no child shoud suffer from hunger
Khamsawei is 11 years old and lives in a rural village on the border of Vietnam. Her family are farmers, and it’s a hard life. The corn they grow is only suitable as animal-feed, and can only be sold from May to November.
The lean months hurt. Khamsawei and her siblings are often hungry. She finds school challenging as she struggles with stomach aches, and often feels tired, angry and dizzy. She told us:
“I find it hard to concentrate when I am hungry. The teacher tries to explain something but I cannot understand it because I feel sleepy,”
Khamsawei does not want to end up like her elder sister Oudai, who suffers from stunting. When Oudai was Khamsawei’s age, she weighed only 25kg and was the height of an average Australian 6-year-old. Today she is not much bigger.
Chronic malnutrition means Oudai has fallen far behind her peers at her local primary school. She’s had to repeat several grades because she falls sick so often. At 15, she’s still in grade 6, only a year ahead of Khamsawei.
Your donation today will help provide nutritious food and clean water for children like Khamsawei and Oudai, and medical equipment and training for health staff to identify and respond to childhood malnutrition.