Sonam Kapoor has been roped in to create awareness about malnutrition in India, as the goodwill ambassador of a Mumbai-based NGO, Fight Hunger Foundation. The organisation is presently active in three states — Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where its expert teams diagnose and treat malnourished children, and work with mothers on prevention techniques.
“Each year, over one million children die of malnutrition-related issues in the country. It is inconceivable to me that there are children who do not have access to proper nutrition and clean water. We cannot build a productive and peaceful world on empty stomachs,” says Sonam.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of the issue, Sonam recently visited one of Fight Hunger Foundation’s project sites at Chota Sion Hospital, Mumbai. During her visit, Sonam met many mothers and malnourished children, and took the time to speak to the dedicated hospital staff to learn more. One of the children she met, 10-month-old Silvan, was on the road to recovery after being diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition.
“Seeing these children suffer from malnutrition has been devastating for me. But it has also made me realise that we can do more to end these deaths caused due to malnutrition. It is an easily preventable condition. That is why I have decided to help raise awareness about this. I have seen the work this organisation has done to save the lives of malnourished children, and I congratulate them for their dedication to the cause. I hope that together we can create a hunger-free India. I urge people to come forward and support us in our fight against malnutrition,” adds Sonam.
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