Liness and her younger sister Oxilda live in Zambia, just one of the many countries around the world that is currently experiencing crippling food shortages.
Not too long ago, 17-year-old Liness and 12-year-old Oxilda were like any other girls. They went to school, helped with chores, and played with their friends.
But that was all before the drought that destroyed their mother’s crop.
“I could not enrol into grade eight because my mother could not afford to pay my school fees due to the failed maize harvest,” explains Liness.
Now, neither Liness or Oxilda are in school. They spend long days working the fields. With their water source dried up, they must walk 3 hours under a blazing sun to collect water. This journey poses new threats, including injury and violence.
Now, they eat one meal a day – and some days nothing at all.
Their situation is not unique. Every day, girls around the world go without food, without education, and without security.
Girls are the first to be taken out of school, and the last to be fed. When the situation becomes dire, their parents may be forced to consider marrying their daughters off for a dowry or making their daughters work for an income. Not because they want to, but because they are trying to survive.
This isn’t because parents don’t love and care for their children. This is because they often feel like it’s their only option. That’s where you come in.
Food shortages effect every aspect of a girl’s life.
But you can do something about it.