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Unformatted text preview: Action Against Hunger: 40 Countries, 5 Million People Each Year By: Ashley Choe, Patrick Stephenson, Nelissa Taveras, Marcus Dunham Specific Purpose: We want our audience to recognize Action Against Hunger as a non- profit organization that services different people worldwide. Introduction: I. Attention- Getting Device We live in a very privileged society. We are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to be picky about what we eat, to have our preferences. But would we still be fussy about what we eat if we suffered from chronic malnutrition due to famine? This is something that we often forget about because the idea of hunger is so foreign to us. But what if you took a look at famine, what would you see? Well, let’s take a look. (Show poster of Action Against Hunger: - against- hunger- sense- small- 86913.jpg) II. Orientation Phase Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Global hunger is still a prominent issue. Therefore, this organization takes action to build sustainable solution programs to combat hunger and water deprivation. It has made an impact benefiting nearly 5 million lives each year in 40 different countries. Action Against Hunger gives us the opportunity to take initiative and to impact many lives through this organization via donations, partnerships, fundraising, and attendance to events. Credibility Although many of us do not experience on a day- to- day basis the true sense of hunger, we still know that it exists. We are aware of its vast effects on those it strikes. Without researching on Google, we may not know the exact numbers, but we do know that people are hungry and extremely underweight. But even more disturbing, we know that people are dying because of chronic malnutrition. Justification The World Food Program states that 925 million people do not have enough food to eat. They simply do not have the resources and the means to access the food they need. However, according to the 2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics that was formulated by the World Hunger Education Associate, the world is capable to produce enough food to feed the entire world population. Hunger exists because these resources are not distributed evenly. Therefore, as we become more educated about organizations like Action Against Hunger, we are given the opportunity to take action and spread out resources that go beyond food and water, but also knowledge, protection, and livelihood. Thesis Action Against Hunger helps millions of families and children who live in devastated countries forced to live in meager conditions and suffer great losses. The organization does more than just feed the hungry. It infiltrates areas worldwide in distress and offers sustainable solutions to prevent hunger and thirst later on. Action Against Hunger’s notable endeavors prove that it is an organization worth supporting. Enumerated Preview My group members and I will begin by addressing the pressing issues that Action Against Hunger confronts. These issues include: malnutrition, water sanitation, and people’s livelihood. Then we will discuss how Action Against Hunger addresses these issues, allowing us to analyze the significance it has had globally. Transition: According to the “Hunger Stats” of the World Food Program, 925 million people do not have enough food to eat. Body III. According to the Action against hunger website 55 million of these people are children. A. Every year at least 3.5 million children die from mal- nutrition related causes. B. That’s approximately 6 children per minute. IV. There are different levels of malnutrition Action Against Hunger confronts. A. Acute malnutrition occurs when the body does not receive the nourishment it needs to support vital organ functions, cell development and tissue maintenance. B. When this happens the body then begins to eat away at its own tissues searching for the nutrients and energy it needs to survive. V. VI. 1. The body’s metabolism begins to slow, thermal regulation is disrupted, kidney function is impaired and the immune’s system capacity is diminished. 2. The greater the loss of muscle and tissue the less likely someone will recover and survive. There are two forms of Acute Malnutrition, Moderate Acute Malnutrition and Severe Acute Malnutrition. A. Acute malnutrition affects approximately 36 million children worldwide. 1. It weakens a person’s immune system leaving them more susceptible to illness and disease. 2. It weakens a person’s immune system leaving them more susceptible to illness and disease. a. Some of these deficiencies include but are not limited to anemia (lack of iron), goiter (lack of iodine), and xeropthalmia (lack of vitamin A) b. As well as scurvy, pellagra (lack of Niacin, vitamin B3), beriberi (Lack of vitamin B1) and rickets (lack of vitamin D). B. Severe Acute Malnutrition is the most extreme and deadliest form of acute malnutrition. 1. Severe acute malnutrition affects approximately 19 million children worldwide. 2. It may develop as one of two forms Marasmus or Kwashiorkor a. Marasmus is a significant loss of weight and muscle tissue b. Kwashiorkor is diagnosed by bilateral edemas on a child’s arms, legs, and face. 3. Only 3- 10% of the 19 million children affected by severe acute malnutrition receive treatment. Action Against Hunger works to address these malnourishments and decrease the margin of death by working during the “window of opportunity”. A. The Window of opportunity is the crucial time between pre- pregnancy and two years of age where child nutrition is crucial. B. Action against hunger works to evaluate, treat, and prevent Malnutrition during this crucial point in a child’s life. 1. In evaluating the nutritional needs of a specific region the organization collects baseline data on local capacities, resources infrastructure and geography. 2. Then the organization uses this data to work on treating current cases of malnutrition and looking at ways of preventing future ones. 3. Afterwards Action Against Hunger works with local partners to ensure that the solutions put in place remain. Transition: Although Action Against Hunger’s core mission is to fight against global hunger, it still addresses other pressing issues. VII. Water sanitation and hygiene poses to be a major issue in many developing countries; therefore, a large part of what Action Against Hunger does is related to maintaining water sanitation and hygiene in the countries they work in. A. Did you know that almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water? Or that a third of the world’s population lives without basic sanitation infrastructure like a toilet? B. Every day approximately 4,000 children die from illnesses caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. VIII. Action Against Hunger works to provide people with access to clean water A. Where water is scarce or unsafe, they drill and decontaminate wells and install hand- pumps 1. Providing clean and safe water 2. Pipe water into hard- to- reach villages and health centers 3. For communities that are constantly in risk, Action Against Hunger constructs water filters made from basic materials B. Take measures to protect natural springs, tap aquifers, and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure C. During emergencies, Action Against Hunger has trucks install reservoirs and storage tanks IX. The organization also takes steps to promote sanitation and hygiene A. They teach locals healthy practices like hand washing, cooking with clean utensils, and drawing water from protected sources. 1. Using water filters 2. Utilizing the water improvements made by AAH B. During certain crisis’s, Action Against Hunger will distribute hygiene kits, build latrines and hand- washing stations. X. After Action Against Hunger works to help improve the water sanitation and hygiene issues, it takes further steps to ensure lasting change. A. Action Against Hunger organizes village health teams to model good sanitation and hygiene practices for their communities long after they leave an area. B. Committed to community participation ensures long- term capacity 1. Train community- based water committees 2. Committees learn to manage their water and sanitation infrastructures themselves Transition: Action Against Hunger made a huge impact on a global scale, and deserves to be recognized as a committed organization to improving the lives of millions who live in impoverished conditions XI. “Committed to principled humanitarian action, ACF restores dignity, self- sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations around the world.” A. They provide help across 5 continents and 40 countries B. In 2011 alone they… 1. Assisted 850,000 people across Africa with treatment and stability after the natural drought and food shortages 2. Administered training of health and hospital workers to save 51,000 lives in the Congo 3. Provided access to safe water and sanitation to over 3.5 million people across the world 4. Assisted over 2.3 million people with training for living self- sufficiently 5. Provided food security programs to 585,000 Ugandans XII. Their impact is not just a short term donation A. They provide the training and tools to help people live longer, better, and self- sustaining lives B. Programs in nutrition, food security and livelihoods, water, sanitation, and hygiene Conclusion XIII. Action Against Hunger provides several suggestions on how you can help right away. A. The easiest and fastest way to help take action against hunger is by donating. 1. The website accepts donations online. 2. Donations can be one- time only, or automatic monthly payments. 3. Also, Action Against Hunger offers donations in honor of a loved one. 4. You can also donate by transferring stock, or donating a vehicle. B. Beyond donations, fundraising is a great way to support Action Against Hunger. 1. Rather than one donation, harness your friend, family, and peer, to help spread awareness. 2. People in the past have hosted events, ran marathons in dedication of Action Against Hunger, and had birthday parties to spread the word. 3. On the website it shows the 3 easy steps to join Action Against Hunger to register, support and donate. 4. *Show Wesbite* C. Another way in which you can support Action against hunger is by partnering with the organization. 1. 85% of Americans favor products or companies that support a cause they care about. 2. Partnering sets a specific company out from the others because of there sense of global responsibility. 3. Companies can partner with Action Against Hunger by direct donations, In- Kind support (in- house marketing, marketing, consulting expertise), sponsorship (through events) or employee involvement. D. There are many events that Action Against Hunger already has planned. 1. Attending one of these events will help raise awareness and funds for the organization. 2. On June 5, 2012 the AAH will be hosting the Great Gathering of the Chefs. 3. At this event, many well known American Chefs come together to celebrate the Alan Batt’s newest cookbook “Street Eats.” 4. Guests will be able to sample cuisine from the book as well as meet the chef’s. 5. All proceeds go to AAH E. There are many ways to give back to this organization. 1. I hope that today everyone learned something from our presentation on Action Against Hunger. 2. This is global problem that needs to be addressed. 3. Make a difference in someone else’s life and join Action Against Hunger. Bibliography "Global Malnutrition." Action Against Hunger. Action Against Hunger, 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. < global- malnutrition>. "Hunger Stats." World Food Programme Fighting Hunger World Wide. World Food Programme, 14 Sept. 2010. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. < stats>. ...
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  • Fall '12
  • DaveDamery
  • Nutrition, Famine, Malnutrition

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