Malnutrition is the cause of nearly half (45%) of all deaths in children under five years of age. Acute malnutrition causes devastating effects. Approximately 55 million children under five worldwide suffer from malnutrition and 3.1 million children die every year. Many children in sub-Saharan Africa are malnourished because they do not get adequate protein, vitamins and nutrients in their diet. Children eat casava, sweet potatoes, and possibly other vegetables but the lack of protein and vitamins leads to serious consequences. Malnutrition leads to edema (swelling), lack of energy, stunting, a change in hair color and eventually can cause tissue repair issues and severe developmental issues.
The mission of FARE International is to serve individuals and families in the world's poorest nations by saving the lives of children suffering from malnutrition and providing access to food security, clean water and sanitation to communities in need.
Malnutrition, if left untreated, can cause lifelong impairments ranging from decreased mental capacity, physical stunting, increased risk for diseases, devastating risks for women during childbirth and even death. FARE International aims to reduce those risks by treating not only children who are currently malnourished, but preventing malnutrition using a holistic approach. The underlying causes of malnutrition include poverty, lack of access to food, disease, lack of safe drinking water, conflicts and climate change. Our projects address many of the underlying causes of malnutrition.