Monday, January 31, 2011

Kranji Countryside outing with the Kids

Went to the Kranji Countryside with the children from Kidsread program on sat. It was quite an interesting visit and reminds me of my kampong days when we used to live so close to nature. Anyway, the Kranji countryside was supposed to have been named the world's first and best LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability)  region. Do check it out for something different to do in Singapore. :)


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Feed A Child

Why not start the new year doing something good? 

For every person who takes this short hunger quiz (it's like only 6 questions testing your general knowledge on world hunger), a child will receive a warm meal thanks to an anonymous donor to World Food Program. 


 Here's the links:

Or if you are feeling generous and grateful with life and in the mood like i was a few months ago, you may like to make a difference with a donation to fight hunger. It takes just one US dollar to fill 4 cups of nutritious meals for four little children. I think simply for the fact that we are living in countries that allows us access to clean food and water, which i often take for granted, we should already be feeling grateful with life.

And below are some hunger stats you may be surprised to learn.

  • 925 million people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union;
    (Source: FAO news release, 14 September 2010)
  • 98 percent of the world's hungry live in developing countries;
    (Source: FAO news release, 2010)
  • Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people;
  • Women make up a little over half of the world's population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world’s hungry.
    (Source:  Strengthening efforts to eradicate hunger..., ECOSOC, 2007)
  • 65 percent  of the world's hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
    (Source: FAO news release, 2010)
  • More than 70 percent of the world's 146 million underweight children under age five years live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone;
    (Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)
  • 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths;
    (Source: The State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 2007)
  • The cost of undernutrition to national economic development is estimated at US$20-30 billion per annum;
    (Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)
  • One out of four children - roughly 146 million - in developing countries are underweight;
    (Source: The State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 2007)
  • Every year WFP feeds more than 20 million children in school feeding programmes in some 70 countries. In 2008, WFP fed a record 23 million children.
    (Source: WFP School Feeding Unit)
  • It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc
    (Source: WFP Annual Report 2007)
  • Undernutrition contributes to 53 percent of the 9.7 million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
    (Source: Under five deaths by cause, UNICEF, 2006)
  • Lack of Vitamin A kills a million infants a year
    (Source: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency, A Global Progress Report, UNICEF)
  • Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people.6 Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent.
    (Source:  World Health Organization, WHO Global Database on Anaemia)
  • Iron deficiency is impairing the mental development of 40-60 percent children in developing countries
    (Source: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency, A Global Progress Report, p2, UNICEF)
  • Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage. Worldwide, 1.9 billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency, which can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt
    (Source:  UN Standing Committee on Nutrition. World Nutrition Situation 5th report. 2005)