Last week was about the world food day and the international day for the eradication of poverty. Tackling two very serious problems affecting our world today. World leaders and the world at large pulled together to discuss solutions to the problem of extreme hunger and poverty, outlining ways to tackle these issues. Over the years some progress has been made certain areas while in some places hunger and poverty continue to be major issues. According to the word Data Lab in Vienna Austria 30% of the world’s population live in extreme poverty with more than half of that percentage coming from Africa. Data collected shows 110 countries have successfully eradicated extreme poverty, while 41 countries are losing the fight against hunger and poverty, one of such countries is Nigeria with approximately half of our population living in extreme poverty and an average of 2 people slipping below living on a dollar per day. The fight against world hunger and poverty is not for world leaders and organizations alone, individuals need to be proactive if we are to completely eradicate these issues from our society. Those most affected by rising hunger and poverty rates are children below the age of 15. These children are too young to fend for themselves and are often neglected without access to food, water, shelter clothing and a basic education. UNICEF estimates that 3.1million child deaths yearly are caused by severe hunger, this accounts for 45% of all child deaths yearly. Many of the children living in extreme poverty are led into a life of crime, a lot of girl children fall into teenage or underage pregnancy and so the cycle of poverty continues. Every child deserves to have access to food, water, shelter, clothing, an education amongst other things. At Bethesda we believe that education is a major tool in the fight to eradicate hunger and poverty from our communities, country and the world. In providing sound education to the affected children we will be arming them with the right tools they need to succeed in life. Without an education they face a very uphill task and limited opportunities to provide for themselves and their families in future, but if we invest in the education of these disadvantaged children we will be investing in ideas, future innovators putting them in an environment for them to thrive grow and develop to their full potential. To lend a helping hand Join our lunch out campaign by forfeiting your lunch and donating towards keeping 1,000 children in school for one academic session. With a donation of N1,000 you can keep one child in school for two days. Please support our contribution to the fight against hunger and poverty. Please make donations to FCMB – 0801281029 – Bethesda Child Support Foundation. For more information, please call Ijeoma on 08033536487.