World Food Issues: Aid organization Report

 

Stop Hunger Now India

            Stop Hunger Now India is a non-profit organization that has been focused on providing aid to poverty in India in the form of education and meal packs intended to deliver then healthy foods rich in necessary vitamins and minerals and provide them with resources and opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. So far they have packed 1,049,888 meals in India full of rice, dal dehydrated vegetables, and a vitamin sachet that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals (Stop Hunger Now India). The overall mission of Stop Hunger Now is to end hunger in our lifetime and provide aid to the world’s most vulnerable countries by mobilizing resources around the world to actually make an impact by saving lives and positively influencing poverty rates (Stop Hunger Now India).

            The meals provided by Stop Hunger Now are designed for malnourished people with a focus on women and children (Stop Hunger Now India). This is the largest demographic of people is influenced anemia and underweight malnourishment. Anemia is one of the most prevalent issues in India’s public health influencing high amounts of pregnant women and young girls (Toteja, 2006). A survey showed that about 89% of pregnant women and 60% of adolescent girls suffer from anemia but do not receive any care or assistance (Toteja, 2006). This fact alone represents the positive impact Stop Hunger Now is having on India just by acknowledging problems that have been ignored for so long. Women are ignored and treated unequally so often in developing nations and receive less attention, food, and rights. Stop Hunger Now realizes these women and children need assistance and have put in place action that isn’t expensive and has a tangible effect on the livelihood of India’s people.

            The other main focus of the organization is to put focus on educational systems. They put emphasis on providing hot meals to schools and working with school feeding programs because it gives parents the incentive to keep sending their children to school (Stop Hunger Now India), which then increases their education, knowledge of nutrition, and helps them break the cycle of poverty. By learning new skills and getting prepared to enter the workforce and India’s economy they help propel themselves forward and break the chain of poverty that is so hard to escape. It can be almost impossible to break the cycle of poverty because children’s brains are physically changed in a negative way due to exposure to poverty (Jensen, 2009). Poverty also provides social and emotional challenges and health and safety issue (Jensen, 2009). By moving out of extreme poverty and getting an education they also promote change in other areas of society like childhood morality, gender equality, ad fighting HIV/ AIDS (Stop Hunger Now India). By providing healthy meals to schools, Stop Hunger Now India is helping India improve its health, lower poverty and hunger rates, and so much more.

            Their influence in improving health and promoting education leads to more kids moving on to secondary education which important to economic growth, reduction of poverty, and improving infant mortality (Tilak, 2007). In India, higher education has been ignored by the government and not figured into poverty reduction agenda (Tilak, 2007). However, Stop Hunger Now’s initiative has helped improve its standings and India’s livelihood in multiple ways.

            Stop Hunger Now India is focused on saving lives, ending hunger, and taking action. They are making an actual impact on the country and it’s poverty and hunger rates, which in turn affects education, economy, and equality. India is a nation who has gone through serious hardships and has been taken advantage of by other, wealthier countries, which is not morally acceptable. However, the actions taken by Stop Hunger Now are completely morally acceptable and beneficial in every way. They are taking a beneficence stand to actually reach out and do good things to help others. They are not standing back and watching bad things happen, they are actively pursuing justice and attempting to give everyone in poverty a fair chance and the rights to everything they deserve. The Rights Theory states all people have protected privileges of life, freedom, and to not be tortured and that’s exactly what this organization is trying to give the people of India. Stop Hunger Now is following the Utilitarianism Theory and seeking the greatest good for the greatest number of people to distribute wealth and optimize happiness. Overall, this organization is using effective practices to help India in as many ways as possible and help dig them out of poverty and hunger.

 

Works Cited

Jensen, Eric. Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do about It. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2009. Print.

"Stop Hunger Now India | Together We Can End Hunger." Stop Hunger Now India Front Page Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015. <http://intl.stophungernow.org/in/>.

Tilak, Jandhyala B.g. "Post-elementary Education, Poverty and Development in India." International Journal of Educational Development 27.4 (2007): 435-45. Web.

Toteja, G. S., Padam Singh, B. S. Dhillon, B. N. Saxena, F. U. Ahmed, R. P. Singh, Balendu Prakash, K. Vijayaraghavan, Y. Singh, A. Rauf, U. C. Sarma, Sanjay Gandhi, Lalita Behl, Krishna Mukherjee, S. S. Swami, Viu Meru, Prakash Chandra, Chandrawati, and Uday Mohan. "Prevalence of Anemia among Pregnant Women and Adolescent Girls in 16 Districts of India." Food Nutr Bull Food and Nutrition Bulletin 27.4 (2006): 311-15. Web.