On Saturday, 9 June 2018, The Panacea Project in partnership with One Voice Initiative For Women and Children Emancipation (OVIWCE), University of Ibadan Medical Students Association (UIMSA), Pendical, Temidayo Abass and some other renowned Organisations held the maiden edition of the “FEED A CHILD INITIATIVE (FACI). The Event held at Nigeria’s Largest City, Ibadan within the Sabo Community, Mokola, Oyo State.
According to the United Nations (UN) Statistics in 2017, number of hungry people globally increases to 815m. 2.5 Million Children in Nigeria are malnourished, some are living in Mokola, Ibadan. Also, 420,000 Nigerian Children die yearly from Malnutrition. 1 in 3 Nigerian Children are stunted. World hunger is rising after many years of decline, according to a UN report which shows that 815 million people did not have enough to eat in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015.According to The State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World, global hunger numbers fell steadily from 926 million in 2005 to 795 million in 2010, and broadly stabilised until last year’s “worrisome” jump.
In terms of percentages, the share of the global population facing chronic food shortages has fallen from just under 15% in 2000 to a low of 10.6% in 2015. The food shortage increased to 11 per cent in 2016.One of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), SDG2 is to End Hunger by 2030 and with Organisations such as the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) at the helm of affairs, it is necessary for Civic Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Profits (NGOs) to join the cause towards actualizing this Global Goal.
This project takes Malnutrition and Food Security into cognizance, hence production and packaging of consumables handed out to children were properly tested, verified to be satisfactory and certified for distribution. The event had over 50 Volunteers. The aim of the Event was to feed over 500 Children with an estimation of NGN 300 per Child. There was a session for medical check-up at the Event which involved Malnutrition Test and Counselling.One of the major features of the event was Children dancing, with the volunteers counselling them on the importance of education. The children showcased their talents with some of them having specialities in Hair making, Singing, Painting and bead making. The children were encouraged on the importance of consistently and deliberately honing their Skills. The Sabo Community is home to more Children and residents from the Hausa tribe than those of other ethnic groups.The Head of the Panacea Project Team, Mr Folajimi Adesanya is a Medical Student from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. With her partners, commited Volunteers, Donors and Sponsors, the Children of Mokola Area of Ibadan were excited with the loving and peaceful atmosphere during the Event.The June Edition of the “Feed A Child Initiative” is first of several other editions this Year.
On behalf of the CHILDREN at Sabo Community, we say thank You to all involved in making the project a Successful one.
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