Nahrung und Trinkwasser: zentrale Bedeutung in der humanitären Hilfe

As important as food and nutrition are for human life, these basic human needs are centrally addressed by Sign of Hope in both humanitarian assistance and development cooperation. Satisfying food and the intake of essential nutrients are central to the fight to overcome poverty, disease and hunger in many countries of the global South. According to the World Food Programme, 821 million people suffer from hunger - one in nine worldwide - particularly affected are developing countries in Asia and Africa. The challenges posed by climate change will require even greater efforts from the global community in the future.

Both in long-term projects and as part of short- to medium-term relief efforts, Sign of Hope works with its local partner organisations to improve the lives of marginalised and suffering populations. Whether in the context of agricultural training to increase crop yields, through food distributions in the wake of famine, or in improving marketing opportunities for agricultural products: The focus is on providing direct assistance to disadvantaged people so that they have sufficient food or can generate an income by selling surpluses, in acute shortage situations as well as in structurally existing poverty.

The needs of these people, their participation in the projects as well as the empowerment of self-help are fundamental guidelines, according to which Sign of Hope aligns itself in the planning and implementation of partnership as well as independently implemented projects. The projects, from the establishment of a network of smallholder field schools to the distribution of food rations and seed production, are accompanied by thematic training as well as education and awareness-raising measures for the population to be supported. This ensures the greatest possible impact beyond the immediate relief and development activities.

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Emergency assistance project in the Horn of Africa

In Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, it has repeatedly failed to rain in recent years, leaving people suffering from acute hunger and water shortages. Climatic changes such as droughts have a direct impact on people's lives - livestock die because they cannot find enough food and water, agriculture...
Pausenzeit ist für die meisten Kinder auf der Welt die beste Zeit – für die Schülerinnen und Schüler in Tombura und Yambio ist sie teilweise lebenswichtig, denn es gibt Essen.

Food for children in Western Equatoria

In order to provide children in the state of Western Equatoria with food and reduce malnutrition, Sign of Hope is implementing a school feeding program at kindergartens and an elementary school with the diocese of Tambura Yambio. This also promotes the children's education.
Herstellung von Futterergänzungen aus invasiven Pflanzen

Improved living conditions in northern Kenya

Marsabit County is one of the poorest counties in Kenya and is severely affected by the effects of climate change. The population suffers from prolonged periods of drought, flooding and pest infestation. The project aims to improve living conditions and ensure food security for people in remote...
Training in Quetzaltenango

Education and health for Guatemala

The communities of Quetzaltenango and San Marcos in western Guatemala offer youths and young adults hardly any future: The level of education is low and unemployment is high. Since the health care system in the region hardly functions either, people with few resources get into serious trouble when...
Frau in der Trockenheit Äthiopiens

Food security and peace for the people in the South Omo Zone

In the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia (SNNPR) region in the southwest of the country, food is scarce due to climatic changes. Plants and animals alike are suffering. The emerging competition for the few resources also results in conflicts between different villages and...
Frauen in überfluteten Feldern

Food security after floods

Mozambique is regularly affected by cyclones. The resulting floods destroy fields as well as pastures, damage agriculture, livestock and thus the local population. Through our project, we want to improve the nutritional situation of the people and give them access to seeds and chickens.
Frau im Süden Äthiopiens

Securing food and water supply

The people of Bena Tsemay district in southern Ethiopia are threatened by poverty and the effects of climate change, they suffer from droughts that are only occasionally interrupted by floods. Poor infrastructure and a lack of awareness of the effects of climate change prevent them from...
Kuhverteilung in Armenien

Cow distribution North Armenia

To support families in the structurally weak north of Armenia, 13 households in the Shirak region are each receiving a pregnant cow. Along with training and veterinary care, this enables the families to produce dairy products and meat for their own consumption and later for sale. The first calf born...
Ein Mann im Feld in Malawi

Sustainable fishing and agriculture

The main problem in Salima and Nkhotakota districts in Central Malawi is the loss of natural resources such as forests, soils, water and fish. The effects of this loss are food insecurity, poverty, social problems, loss of soil diversity and increasing vulnerability of the population to climate...

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