"It hurts when I am hungry"
Some days 5 year old Rose from Emali, Kenya comes to school so weak from hunger, she can barely stand.
Rose's mum Linda's heart breaks when she knows the only 'meal' Rose will have for the day is a little maize porridge at dinner. She told us:
"I feel very bad when I cannot give my children healthy food. It is worse at night when the younger ones keep crying, and tossing and turning because they are hungry."
Drought in Kenya is making things even harder for struggling families. It's destroyed the crops, and dried up water supplies.
One in 5 children is already stunted from malnutrition.
Little Rose is dangerously malnourished and knows the feeling of hunger all too well:
"It hurts when I am hungry. I feel weak and dizzy and have headaches. It makes me sad when I stay hungry the whole day and go to sleep hungry."
Children are suffering from lack of Vitamin A, Iron and Zinc. The great danger is without access to the food they need their physical and mental development can be damaged forever.
Your donation today can provide chickens to ensure children like Rose don't have to go to bed hungry any longer.
It takes just $36 to provide two hens...which in 5 months can produce a flock of 16 chicks. And once the new chickens start laying at 6 months old there'll be plenty of eggs for Rose to eat and her mum Linda to sell.
Just 2 eggs a day can give a child essential vitamins to keep them healthy, and safe from hunger.
Why Bill Gates Says Chickens Are Great
Bill Gates, in an article in June last year, explained there are 4 reasons why chickens are a powerful way to help children like little Rose:
- Eggs are a great supply of essential vitamins for children
- Chickens are easy and cheap to look after - they can feed themselves from insects and scraps
- In 5 months a $36 gift of two hens can produce a flock of 16 chickens for eggs, meat and breeding
- Raising chickens is usually a woman's business, and women generally use profits for children
Makes sense, doesn't it?
"It hurts me when I am hungry. I feel weak and dizzy and have headaches. It makes me sad when I stay hungry the whole day and go to sleep hungry." - Rose, age 5