My name is Rhian and I work in the Marketing team at innocent and as a volunteer foundation guardian, I’m partnered with the University of Washington. This project is based in Sierra Leone and looks to build a conclusion on the best way to treat children with moderate acute malnutrition by giving therapeutic food to children who are deemed to be at high risk of their condition worsening. There are 34.5 million children who suffer from moderate acute malnutrition, and at the moment there’s no global consensus on how best to treat them.
This project is really new. Recruitment of children for the study began at the end of 2018, and we’ll see full results until 2020, but so far everything is on track.
We’ve been raising awareness of the project within Fruit Towers and working alongside the researchers to identify their skills gaps and how we can help – great news is that this will be one of our advertised foundation scholarship projects this year, which means a member of the innocent team might head out to Sierra Leone to help solve a business challenge.
My name is Ash and I work in the commercial team. I also volunteer to work as an innocent foundation guardian on the Ace Africa & Haller project, which is based across villages in Kenya.
Ace are experts in training & Haller are experts in the technical side of fish farming. Together they are helping villages across Kenya with something the local communities they work with haven’t don’t before, sustainable fish farming, which will get more nutritional meals and support the imbalance of damaged crops for vulnerable households living in the community.
I have been part of this project for 1 and half years and 3 big wins from the project are:
1. Villages are harvesting more fish – 300 YoY
2. The fish harvest increased from 68kg to 300kg
3. Sustainably improved food security and nutrition amongst 320 vulnerable households.
One of our goals is to stop children dying from hunger. It is completely unacceptable that acute malnutrition kills five million children under the age of five every year. Although more than 70% of children treated are cured, only 1 in 5 children affected can access the treatment they need.
We’ve been working on this problem with our partners at Action Against Hunger since 2014 and proved that you can massively increase the number of children getting the treatment they need if you make it easy for parents to access care in their own communities. As a result, the government of Mali changed their national treatment policy. But we wanted to do more.
© B.Stevens (i-images) for Action Against Hunger
Coordinated action is the most effective way help, so we’ve joined the No Wasted Lives coalition. It’s a global movement of leading charities, agencies and donors which is accelerating the child survival revolution by working towards doubling the proportion of children globally receiving treatment for severe acute malnutrition by 2020.
One of No Wasted Lives’ top priorities is identifying areas where further research is desperately needed to find better ways of finding and treating the 50.5 million children with acute malnutrition. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve decided to fund four cutting edge research projects. We’re giving £1.1m to 11 international research institution working in five countries. You can find out more about these projects here.
Here at innocent foundation we support our partners to help hungry people to produce more food, to feed themselves and their families, and towards creating a stable income. We use the Global Hunger Index to help us decide where to aim our funding, choosing only to work with partners in countries described as having an alarming or serious hunger situation.
One of the projects we proudly support is with the charity Feedback Madagascar. They work alongside communities to improve agricultural techniques and reduce poverty. The project we’re helping to fund is supporting 800 of the most vulnerable households to reduce the risk of crops failing and families going hungry. Women are especially vulnerable in Madagascar because of the difficulties they face with owning their own patch of land. The project is empowering women, helping them to own land, teaching them how to grow vegetables, and training them in leadership so they can share their new skills with their community.
One of the women who has benefited from the project is Christine. Working with Feedback Madagascar, she has learned to compost and improve the yield of her crops, which has led to an excellent season producing peanuts and corn. Not only has she grown enough to feed her family, Christine also has some extra corn to sell to her neighbours. She has become a ‘woman leader’ in her community and is now teaching other people to grow their own food.
Over three years, the project has had 22 ‘women leaders’ active in their respective communities. Each passing on the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired and empowering more women to take on the challenge of learning new farming techniques and growing more food for their tables.
Our friends at Make Lunch are celebrating their fifth birthday this year. The organisation was started by Rach Warwick back in 2011 after she saw a documentary called Poor Kids. Rach learnt that school holidays are not just a break from the classroom. For many, they are also a break from hot meals. And she decided to do something about it. At school more than 1.2 million pupils who may otherwise go without are eligible to receive free school meals. Outside of term time though, free school meals are not available and many pupils are left without regular hot food. This is where MakeLunch comes in. During school holidays, their network of community groups open Lunch Kitchens across the UK to provide free, healthy, cooked food for pupils who usually receive free school meals. We're really proud to support their work. You can read more about how we do that here.
It's not just about food though. What strikes me whenever I visit Lunch Kitchens around the UK is the sense of community between volunteers, parents and kids, and the fun that everyone is having. Poverty doesn't just cause hunger - it can also create a sense of isolation and stigma. So I was delighted to read five stories about how being part of the Make Lunch family has changed this for five children.
Happy birthday to everyone at Make Lunch.
We’re looking for a fabulous grant officer to join the innocent foundation, taking our tiny team from one person to two. The right person will share our passion to win the fight against global hunger, and will thrive in a flexible, fast-moving environment.
Innocent drinks have always donated 10% of profits to charity, and the majority of it comes to us at the innocent foundation. We’re a grant-making charity which funds outstanding charities to deliver projects tackling hunger around the world. Over the last 12 years, we’ve given £4m to help more than 630,000 hungry people and learnt a lot about how to make the biggest possible impact with our donations. We’ve now grown to an annual income of £1m which supports a portfolio of 16 partners globally.
As our grant officer, you will manage half of our grant portfolio – our seed funding and local food poverty grants - and find fantastic new partners for us to work with. You’ll keep our trustee board updated on the foundation portfolio and work with our funder, innocent, to inspire their employees and drinkers about the foundation’s work.
Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Applications close 19th June with the successful candidate starting ASAP, so get your skates on.