Packets of Plumpy’nut are small, but mighty. These ready-to-use therapeutic food servings are essential to meeting the food needs of 7,700 people vulnerable to severe hunger and malnutrition in the Gedo region of Somalia.

Dealing with Drought… Again

Men and women living in Gedo used to make ends meet by farming and raising livestock. Yet, in 2015, a rainy season without enough rain devastated the crops of many and put their animals at risk of starving. In 2016, nothing changed.

Today, drought, exacerbated by climate change, is still making it difficult to put food on the table.

Gedo is home to over 735,000 people. Having fled political conflict in other parts of Somalia, a staggering 3,000 internally displaced persons are also dependent on the sparse resources of this region. Every one of these people who goes to bed hungry is one too many.

PWS&D is supporting a Canadian Foodgrains Bank project that sets up clinics for children, pregnant and lactating women to be assessed for malnutrition and receive fast, effective treatment. Plumpy’nut, a peanut paste fortified with vitamins, nutrients and protein, is administered to children under five, and caretakers receive three daily meals so they too can have strength for tomorrow.

Learning for The Future

Through this program, important training is also given to new mothers—now, they have hope to prevent malnutrition in those they love through proper breastfeeding and income generating activities.

“I’m happy I was educated about breastfeeding my child,” says Nasra, a mother who learned through this program how to keep her son safe from disease through breastfeeding. “My child looks healthier than other children his age in the camp who were fed other foods.”

*This project receives support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank. PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. This project was undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.

Banner photo: Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D helps people like Sa’diya Abdirrahman Mohamed and her daughter Miriam of Somalia access essential supplies and overcome hunger and malnutrition. Photo: ADRA/Matthew Sawatzky