Fishing for a Solution to Hunger in South Sudan
Fish Farm In South Sudan, fish are helping communities make themselves hunger-free.
In the past, the only way for communities in South Sudan to have access to fish, a good source of nutrition and income, was to purchase them from Uganda at high import prices.
However, when World Vision programmes brought fish ponds to these communities, fish no longer had to be imported – they merely had to be caught from the ponds now located within the communities, ready to be consumed for sustainable nourishment and sold for sustainable income.
The approach is more scientific than anything the South Sudanese communities had done before. The species raised – Tilapia – grows rapidly and can be easily cared for by youth or other trained community members. And now they can generate income that impacts their whole life, not just their hunger.
It takes the concept of teaching a man to fish to a whole new level.
The fish ponds are teaching people how to grow fish. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to grow fish, and he eats for a lifetime.
This is one way World Vision is fighting for a #HungerFree world.
Cast your line into the movement today.
MEET WASHINGTON: THE ASPIRING DANCING ELECTRICIAN
The cloud of dust that swirls around Washington’s feet when he dances is a lot like the cloud of likability that seems to follow him around. His shy smile and infectious giggle could win anyone over.
The young dancer who dreams of becoming an electrician has an attitude that’s deceptively optimistic.
A Kenyan boy born to a mother struggling to provide for her children, Washington’s young life has been marked by poverty. His story is the story of many other young people in Kenya, where around 10-15 million people suffer from chronic food insecurity and some 7.5 million people live in extreme poverty.
Moving a sheet pinned to a string that serves as his front door, he shows the home his mother made for him and his siblings, optimistically describing what he calls their “poor life situation” as “not very good.” They ate one, maybe two meals a day.
The dancing optimist caught a break when World Vision sponsorship gave him and his siblings a chance to go to school. He decided he wanted to become an electrician in order to give back to his family, especially his mother, who worked so diligently to provide for her children during Washington’s young life.
Washington is a young man full of potential, like so many other Kenyan youth, who simply haven’t had the opportunity to excel.
HungerFree is the movement that can provide those opportunities.
HungerFree aims to unlock the full potential of young people to break the cycle of poverty and free their communities from hunger once and for all in Kenya and South Sudan.
It works through World Vision programmes that provide food assistance in the short term and put assets directly into young people’s hands to empower them to develop sustainable income & food security for themselves and their families over the long term. HungerFree is a holistic approach that simultaneously addresses a youth unemployment crisis that’s left 17.1 per cent of young people unemployed in Kenya alone – just by allowing young people to put their skills and talents to use.
The HungerFree movement is the spark that could ignite Washington’s future – maybe even as the first dancing electrician Kenya has ever known.
A #Hungerfree World is Possible
We have a dream that one day, we’ll live in a hunger-free world.
A world where children don’t have to worry about food, but can instead focus on learning and growth.
A world where there are no hunger statistics because there is no hunger.
A world where sharing a meal becomes an act of joy because food is secure.
Between now and World Food Day (Friday, October 16) – you’re invited to join others all over the world and double-up for a hunger-free world.
What does that mean, you ask?
First, celebrate food and everything it represents.
Between now and World Food Day, find moments to share good food with good people. Gather around the table together to eat and be merry.
Your celebration could take any form you like. Maybe it’s a dinner at your favourite restaurant or sharing pizza with your family while watching the sunset. Maybe it’s gathering a few close friends together for brunch or hosting a themed dinner party in your home.
Then, help others by ‘doubling up’ and donating the cost of your meal to launch HungerFree so that others can celebrate food too.
Match the amount of money you and your friends spent on the meal and donate it to the HungerFree movement. For example, if you bought $30 of pizza to share, give $30 to HungerFree! Check out the video to learn more about how HungerFree will fight hunger and how you can join.
After your meal, keep the party going by sharing moments from your meal online. Post the recipe, share a photo of the appetizer, take a selfie with your entire dinner party. Just make sure to use #hungerfree.
In the coming weeks, we’ll give you plenty of resources to make doubling up as fun as can be. Keep an eye out for tips on hosting, challenges, stories, and more.
This is one food party you don’t want to miss out on. Join HungerFree, and let’s make our dream of a hunger-free world a reality.