Hunger is taking her further away from her future.

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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.

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Food shortages effect every aspect of a girl’s life.
But you can do something about it.

By donating today, you could help:

  • Provide children with hot lunches at school so they can continue their education instead of working or sourcing food.
  • Deliver scholarships, school supplies and literacy and numeracy training to disadvantaged children.
  • Teach children the importance of healthy, nutritious food through school gardens.
  • Protect the health and safety of girls at risk of malnutrition, child marriage, child labour and exploitation with awareness workshops and dedicated case workers,
  • Distribute emergency food to those in crisis, with a particular focus on ensuring girls and women aren’t excluded.
  • Provide the seeds, supplies and support families need to protect their crops and livelihoods.
  • Train farming cooperatives to adapt their crops and farming practises to an ever-changing climate.


Just as every girl’s life is unique, so is every country. These are examples of how your gift could support girls all over the world who are facing hunger, child marriage, violence and inequality.

By donating today to support this critical work, you’re helping girls everywhere reclaim their futures. Will you help?

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