Democratic Republic of Congo
The second largest country of Africa, full of paradoxes. On one hand, it is rich in natural resources (including cobalt, copper, coltan, crude oil, diamonds, gold); on the other hand, its inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. For decades, the DRC has been suffering from prolonged conflicts that have led to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world.
- 15,6 million people – 18% of the population suffer from hunger
- 3,4 million children under 5 years are acutely malnourished
- 41,8% million children under 5 years are stunted
- 63,2% of children below 5 years of age and 41% of women 15-49 years are anemic
What will my child be like? Will it take after me? Will it inherit my talents or interests? These are questions all new mothers wonder about. One thing is for sure – no mother wants to pass hunger on to her child.
In spite of this, for generations now millions of mothers have been suffering from hunger, unable to break free from the destructive legacy of war and extreme poverty. Children who experience hunger during the first 1,000 days of their lives never recover. If a child under the age of five doesn’t receive adequate nutrition, its body loses the ability to fully develop essential neurons.
Mother’s Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate all of the strong, beautiful and inspiring mothers we’ve met at the Foundation. Many of these women spend days travelling with their children to our feeding centers in Congo and Mauritania. Often undernourished yet undaunted by life’s hardships, the mothers try to stop the cycle of hunger. We do everything in our power to help them.
In our feeding centers we help children recover from acute hunger and offer their parents workshops on growing vegetables and the basics of nutrition. But our support doesn’t end there. Once the young patients complete therapy, we regularly visit them in their homes. Since the beginning of Good Factory’s activities, we’ve saved tens of thousands of children. Every day, we take in more and more patients. It is only thanks to your help that our doors stay open to anyone who needs our help.
This Mother’s Day, fulfill a mother’s biggest dream and help her feed her greatest treasure.