With extreme climate change, many countries on the African continent are experiencing droughts. Frequent armed conflicts also intensify the existing hunger crisis. The three-year COVID-19 pandemic makes the situation even worse. In 2022, there are around 800 million people suffering from starvation. Among them, 200 million children are displaying various signs of malnutrition. Children’s lives are hanging by a thread while girls have to bear the pressure of dropping out of school or becoming child brides.In the hunger crisis, are starving or giving up their dream the only choices for girls? How will their futures evolve?
Not only is hunger crisis jeopardising the lives of million children, but it is also exploiting their right to education. In Somalia, 38 years old single mother Hoodo is holding her baby tight. She lost two children to starvation in just a month. Her life was once self-sustainable but drought has taken away 200 livestock from her. Since then, the family has moved into an internally displaced person camp.
When food is scarce, girls are always the first to starve. Even worse, they are seen as financial burdens and could be married off at a very young age. 11-year-old Najah comes from Somalia and wishes to be a doctor. However, the hunger crisis forced her to abandon this dream. For girls like Najah, child marriage will soon destroy their futures as they will be used for exchanging food or money.
In times of crisis, children always fall headfirst in suffering and girls have to struggle through dropping out and child marriage.
Children’s lives are in danger and we do not stand by watching them die. We sincerely ask for your helping hands to save more lives!
Plan International staff delivers emergency food packs.
Details of the project are as follows:
Donate HK$400：Providing safe water to 19 families for drinking and maintaining personal hygiene for 3 months
Donate HK$1,000：Providing school meals to 7 children for 2 months, to ensure that they have nutritious meals and can concentrate on study
Donate HK$2,000：Providing food to 22 breeding animals for 2 weeks to keep them healthy so children can have milk for consumption and families can improve their livelihoods
Donate HK$3,000：Providing food to 5 families for 1 month
Donate HK$5,000：Providing safe water to 238 families for drinking and maintaining personal hygiene for 3 months. OR Providing school meals to 34 children for 2 months, to ensure that they have nutritious meals and can concentrate on study
Donate HK$8,000：Providing food to 87 breeding animals for 2 weeks to keep them healthy so children can have milk for consumption and families can improve their livelihoods. OR Providing food to 13 families for 1 month
You can also support Plan International’s emergency relief programmes in developing countries continuously through Plan with Children monthly donation (HK$2/ day).
Other Donation Methods:
Please make a direct deposit into HSBC account #640-068318-838.
Please make a cheque payable to "Plan International Hong Kong Limited"
Cash Donation via Circle K, VanGO or U Select*
Please visit any Circle K, VanGO or U Select in Hong Kong and present the barcode to make a cash donation*. (Each transaction cannot exceed HK$5,000.)
Please scan the QR code below to donate and enter your information (English name, telephone number and email address) and state “Climate & Hunger Crisis Emergency Appeal - 24UNID001” in PayMe message box.
*Please send the original bank receipt/ crossed cheque/ Circle K, VanGO or U Select original receipt/ a screenshot of the mobile donation transaction details together with your name, telephone number and email address to Plan International Hong Kong by mail or email. Please mark “Climate & Hunger Crisis Emergency Appeal- 24UNID001”. (Email: [email protected] Address: 21/F, 9 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong)
Plan International provides children with school lunches. In 43 schools in Kenya, around 18,000 school children are benefitted.