southwest Waterfront, 900 4th Street S.W. Africare will also participate in the cleanup of Dreaming Out Loud’s future community garden site, 600 Delaware Avenue S.W., from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday May 28.
Dreaming Out Loud will also engage with Africare and the general public during Africare’s #Fast4Hunger social media campaign on World Hunger Day, Tuesday May 28 that will encourage a fasting pledge from participants – be it several hours or a day — to better grasp the plight of food insecure families who do not know from where their next meal will come. Participants can then share their experiences with Africare through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram messages using the hashtags #Fast4Hunger. Participants can take the #Fast4Hunger pledge by signing up on #Fast4HungerFacebook event page and downloading the #Fast4Hunger Challenge Toolkit.
“For far too long we have looked at Africa as a distant land, and far too often we look at our neighbors as if they are distant folks,” said Christopher Bradshaw, the executive director at Dreaming Out Loud. “With this partnership with Africare starts the process of bridging both of those gaps.”
In 2012, Africare implemented Agriculture & Food Security projects in 16 of its 19 project countries including Tanzania, where Africare interventions allowed nutrition services to reach more than 96,500 children, and Ghana, where Africare directly reached 2,000 farmers through training meetings and plot demonstrations and approximately 25,000 beneficiaries through outreach via newspapers, television coverage and educational, call-in radio broadcasts.
“Hunger knows no geographic borders, race, creed or color; nor do the systemic issues that cause this unnecessary human condition. Both in the United States and in Africa — across urban and rural communities — there exists an opportunity to write a new food future based on social and economic justice. The question is: will we fight for it? We know that the answer is yes. These two organizations are a part of the same fight. This partnership represents a reflection of shared values, centered on a belief in people’s ability to solve their own challenges and a commitment to service. We share a common focus on building the citizen sector through sustainable, healthy and productive communities, and we are excited to build a partnership into the future,” said Bradshaw.
For more information about the Africare and Dreaming Out Loud partnership please contact Brent Stewart at 202-328-5369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has provided well over $1 billion of assistance and support through more than 2,500 projects in Agriculture & Food Security; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women’s Empowerment; and Health, HIV & AIDS that have impacted millions of beneficiaries in 36 countries in Africa. Visit http://www.africare.org for more information.
About Dreaming Out Loud
Dreaming Out Loud’s mission is to design and implement innovative human development programs and high-impact social enterprises, within their ethical framework, that empower the potential in under-served communities. In service to communities they engage, Dreaming Out Loud commits to being a force of inspiration, character development and leadership capacity-building for youth, engaging youth and low-skill workers in education and workforce investment programs that build transferable 21st century skills, and creating sustainable employment opportunities that provide entry into the new “green economy” for low-income individuals. Visit http://www.dreamingoutloud.org/ for more information.