In the developed world most people have no idea what stunting is. It is a health problem we do not have to worry about because access to nutritious and fortified foods is largely available in our supermarkets and restaurants and ultimately our kitchens. For us, the stark opposite of stunting for our children is our major dilemma. In developing countries, however, stunting is an everyday part of life for many.
It is a cultural challenge. You will go to communities where food is available, but it is not given to the children. These foods are there, but you will find women are making maize porridge and giving it to children. Food is available in the communities. It is a question of knowledge. Geoffrey Kirenga, CEO of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania
In Tanzania, forty-four percent of all children are stunted according to numbers released by the World Bank. Feed the Future says the number is slightly lower at 42 percent. This number is “highly unacceptable” says Obey N. Assery, the Director of the Department of Coordination of Government Business. Stunting occurs, of course, when children do not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth. Surprisingly, adequate nutrition for children begins in the womb during the first 1000 days before birth through a child’s second birthday. That means mothers play a pivotal role in ensuring the proper growth of their children even before they are born which makes decreasing the stunting rate in Tanzania more difficult to manage.
“It’s here!”, wrote the Malala Fund on Facebook on June 18, 2015. Take a first look at He Named Me Malala a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s life, story and personal journey as an education activist. Pledge to see the film only in theaters this October at http://bit.ly/1IlDIMg.
Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education worldwide.
“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
— Lau Tzu, Chinese Philosopher
That inspirational quote has never rang more true than when considering the journey of thousands of successful women entrepreneurs around the world who started out with little more than a desire to provide the basic fundamental needs for their families.
Although female entrepreneurship has been steadily increasing over the last 10 or 15 years, there are still many hurdles to overcome. This is especially true for women in underprivileged communities here in the U.S. and abroad. While starting a new business is an uphill challenge for most budding entrepreneurs, for women living in poverty, it is often considered an impossible dream.
But seemingly insurmountable odds are no match for a woman with a burning passion to succeed.
It is in that gap, between the audacity of hope and the fulfilling of needs, that the Coca-Cola Company saw an opportunity to be of service.
Written by Stacy Gammill, Communications Manager & Chief Writer, Mom Bloggers Club Network. You can follow her on Twitter @stacy_gammill.
There is no lack of terror and sadness in the news, especially terror directed toward women and children. It can be easy to fall back on reporting the trauma that pervades people’s everyday lives as it is unfolding, watching parents bury their children, wives bury their husbands and orphans’ cries going unanswered.
Yet out of the terror, darkness and sadness, if you choose to look hard enough, you can find sparks of hope, light and laughter.
A Nigerian terrorist group known as Boko Haram have been terrorizing Nigerian towns and villages since 2009, and were broadcast to the world after their brazen attack last April in which they kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in the Nigerian town of Chibok and inspired the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. Since the start of 2014, an Amnesty International report details that Boko Haram have abducted at least 2,000 women and girls and massacred 5,500 civilians in the same time period.
But some do manage to escape, and with the help of generous donors, they can begin to rebuild their lives. Award-winning journalist Abigail Pesta followed up with four survivors who were able to flee Boko Haram and are now living in Canyonville, Oregon.