World Food Day 2015, hellofood launches campaign “You Say. We Give” to fight hunger


Today is World Food Day – an annual day of action against hunger. Every year on that day, people around the world come together for a common cause: to contribute to the eradication of hunger. It all began in 1945 in Quebec with the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to raise awareness and engage people in the fight against hunger.

World Food Day

World Food Day

Photo credit: World Food Day
Based on FAO’s research, 805 million people, one in nine worldwide, live with chronic hunger. 60% of these are women, while almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.

In honour of this day, food ordering app hellofood launches “You Say. We Give”, a week-long campaign to encourage collective efforts and be part of this global movement.

HelloFood

HelloFood

Photo credit:Hello Food

From the 16th to the 22nd of October, hellofood will be collecting its customers’ wishes. One can choose between 5 stock food items (rice, beans, flour, sugar and maize) simply by commenting on the Facebook post. hellofood will donate 1kg of that on his/her behalf to the Elohim Child Development Center. If the post is shared, hellofood will double the donation. So, the more people speak, the more hellofood gives.

With one simple click, hellofood will donate one kilo of food to the Elohim Child Development Center. Giving has never been so easy. Join the global movement to end one of the most persistent universal challenges. Be part of the solution and make a tangible difference with hellofood.

About hellofood

Hellofood and its affiliate brand foodpanda group is the leading global online food delivery marketplace, active in 40 countries on five continents. The company enables restaurants to become visible in the online and mobile world and provides them with a constantly evolving online technology. For consumers, hellofood offers the convenience to order food online and the widest gastronomic range, from which they can choose their favorite meal on the web or via the app. hellofood operates in Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Algeria. Delivery Club operates in Russia. NetPincer in Hungary, Donesi in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, and Pauza in Croatia, Room Service in Malaysia and Singapore, City Delivery in Philippines, Food By Phone in Thailand, Koziness and Dial-a-Dinner in Hong Kong, Eatoye in Pakistan, and 24h in UAE. foodpanda operates in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Georgia.

About World Food Day

World Food Day is the annual day of action against hunger taking place on the 16th of October. It began in 1945 in Quebec and the last 15 years great progresses have been achieved: 40 countries have halved the proportion of people who suffer from hunger; the likelihood of a child dying before age five has also been cut in half, which means about 17,000 children are saved every day; and extreme poverty rates have also been cut in half.

When we work to end childhood hunger, we are giving our love to kids who need it so much they will never ask for it.” Beau Bridges

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Hoops for Grace Vs Rafting against Extinction


Dear Patience,

I have been looking at this screen for the last 2 days. There are lots of things that I want to tell you but I do not know how to start. First things first, thank you so much. I received the package of goodness. You know me too well. JJ said you called. Thanks again. I miss you everyday. I tick off the calendar days – they are edging closer.

It has not been easy these past months. I have learnt to choose happiness over all else. It is tougher to wear a smile when you heart is bleeding. Story of my life. I have been reading too. Last weekend, I got myself a month’s worth of reading material at no cost. God still prevails!

October begins tomorrow. Like it has been done for the past 2 years, my friends of the 40 Days over 40 Smiles Foundation are having the annual fundraiser – Hoops 4 Grace. As usual, the event will take place at Bush Court (Naguru) opposite Kampala Parents School. Entrance is only 5,000 Ugx. It is for a good cause – A dormitory for the girls at Elohim.

Go show them some love! It will take place this Saturday!

Basketball and more!

Basketball and more!

On the same day, people throughout the world will march as one for one common purpose:  to educate and spread awareness about the poaching crisis and illegal wildlife trade in ivory and rhino horn that is plaguing our world RIGHT NOW.  In Uganda however, we will not be marching. We will be rafting the Mighty Nile instead!

Conquer the Nile for Rhinos

Conquer the Nile for Rhinos

Over the era of Idi Amin and the civil wars that followed, severe poaching across Uganda resulted in the violent demise of Northern white rhinos and elephants in Uganda. Uganda went from having more mega-herbivores per square kilometer than anywhere else in Africa – with famed herds of thousands of elephants – to seeing rhinos become extinct and elephants dropping to their lowest ever population of just a few hundred.

In recent years the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa has reached unprecedented heights as the demand for ivory and rhino horn has soared in China and other mainly Asian markets.  Whilst poaching is of concern in Uganda, the efforts of the UWA and partner conservation organisations have succeeded in sustaining a slow but steady growth in its elephant population. Uganda’s elephant numbers have increased by 600% since their lowest point in the mid-1990s, and we are the only country in Africa who can claim zero poaching of rhino since their reintroduction in 2006.

Whatever event you choose, you will be doing for a good cause! Stand up and represent, your country needs you!

Patience, I must go now. Always know that my love for you is limitless.

I can’t text you roses, or fax you my heart. I’d email you kisses, but we’d still be apart. I love you to pieces, and just wish you’d see that I care for you so much because you mean the world to me.” Mahmoud El Hallab

The 40-40 Medical Camp


The long-awaited Medical Camp finally happened.

It was a success.

The target was achieved.

But wait, there is more….. Let us back track. The idea was born late last year. This Medical Camp was originally scheduled for November 2014. However, a lot of other programs came in the way. We had to postpone to 2015. The Medical camp is the first activity of #Team4040 in 2015. It took so long to organise. I can not say much on this because Doris was the in-charge. All I know is that she did a terrific job. She without a doubt deserves recognition for taking on this up hill task and delivering to the letter. We argued about everything during the meetings – the budget, the volunteers, the partners, the venue (even!). But in the end, Doris made the final call.

The lady behind it all

The lady behind it all

Among the volunteers (medical) we had, International Medical Foundation, Makerere University Medical School, The Medical Concierge Group, and a few individual medical personnel. We also had Reach A Hand Uganda lend a hand. Saturday, 7th February 2015 will always be a memorable day not only for #Team4040 or our medical and non-medical volunteers but for the residents of Kibuli-Kikubamutwe.

Queues despite the blazing sunshine

Queues despite the blazing sunshine

The venue was St. John Baptist Primary School.By 10:00 am, we were set. The residents of the community started trickling. Massive confusion as this was our first time to do this. However, we got the hang of it and soon all was smooth. The HIV/AIDS testing point was the busiest corner of the day. When Viola (RAHU) started the sex education; all ears and eyes turned to her. The doctors were forgotten. The people had all sorts of questions and the team from RAHU was well equipped with answers. As the sun increased in intensity so did the queues. Longer queues Entertainment was provided by the International Medical Foundation Drama Club. A club made up of the youth residing in the area with a powerful message for the community. Edutainment The traffic grew in number that at 4:30 pm, registration of new patients had to close. At the end of the day, over 500 community members accessed free medical services. About 7,000 male condoms and 250 female condoms were distributed by RAHU Free condoms Excited volunteers with Amama Mbabazi Door to door sensitization by the peer educators from RAHU I can not end this post without saying a HUGE THANK YOU to our volunteers both medical and non-medical. Special thanks to Reach A Hand Uganda, International Medical Foundation, The Medical Concierge Group, Makerere University Medical School and of course, Dr. John-Mark who was the man behind the scenes. Doris, thank you for putting everything together. The 40 Days over 40 Smiles Foundation who birthed the idea, thank you. The future is birght!

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you”. – John Wooden

The World Will Remember You


For weeks now, I have been thinking and planning how this blog should flow. Lots of ideas have come into my head, in the taxi to work, on the bodaboda cruising to a meeting in town.
It has been there always. Now that I am writing, I am at loss for words.

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Esther Kalenzi. We fondly call her E-star because truly she is a star. This beautiful lady needs no introduction. Just check out: http://www.40daysover40smiles.org/ You will be amazed I tell you!

With the wonderful #Team4040, I have not made friends. You guys are family. It is official.

I can only conclude with 2 words to E-star and her selfless and tireless team: THANK YOU!

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” Maya AngelouImage

 

Be the change that you want to see in the world.”